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A soldier went to battle with no training, when he drew his sword he did not know how to use it to defend against the blows from the enemy’s attack. How quickly that soldier was defeated! If only he had taken the time to learn how to use his sword he could have defended himself against the enemy.

Learning how to apply God’s word is so important, not only to nourish and help us grow in Christ, but also to defend against our enemy the devil. After all the word is called the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians, and when I use the phrase word I of course mean scripture (the bible).

It is important to note that when Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil He did not rebuke the devil with His own authority but rather with the authority of God’s written word. Jesus’ answer—”it is written”. We must not only know what the bible says, living a life that reflects that teaching, but we must also learn how biblical verses apply in moments of temptation or spiritual oppression and attack. When it comes to dealing with spiritual attacks, a reply from scripture will always gain a swift result!

God’s word is provided for our benefit and blessing and for our safeguard and defence. We are provided with the answers to life's challenges and the responses to moment of darkness and discouragement. When we fell as if our world is becoming darker and less easy to see our way through, put the light on, the word of God that is our light, our counsel and our response to the powers of darkness. Let’s make sure that this year we learn how to use the sword of the Spirit well and see God’s victory and blessing in our lives.

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By J Pennington

Why read the Bible? The answer is simple, by reading the Bible we learn more about the God of Heaven. We find out what He is like; what He approves of and how He pours out His blessing on us; we discover who God is and learn about His plans for our lives; the road to His salvation and the wonderful reward we find when we choose His way. God does not hide from us but makes Himself clearly visible through the verses of the bible.

Why read the bible? The answer is vital, because when we read and understand the teaching within it’s pages we have a guiding light for our lives. A light towards eternal life and a guide to spiritual well-being. When we know the truth contained within it, we have a bench mark to set against our experiences and what others might tell us; a way of discerning whether God is the one speaking when we hear spiritual gifts in operation, a measure to ensure those who teach are teaching God’s word and not their own.

Why read the bible? The answer is profound, when we read and rest in the words contained within it, we find that it is living and powerful; the verses of scripture speak to us as if God were Himself illuminating the verses to communicate with us through His word. After all, the bible declares that all scripture is ‘God breathed’ (given by inspiration from God). This is the reason that the Bible is so dynamic, because the Words bring to life the knowledge of God who caused those words to be written.

We read the bible because it becomes for us spiritual nourishment that brings about the growth and strengthening of our inner man (our spirit).

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