Saturday, January 28, 2012
Killing flies is like trying to defeat the devil. Have you ever noticed that when you don’t have a flyswatter that flies buzz around your head and annoy you to pieces, but get a flyswatter and they begin to fly off. If you actually kill one, the flies disappear completely. Then we think they are gone, we put the flyswatter up and sit back down only to realize that without a weapon we no longer have a defense against the flies. Imagine if we kept our flyswatter beside us all the time. Flies would not fly near as close. In relating this to our spiritual walk, some truths stuck out at me.
Sometimes in life we are just ambling along without really a care in the world when BAM! A bunch of flies in the form of tests and trials come our way. At first they may seem like pesky annoyances or maybe even some minor inconveniences and we don’t really think much of it. Then more and more things start coming at us and we begin to look around for something to help us. Sometimes we look to people to help us or just try to handle things in our own strength, but God has equipped us with something even mightier. It is a spiritual flyswatter in the form of the Word of God. If we will read and meditate on God’s Word daily then these tests and trials won’t seem near as significant. The more we read the more faith that will rise from within us. Our spiritual flyswatter gets rid of those pesky flies that discourage us and keep us out of God’s Will.
In Ephesians 6 we are told to put on the whole armor of God. Most of the armor is used as protection in our battles with the devil, however in vs. 17 we see that we are to take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. It is the only weapon available for us to attack and defeat the devil. In order to win the battle we have to have the Word in us. In Matthew 4 we see where satan tempted Jesus. What did Jesus use to defeat him? The Word of God. We must be prepared. God is moving us into a new season. We have to be ready for the attacks that will surely come our way.
I encourage you to set time aside everyday and spend it with God. Set goals for yourself to finish reading passages or books by a certain deadline. Get completely immersed in God’s Word so when we have to fight we will be well equipped. Sometimes it feels like we are being attacked from all sides. God’s Word can put it all in perspective.
As I read God’s Word I see promises like: Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3 Begin today to focus on God so that when the battle comes you are more than ready.