Everyone should carry a knife! It just makes sense. A knife is a tool and very valuable in every day situations and well, invaluable in survival situations. When I can, I have clipped in my pocket, a Leatherman Wingman. I have used my Leatherman at work more than I have ever used any other knife. Most of the ladies at my school “freak out” when I pull it out, until I fix their _______ (fill-in-the-blank).
I know that I’m preaching to the choir when I talk about EDC here. Most of you already carry a knife and some of you carry multiple knives for various reasons. When it boils down to it, we know and understand that a knife is a tool, a very important tool.
The author of Hebrews referred to Scripture as a large knife in chapter 4 verse 12. Our translations say sword, but the original Greek word, machaira, can be translated as: 1) a large knife, used for killing animals and cutting up flesh or 2) a small sword, as distinguished from a large sword.
Hebrews 4:12 says, For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. (HCSB)
The author of Hebrews isn’t the only one who used the analogy of the Word of God being a sword or a knife. The Apostle Paul uses it as well when he discusses the importance of being ready for spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6.
Ephesians 6:17 says, Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. (HCSB).
If you’re tracking with me here, you are understanding that the Word of God is more than just some words in a book. The Word of God is a weapon, a tool from God, that we should every day carry!
But, when I say we should EDC the Word of God, I’m not talking about carrying around a big thick Bible. I’m not even saying you should have the best Bible APP on your smartphone. I’m referring to what Deuteronomy 11:18-19 says, “18 “Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (HCSB)
Something powerful happens when you learn and memorize Scripture. You are placing the Word of God in your heart and mind. The Word that is able to separate joint and marrow, able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart, the Word that you are able to hold in your spiritual hand and fight against the devil, this Word is for you!
Well Todd, how does that work…. Let me show you…
Then Jesus returned from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for 40 days to be tempted by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, He was hungry. 3 The Devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.”
5 So he took Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 The Devil said to Him, “I will give You their splendor and all this authority, because it has been given over to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. 7 If You, then, will worship me, all will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written:Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”
9 So he took Him to Jerusalem, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you, 11 and they will support you with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said: Do not test the Lord your God.”
13 After the Devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.
14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread throughout the entire vicinity.
Luke 4:1-14 (HCSB)
So, Jesus gets baptized and is led out to the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. After 40 days of fasting (not eating), Satan shows up and starts giving Him a hard time. You’ll notice that Satan came and met Jesus at the point of His needs. He didn’t come dressed in a red suit and try to get Jesus to join in a satanic ritual.
Satan simply reminded Jesus He was hungry. Then, he reminded Jesus that He was going to have to suffer, but that there was an easier way. Then, he reminded Jesus that He had the command of God’s angel armies at His beckon call. He could just take the world by force.
But, Jesus didn’t bite and was prepared for what Satan threw at him. How was He prepared? With the Word of God! Every time Satan brought something up, Jesus quoted Scripture! He didn’t argue. He didn’t debate. He didn’t entertain Satan’s words. He quoted Scripture!
But what if Jesus didn’t know Scripture? What if He wasn’t EDC’ing the Word? Can you imagine this scene…
Satan: “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus: “Uhm, Satan, the Torah says….uh…somewhere in….uhm…I think it’s…let me see here…Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy….yeah, in Deuteronomy somewhere something about bread and God.”
That might have worked…maybe… But Satan knows the Word too! So, in verse 9-10, Satan quotes Scripture back to Jesus Psalms 91:11-12 to be clear, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you, 11 and they will support you with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
What if Jesus didn’t know the Word and He just gave in to what Satan was trying to do…
Jesus: “Uh yeah, it does say that. I guess I can jump and angels will come down and catch me.”
I don’t think so!
Jesus always replied, “It is written.” He didn’t pull out His scroll, Bible APP or memory cards. He knew the Word and applied it in His situation. He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 6:13 and Deuteronomy 6:16.
I knew a preacher, who really applied learning and memorizing Scripture, that would always say, “The first thing Jesus said in His earthly ministry is, ‘It is written.’ The last thing He said in His earthly ministry is ‘It is finished.’ If you can find where it is written, you can tell the devil it is finished!”
That might be very simplistic, and some of you would argue exactly what was Jesus’ first words (remember ministry…after His baptism, not earthly life), but it is truth!
Remember, the Word of God is powerful. The Word is a sword! Even the selfish, evil prophet Balaam proclaimed in Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?” (HCSB)
Paul might have been thinking about that Scripture when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “ For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore, the “Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory.” (HCSB)
There is a real benefit, a confidence of knowing Scripture. It was in a time of seeking God in prayer when He reminded me of Amos 3:7, “Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.” (HCSB) You can find it at the bottom of every page of Prepper Website. I was reminded of this Scripture at a time when I felt God was saying “wake up to what is going on around you.” The fact is that God always let His people know what was going to happen. They just didn’t listen! I don’t want to make that same mistake.
So what’s keeping you from putting His promises in your heart and mind?
1. Start a Scripture Notebook/Journal – When you come across a Scripture that is meaningful for you, write it down. You might want to also write down why it is important to you. Years later, it will be a great piece to reflect on and see what the Lord has done in your life.
2. Memorize Scripture – You don’t have to be a super Bible scholar or anything. Just memorize one Scripture a week…and apply it! There is great confidence when you can quote Psalms 29:11 to someone in need or even to yourself.
3. Find Scriptures that speak to the situation you are currently in. Instead of freaking out or trying to get counsel from every Tom, Dick or Harry, turn to the Bible for encouragement and begin claiming the promises of God! Use the Topic Bible resource on the Resource page.
You don’t have to tell a prepper what EDC is. We are all very well aware that we should be prepared at all times. But for the Christian Prepper, being prepared goes beyond gear and survival skills. The Christian prepper is operating under a different reality than other preppers. We prepare and live now because we know that God wants us to use our brain and be good stewards of what we have. We are called to look at the “times and the signs” and understand them.
And since we live in this preparedness mindset, we should really understand that spiritual preparedness is even more important than the gear and the skills we have. Yes, prep! But prep your Spirit too! Be just as active in pursuing heavenly things as you do survival knowledge and stuff.
You never know, there might be a time when you don’t have your Bible APP or big thick Bible readily available. There might be a time when you will have to depend on what promises, Scriptures, you have put in your heart and mind!
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