We all know that Jesus countered Satan's temptations by saying, "It is written..." and after three times, Satan left him alone until a more opportune time. But do we actually apply this when we find ourselves in discouraging, exhausting, or tempting circumstances? Don't answer that question until you actually think about it for a minute....
Defeating Satan by reminding him what God's Word says only works if we actually, well, remind him what God's Word says! Sometimes I wonder if we think we're reminding him (when we haven't actually quoted any of the Word). Other times I think we hope that the Lord will just send our enemy away, or that the devil will just leave us alone if we pout and maybe even whine a little bit. Well, let me tell you emphatically, that will not work! And if we don't spend much time in God's Word, thereby not knowing what it does (and does not!) say, we will end up getting whooped up on spiritually.
So how much of God's Word do you really, truly know? Do you know what areas Satan repeatedly and consistently uses to tempt you and beat you down? Have you memorized specific verses to combat those areas? Your enemy is very tactical in his dealings with you ~ and he isn't going to leave you alone just because you want him to. In order to be able to resist the devil so that he will flee from you, you have got to have a lot of God's Word in your weapons arsenal. And you need to be able to rightly apply the Word to your specific struggles and trials. Satan knows this, and he will work to keep you out of God's Word and will go to great lengths to prevent you from memorizing verses.
My challenge to you today is to find a verse or two (at the very minimum!) that you can quote when you are facing the number-one temptation or that really huge area of discouragement. Try it out and see if it doesn't work (I promise you, it does!). When that sense of heaviness comes upon you, say "It is written..." followed by the verse(s) you've hidden in your heart and watch Satan flee.
For homeschooling mothers, this is a terrific lesson to teach your little ones. You will never, ever regret one moment of time spent memorizing from the Bible. But a failure to memorize God's Word is something you will likely regret for the rest of your days.
Lord bless you as you commit to learn God's Word and to appropriate it to your life!
Day 236 done :)
Jan L. Burt