Know Your Weapon

By   •   January 31, 2014

Franklin Graham

Phil Robertson may be the star of the top-rated show on cable TV, but he would rather be just a duck hunter. He once gave up a promising college football career because the games interfered with hunting season.

As a fellow hunter, I appreciate his priorities.

When you are a hunter, you have to know your prey, practice your aim, and always be ready for sudden opportunities. There is a time for patience, and a time to pull the trigger. Most of all, you have to know and trust your weapons.

The same is true for Christians. The one weapon we have is “the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17, ESV). We need to know God’s Word inside out, and we need to trust in its truth and power.

Nowadays, too many so-called Christians either don’t know or trust God’s Word. In their eyes, God’s laws seem outdated. His judgment is not to be feared. The devil can’t be real. Hell is not eternal.

That’s frightening and deadly. Jesus not only warns us repeatedly about hell, but He gave His life on the cross so that we might be free of sin and escape eternal death and damnation, if we trust Him as our Lord and Savior.

God hates sin just as absolutely as He loves us. Yet today we have Christians who wink at sin and tell unrepentant sinners that everything will be OK—while condemning Phil Robertson for taking a stand for the truth of God’s holy Word.

The only way they can justify this is by assuming that God’s Word has somehow changed, like the seasons turn or the centuries pass.

Times have certainly changed, but God’s Word has not.

The Prophet Isaiah tells us, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

God’s Word still means what it says. We all need to be prepared to stand in judgment before a holy God. The only way to prepare for that is to repent of your sins and trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

It breaks my heart to think that many churches will sidestep the truth, leading people astray in an effort to make them feel comfortable or welcome.

If these churches are not going to proclaim the whole truth of the Gospel, then it is all the more urgent for the rest of us to do so. This year, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has scheduled more than two dozen citywide Crusades as we strive to tell the whole world about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Like hunters, we have to always be vigilant, and ready to wield the weapon of the Word in our fight against the world, sin and temptation.  Let’s rededicate ourselves to the Lord through prayer and Bible study so that we will always be ready to speak the truth in love. Christians, know your weapon.

©2014 BGEA
Scripture quotations taken by permission from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version.

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12 Comments

  1. Boni Daniel says:

    The word of God is light and truth. It is only in obedience to His word that we will have a meaningful and fulfilled life.

  2. Boni Daniel says:

    Powerful and inspiring words of God.

  3. Louise Stamey says:

    Thank you for stating the truth and encouragement you give. If we have anyone to blame for the state the country is in we just need to look at ourselves. We seem to care more about pleasing others and not obeying the Lord. We need to love and obey the Lord and care less about pleasing the world.

  4. Tony says:

    I love Jesus Christ, and thank him for helping me in this life. He is my best friend!

  5. Gayle says:

    Franklin Graham, I pray God continue to give you great wisdom, for a time such as this, and that He continue to use you in a mighty way for His glory and to tell others about our Holy Savior and the “whole” gospel of Jesus Christ. He is coming soon.

  6. kalema deogracious says:

    thank u ,in my life i had put my weapon down but now i’ll pull my triger

  7. Debbie says:

    2nd Timmothy 3:16 All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work…(The Word of God Never lets us down.) It is the sword of Truth! Hebrews 4:12 The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any double edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

  8. njiangong says:

    the weapon of our life is the word of God. how true it is. the word of God is timeless. in this so called cut flower civilization, our values planted firmly in mid air. But people who still values the word of God as supreme will stand firm or else we will be running into island of destruction. thank God for the insight.

  9. Carol says:

    Amen, it would be real nice if we could rewrite the Bible but then we would not be our Lord’s children but the devils followers. It’s too easyto justify our sins to put the band aid on the hurt that we know we are causing Jesus. I know because I do it all the time, it happens when I don’t pick up the Bible well I don’t stop to read our Lord’s word it’s not rocket science it is what it is and we are so blessed to have it not to change is the to follow it praise Jesus for this wonderful tool use it hi loser now that’s modern Am

  10. Genevieve says:

    The scripture is our weapon, and we are to continue be embued with it as we remember the words of the Lord as our refuge and strenght.