Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Monday, November 13 - Spiritual Battles

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.” — Hebrews 4:12

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It’s important for us to recognize and honor veterans and their families, and we should show proper appreciation to those in active military service for defending our way of life. In some ways, military conflicts can be compared to spiritual battles between the good forces of God and the evil forces of the devil. Though we can’t see God the way we see a tank or a rifle, the Lord and His angels are real, wise and powerful. Throughout the Scriptures, we see the power of God to overcome the devil.

When Jesus faced the devil in the wilderness in Matthew 4, he didn’t fight the devil with his fists. Jesus showed that spiritual conflicts are ongoing from day to day and we need to focus our minds for these battles. Jesus quoted God’s Word because it is more powerful than any weapon we hold in our hands (Hebrews 4:12, above). When the devil tempted Jesus three times, Jesus stood strong with Scripture.

After Satan tried to get Jesus to worship him, Jesus refused. “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”‘ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:10-11).

Through Christ, we are also victorious when we rely upon Him. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

If we are lacking in knowledge of God’s Word, we’ll struggle to fight the enemy. His Word is our sword (Ephesians 6:17).

Do you know the Word of God, and are you ready to use it as a powerful weapon against the enemy? If not, start studying it daily and hide the words away in your heart so you can use it when the attacks come.

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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