[Side note before I begin: WE FINALLY HAVE SNOW!!! I literally thought we were going to skip winter. And now winter has finally arrived!!!! Just when we had begun to think it would never get here. We have like 4-5 inches of snow which is super exciting! Anyway………on to the post!]
The Bible says:
“The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
The word of God is such a powerful tool in our lives. Being familiar with it and emerged in it make so much difference in our spiritual growth and temptations. Can you guess what the most powerful weapon is in our spiritual battles? The word of God.
It helps SOO much to know verses that contain obvious truths in order to fight the lies that we think and are told every second of our lives.
Today, I’d like to share some of the top verses (there’s a lot of ’em) that help fight temptation and that challenge me to do what is right even when it is hard.
We all deal with and/or struggle with laziness to some extent. Often it involves sleeping in or doing the easy thing when the harder thing is better for us or not helping others as we should be doing. One problem with laziness is that Satan will often try to convince us that it isn’t REALLY sinning…..it’s just you know….taking a little bit of a break. On the other side of the spectrum, we sort of need sleep to survive, some more than others, and we also need to rest our body and our brain, so sometimes catching up on sleep or taking a break can be the most spiritual thing we can do.
Sleeping in can be hard because if we don’t exactly have a reason to get up or we don’t find reading the bible motivation enough to get up early (ouch), we probably won’t get up. I was rather amused as well as inspired by a blog post I saw on Skipping Adolescence. Clayton, the author of the blog as part of his New Years resolution was giving his step by step plan for carrying out his resolution of getting up earlier. I will list it here.
Here is my plan for getting up early:
- Set alarm for 7:00 a.m.
- Go to bed by 9:30 p.m.
- Wake up at 7:00 a.m.
- Get out of bed within 5 minutes.
- If I am having trouble staying awake, I will drench my head in cold water in the bathtub. That ought to work!
- In case it doesn’t work, I will jog around the house once or twice.
- Do Bible and prayer time.
- Master this by February 15th, then change the time to 6:30 a.m.
I highlight one particular step:
If I am having trouble staying awake, I will drench my head in cold water in the bathtub. That ought to work!
That is definitely one (good) way to motivate yourself to get out of bed! Personally, I’d rather not do that because I like sleeping a little too much to drench my head in cold water if I am too sleepy to want to get up when I should be! Probably because I am myself rather lazy when it comes to getting up super early when I have nowhere to go or nothing supposedly important enough to do. Probably comes from being homeschooled. (Yeah, that’s just an excuse)
But where was I…..Oh yeah.
Getting up early, not being lazy, doing things for people, etc., etc., all require some sort of motivation strong enough, a passion, a drive. Where do we get this? Where do we find a driving passion to give us the strength to do what is right when it is really hard?
From God, yes. But in particular from His Word.
So here we go.
I would highly encourage you to at least memorize the verse that speaks most powerfully to you. Get as many as possible in you tool belt and use them as sharp weapons when Satan tries to spread lies in your mind.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-24
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” -James 4:17
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” -Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” -Hebrews 13:16
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” -2 Timothy 2:15
“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” -Romans 12:11
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” -1 Corinthians 9:24-27
“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” -Hebrews 6:10-12
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” -Hebrews 12:10-11
“Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So is the lazy one to those who send him.” -Proverbs 10:26
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:15-16
“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’” -Mathew 25:26-28
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
“Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.” -Psalm 139:4
This week’s featured song is Yet I Sin by Jason Waller. I love this song because it so powerfully expresses the struggle in all true Christian hearts with sin. See lyrics here. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I have.
I really hope this post was a blessing to you! I would highly recommend reading my post on the Fear of God here. You can also find Clayton’s blog here, and his post on his new years resolution plan that I quoted from here.
Also, I AM SUPER EXCITED to announce, that in EXACTLY 10 DAYS I will have been blogging FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea what I’m going to do in celebration of that fact, but look out for a possible blogiversary post on FEBRUARY NINETEENTH!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way…..please don’t read my first couple posts…..they were…um…..well…they could….let’s say…use a little improvement?
May the LORD of all heaven and earth bless you and keep you this week and forever!!!!!!
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” -Ephesians 6:13-16 (NASB)
*All scripture quotes are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted