We need the Word of God. We need scripture, and we need to know what the Bible says. Because when it comes down to it, that's the only thing that is going to save you when the lies start pouring into your ears. Remembering what God says about your will always trump what the world says about you, but in order to see through the facade, we need to know the truth.
Boy howdy, I've recently learned just how powerful the living, breathing Word of God is. Today, in a moment of heartache, the word was my comfort, and I realized first-hand how important bible study is. So if you doubt it at all, here is a little testimony:
The enemy started attacking me with unworthiness for my past during worship this morning. Thoughts of, "I've messed up too many times. I've made too many mistakes. I will never be good enough." began hitting me hard.
Last night, I read Acts 16, and a specific passage passed into my mind.
Paul and Silas were thrown in jail. A guard was put at the door to secure the prisoners, but he fell asleep at his post. In the night, the prisoners began to praise and worship God without fear. And as they did this, the earth shook with a violent earthquake. Their chains broke. The doors were thrown open. They were free.
When the guard awoke, he realized that the doors stood wide open. So he drew his sword to kill himself. He knew that if the prisoners were free, he was going to be put to death for allowing them to escape.
Then this happened:
“But Paul shouted, 'Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!' The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'"
Y'all, when we don't live for God, we fall on our swords for our mistakes. But the great thing about Jesus is WE DON'T HAVE TO.
God is grace.
Jesus is salvation. He has taken on our sins so we can be blameless in the sight of God. Your mistakes might have consequences, but they do not disqualify you from the hope, love, and redemption promised by the sacrifice of Christ. He is here, and you don't have to fall on your sword.
I was so thankful for that moment of new-found freedom. When the enemy has attacked me in the past, I was quick to listen to the lies. On more than one occasion, I've found myself crumpled on the ground in tears. But today, the Lord saved me from that misery. The simple act of reading the bible was enough to protect my mind, heart, and soul from the lies.
You don't have to have a masters in theology to read the Bible and allow it to permeate your mind. Regardless, if you want to be ready for the inevitable attack that comes with loving Christ on Earth, you've gotta have your sword at the ready.* You are a mighty warrior, and we don't have time to trifle with the petty attacks of the enemy. Time to pick up your weapon. Time to fight back.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak." (Ephesians 6:10-20)