12 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. Psalm 94:12-13
It has been said that Lincoln had these words on the inside of his Bible: “This Book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this Book.”
I know others who have the same words inscribed.
Those words represent a fundamental truth about the Bible’s power in the lives of those who read it (and of those who don’t).
But it’s more than that. We all know that it’s not enough to hear the Word. We have to actually put the words into practice. The prince of darkness certainly does not want us to practice what we know to be true so he sends his minions to stop us at any cost. Usually the attacks are “unexplainable.” Here are two examples.
- You are really tired for some reason so you skip out on your Bible reading or tone it down…just for today.
- You are in a very irritable mood right before you open your Bible and maybe even while you’re reading it.
You could also apply these two on Sunday mornings right when you’re getting ready for Church or when you’re going to a prayer meeting.
So, they’re unexplainable but when you realize the activity you’re about to perform (reading, prayer, worship), they make perfect sense.
In all three of these activities the “solution” is simple: resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)
You have to first identify the attack and then resist. Resisting becomes much easier if you’re able to identify the attack before it gets out of hand