In the old west, six guns, or a hand gun with six bullets, a six shooter, was used primarily for defense. But there is a greater enemy than those that bully us, one that is the enemy of God Himself. And how do you suppose this enemy and his gang fight against God? By attacking God’s creation — us. So what would Jesus have us to do when confronted or attacked from behind by this enemy?
Following His baptism by none other than John the Baptist, “Jesus
was led by the Holy Spirit in the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, He was hungry.” So we can see already when the enemy attacks — when we’re weak. Satan suggested He turn some stones into bread!, knowing that Jesus could so do. “But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.”” Again He is attacked and responds, “It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” And again, “It is said: Do not test the Lord your God.” After the Devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.” Notice, “for a time.”
Never did Jesus fight the way of the West. He used words. Special words. The words of God Himself as recorded in what we call the Bible. That was His six gun; not just a hip shoot, but a targeted response using God’s words.
Father, thank You for Your words, Your thoughts, that keep us near to You and teach us how to walk in Your way, as we learn to walk anew in Your power; words that are living and never expire or become outdated, “never passing away,” as spoken by Your Son.
Jesus’ Apostle Paul would later write, “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.” Learn to fight in His strength, His power, quietly, confidently, purposefully. Allow His words and ways be your own response against this unseen but common enemy. Remember Who is Sovereign, Who is the ultimate power.
Luke 4:1-13, Mark 13:31, Ephesians 6:10-11 HCSB