Fight Club 201 - Know Your Tools
As martial artists, we have a lot of tools available to us to present an effective and (hopefully) formidable attack or defense against an attacker. Fingers, fists, hands, wrists, elbows, knees, feet... all kinds of things. And we don't just use only one. While one may do the trick, typically, multiple tools are used in conjunction with each other. You may use an elbow first, followed by a knee, then a stomp. See what I'm saying? We can't rely on only one tool, we have to use as many as necessary to stop the threat.
And as a Christian, the same thing holds true for you. You have multiple tools that must be used together in your struggle. Not just one. You can't rely on just one tool. *cough cough* prayer *cough cough*
We looked briefly at 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 which says that the weapons (or tools or instruments) of our warfare are not carnal - or worldly - but mighty in God. So what are those "instruments of warfare?" All we have to do is look to Ephesians 6.
We're told to be strong in God. It's His tools that are mighty, right? It's His armor we should put on. Everything we should rely on belongs to Him. We're not supposed to rely on ourselves at all.
So what's the first tool we're told to rely on? What's the first one we're told about? What's the first thing we need? Truth. (Ephesians 6:14) Not facts. Truth. Yes. There's a difference between the two. Fact: Joe shot Fred. Truth: Fred tried to stab Joe, so Joe shot Fred in self-defense. Does the fact still remain? Sure. But the truth of th situation is what matters.
What truth? There's only one truth. God's Word. God's Word is truth (John 17:17). When we look at what Ephesians 6:14 tells us, we're to gird ourselves or wrap ourselves up in truth. Some translations say it's like a belt. In the end, our goal is to surround ourselves with the Word.
How do we do that? Yes - we should literally surround ourselves with the Word in any way possible. We should stop listening to the things of the world. But just like you feed your natural body food, you have to feed your spirit body. You have to consume it. Digest it. Make it a part of you. That's how we grow in strength and maturity spiritually - by feeding our spirit the Word.
Hearing a sermon once or twice a week is not enough. Reading a verse or two a couple times a week isn't going to cut it. A two minute daily devotional or even an awesome 3-4 minute video on practical application for scripture is not nearly adequate. You must consume the Word. Chew on it. Savor it. Relish it. Digest it. Make it a part of you.
This world inundates you all day every day with it's word and what it wants to pass off as truth. Stop watching and listening to the things of the world because it gives the Devil opportunity. It gives him a chance to get a word in - his word. And that's not the word we need - we need to surround ourselves and wrap ourselves up in God's Word.
Stop wasting time on things that aren't going to build you up and conform you to the image of Christ. Stop letting things that aren't going to have a positive spiritual impact on you or others steal your time.
Practice the love of God.
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