From the time my children were little, they were taught gun safety. They are aware of the ways in which to handle and carry a gun. They know how to load and shoot guns, as well. It was important as their parent for Chris to teach them how to use and take care of guns responsibly.
While I don’t believe in a “zombie apocalypse,” it HAS been the running joke for years that we need to have protection, know how to defend ourselves in the event of an attack and what an arsenal would look like in a situation like that.
This makes me think of our own personal Biblical arsenal. The Bible is the sword of the Spirit. It is the part of the Armor of God that allows protection against the devil’s schemes and attacks against us. It is to be used at all times! A biblical arsenal can be a book of scripture or your actual Bible that you have with you. Maybe you have a notebook that you’ve written some verses down in or a Bible study book that you keep handy.
Many verses in the Bible speak to knowing scripture and having scripture handy as a necessity.
“This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will achieve success.” –Joshua 1:8
“I have treasured Your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” –Psalm 119:11
“The Law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.” –Psalm 37:31
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” –Colossians 3:16
I know that I write a LOT about knowing scripture. I do this twofold.
The first, because I know how important it is to have a Biblical arsenal handy in times of struggle, attacks, and trials. I can’t stress enough how calming it feels when a verse that you’ve memorized or read dozens of times pops into your head courtesy of the Holy Spirit during a time of need. It’s comforting. It feels like confidence. It feels as if you’re not alone. It also opens up the opportunity to take a moment to pray and thank God for the arsenal He’s given.
The second, because I need the reminder even now. And I know I’m not the only one that needs this reminder. It’s work to look up and learn verses. But it’s work that isn’t regretted.
When you are struggling to find joy in your day and the Holy Spirit lays on your heart Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” it allows for a moment to reflect and give praise to our Father. It allows a change of direction in our attitude. When we feel the attack of the devil, perhaps one of the verses you’ve got in your arsenal is “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only,’” Matthew 4:10, the words of Jesus to Satan.
If you’re not great at memorizing, I’d like to suggest something that has worked for me for years. I’ve carried with me 3×5 spiral-bound notecards. I found it in Walmart and started writing verses in it that were important to me. There are verses about salvation and verses about God’s love. There are verses like the previous ones mentioned. There’s verses in it about prayer. They are simply my own hand-written biblical arsenal that I can carry to help me through at a moment’s notice.
I encourage you to put together your own arsenal! Let us know in the comments below what your biblical arsenal looks like!