Fight Club 207 - Know Your Tools

Let's expand a little on what we talked about last time. How do you properly use the one thing described as your weapon against the enemy?

We said before that in the martial arts you have a lot of tools you can use for protection. Fingers, hands, fists, wrists, elbows, knees, feet, etc. You have a lot of options. The hard part for some students is learning the right time to use which tool. If my attacker is out of arm's reach - let's say six feet away - I can't quickly and effectively use a fist can I? Like trying to use a hammer when you should be using a screwdriver, it's not really the right tool for that job.

The same thing holds true for the Word of God.

If I make you a promise, you should know the specifics of it, shouldn't you? If I promise to take you to Hawaii for your birthday if you buy a new swim suit, that's what you get. You can't arbitrarily change it to mean I'm taking you to Europe. You can't reapply that to a different time frame. You can't go around telling people I'm going to pay your mortgage. That promise is good for that one thing. Unless I change my mind, of course.

And you have to do your part. You have to buy the swim suit.

It's the same thing with God, His Word, and His promises.

If you're facing a particular struggle, you have to find the right promise for that situation. You have to use the right tool for that job.

If you're having trouble with your "stuff." If your material "things" are breaking down, wearing out, getting stolen... whatever... you can't stand on "no weapon formed against you will prosper" (Isaiah 54:17). That promise is for you. Yourself. Your person. Not your things. It's not applicable to your stuff.

If you're facing sickness of some sort, "give and it will be given unto you" (Luke 6:38) isn't exactly the best promise to hold onto. (Not unless you're out there allow Jesus to heal others through you.)

As wil solving any issue, you first need to know what the problem is. Once you know what the problem is, find the best way to resolve it. Find the best answer. Find the right tool.

After describing the armor of God, Paul tells us to pray continually (Ephesians 6:18). (We'll get to that in the next session.) So after making sure you're wearing God's armor, start in prayer if you have the time. Some situations will not afford you the time to stop what you're doing and pray. You simply need to act in one way or another. Ask God to show you what the real problem is - what the root cause is. Ask Him to show you in His Word what He's already said about it. Ask Him how you should handle it. Ask him for the wisdom to apply it. (Knowledge is knowing what to do, wisdom is knowing when and how to do it.)

Then do it.

Don't ask God for directions if you're not going to follow them. That's sin. Now you have a whole other problem to deal with. Study what you've been given. Speak His Word over your situation. But you have to believe it.

Romans 10:10 tells us that with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. You have to believe - you have to have faith that you're in right standing with God... that you're in a position where you are approved by Him... that what you're saying and doing is exactly what He would have you to do. But it's with your mouth... it's by your words that you are saved. What you say is what brings about your welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, health, and safety. That's what salvation (Strong's 4991) means, remember?

And here's another thing... I might change my mind on when or how to fulfill my promise to you. You might be able to convince me to do that. It's possible. But you will never convince God to change His Word. That would make Him a liar. I might change my mind of my own accord regarding a promise to you. But that would make me a liar. That would ruin my character and my intergrity. But God isn't a liar. He won't go back on His Word. Ever.

You don't use a nuclear bomb to kill a pesky insect. You don't use a screwdriver to set a nail. You don't use a punch to defend against an attacker out of arm's reach. You have to use the right tool for the right job.

You have to find, believe, speak, and act on the right promise of God for any given situation. Wrap yourself in the Word. Find the right promise for your situation. Align yourself - your words and your will - with God. Take up your shield of faith and take action. This is what "correctly handling the Word of God" (2 Timothy 2:15) is all about.

Practice the love of God.

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