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Natural Defense

In Psalm 23, David professes a joyful trust in God, praising Him even when things don’t seem to be going the way they should. This kind of trust isn’t easily acquired. David worked on his relationship with God so he would be prepared to face hardships. We must also actively pursue Christ on a daily basis through reading scripture and praying so that we are prepared to face our own valleys. Another step we can take is to begin memorizing scripture.

Ephesians 6:10-20 refers to the full armor of God. Verse 17 says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” The word of God is our sword.  When we memorize scripture, it becomes a part of us, and it helps build a natural defense within ourselves. I know from experience how beneficial this internal defense can be against times of trouble. When I went through a miscarriage with my wife, I was reading scripture and praying daily, but it wasn’t until I memorized Psalm 23 that my healing process started to progress.

It was a different feeling to be able to recite such comfort from my heart and know this promise from scripture was God’s gift to me. The personal connection to the scripture transformed from being a part of the Bible that I enjoyed into a part of my life that I couldn’t move on without. It reminded me of the importance of the Bible as a living communication tool. No evil can scare God’s people when we begin to ingrain ourselves with His scriptures and know they provide eternal comfort for us.

Reflect:

  • Think through some of your favorite passages of the Bible. What verses or passages would you like to memorize?
  • Setting goals for yourself, such as memorizing a new verse each week, can help you memorize God’s word. What is a realistic goal you can set to memorize scripture?

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