Ignorance is not bliss. Neither are powerful weapons in the hands of the inexperienced warriors. Only the wise and discerning soldier understands the danger of ignorance. If a warrior knew beforehand that their enemy targeted the storehouse house for a robbery, would he leave the front door open? If he did, his ignorance caused the removal of his weapons. "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace." Luke 11: 21 NKJV
Often I wondered if the problems plaguing our churches and God's people resulted from their ignorance of the weapons at their disposal. With few Sunday morning sermonettes declaring the dangers of our warfare, where do we turn for enlightenment? Is that enlightenment found in our Sunday school lessons? Perhaps! Only if the teachers understand spiritual warfare and are listening to the Holy Spirit. Make no mistake about it; we are in a war "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood." Ephesians 6: 12 NKJV. How do we overcome our ignorance of this spiritual battle?
Firstly, we understand that our enemy is satan and his army of wicked angels no ignorance there. However, ignorance to the enemy's tactics might become a problem. He will try every trick in the book to overpower and destroy God's children. Satan tempted Christ in the desert. "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward he was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." Knowledge of scripture overcame Christ's need for food. Satan didn't stop there, remember this temptation on the cross: "And saying, 'You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." (Matthew 27: 40 NKJV) Stripped, beaten beyond recognition and barely alive, Christ stood His ground. Don't think that satan wouldn't tempt us at our weakest point. We must know our weaknesses and rely on the risen Christ for our strength during our satanic temptations. "For when I am weak, then I am strong." (II Corinthians 12: 10 NKJV)
Ignorance of your weakness would result in heartaches and pain or even your rewards in heaven. Jesus fought Satan's temptation with scripture. Only the word of God is living and powerful enough to bring down a lie. "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piecing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4: 12 NKJV) If the church and the body of Christ are guilty of anything, it is the willful ignorance of scripture. If you doubt this, the next time you attend a religious gathering listen for scripture in the messages. In the good old days, our Sunday schools challenged the young people and adults to memorize scripture. How often are you challenged to memorize a chapter or even a book of the Bible? This practice was common in the last century. Before beginning to train on our powerful weapons, we must understand that scripture thoroughly equips us for Christ's purposes. "That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (I Timothy 4:1 7KJV) Do you know your weakness? Are you ignorant of the scriptures regarding your weapons? Remember that ignorance isn't spiritual bliss!
Copyright 2007 Patricia Charlton
Devotional writer for EzraWeb and a contributing columnist for Crossmap, Patricia shares her experiences with the power of God to make anyone more than a conqueror. Her passion is Jesus and her venue is writing. Contact Patricia: MastersPen@faithwriters.net
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