In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17-18

SCRIPTURE: IT’S THE MEANING THAT’S IMPORTANT

Do you ever find it a challenge to fight temptation? Of course you do. We all do. The best way to fight temptation is how Jesus did. When Satan tempted Jesus with bread, power, and freedom from harm, Jesus responded by quoting Scripture. Again and again Satan would throw out a great prize and each time, Jesus shot him down with God’s Word. Follow Jesus’ example and you’ll have a much easier time overcoming the devil’s attempts to tempt you into sin.

Perhaps you are thinking right now, “Bryant that makes a lot of sense, but I’m just not able to memorize things.” Let me offer you some advice. Instead of memorizing the exact words, capture the spirit of the passages. There are two reasons for this. First, worrying over the exact words will trip you up, post a barrier to your learning, and maybe even be so frustrating that you give up. Secondly, it’s the point of the verse that God uses to give us victory over temptation.

Set a goal this week to meditate on one verse that has particular meaning or encouragement for your life. Write it out and place it where you will see it throughout the day: your bathroom mirror, the dashboard of your car, the lock screen of your phone, etc. Every time you see that verse, pause and really read it. By the end of the week, you might be surprised at just how easily that verse comes to mind.

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