Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Our Chief Weapon

The excerpt below is from J.C. Ryle's commentary on the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11 from his book "Expository Thoughts on Matthew". One of the things Ryle says we should learn from this account is that the chief weapon we ought to use in resisting Satan is the Bible.

Here is one among many reasons why we ought to be diligent readers of our Bibles: the Word is the "sword of the Spirit:" we shall never fight a good fight if we do not use it as our principal weapon. -- The Word is the "lamp " for our feet: we shall never keep the King's highway to heaven if we do not journey by its light (Eph. 6:17; Ps. 119:105) -- It may well be feared that there is not enough Bible-reading amongst us. It is not sufficient to have the Book: we must actually read it, and pray over it ourselves. It will do us no good if it only lies still in our houses: we must be actually familiar with its contents, and have its texts stored in our memories and minds. Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition; it can only be got by hard, regular, daily, attentive, wakeful reading. Do we grudge the time and trouble this will cost us? If we do we are not yet fit for the kingdom of God.

Lord, help me to love your Word as I ought and to delight in reading, memorizing, and meditating on it so that I can be fit to serve You better.

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