Fighting off the Burglar
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”1
An elderly Widow woke in the middle of the night, alerted by a noise. She tiptoed down steps to discover she had a burglar in her home. She shouted at the intruder, “Stop in the name of the Lord, repent for the forgiveness of your sins. Acts 2:38!” the burglar immediately froze, raised both arms in the air in surrender and stood motionless while the widow called the police. When they arrived, they arrested the thief who was still in surrender posture. The policeman asked the burglar, “Buddy, why were you so intimidated by a lady who shouted at you and quoted a Bible scripture?” “What do you mean Bible scripture? That lady was armed and dangerous! She said she had an ax and two 38’s.”2
While this may be a funny illustration, I think it is important to remember just how powerful the Word of God is. Satan will do what he can to manipulate God’s Word to tempt us to do what is against God’s will, just like in the Garden of Eden when he tempted Eve. John 10:10 tells us, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Satan doesn’t just want to steal from us, he wants to destroy us! But we are reminded in 1 John 4:4, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
The next time Satan tries to burglarize your home, pull out the Word of God and fight back. Let us imitate Jesus when he said, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” God has given us the victory and the ultimate weapon against all of Satan’s schemes… the Bible!
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, allow your Word to penetrate the most innermost parts of my being. Allow your Words to resonate in my heart, mind, and soul. When Satan tries to burglarize my life, help me be like you and confidently proclaim the truths found in the Bible. Thank you for the victory I have in you. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT).
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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.