my concealed weapon
For eight years I’ve carried a concealed weapon. Concealed because it’s always in my purse; and unless you snoop around in there, you won’t know it’s there. I bought it for cheap at a local store. I don’t have a license to carry it, but I have power with it. It’s double-impacted, so it’s offensive AND defensive in its use. It’s my pocket-size notebook with handwritten verses. I selected verses that personally speak life to me when the devil whispers, “die, quit, give-up, why bother.” The Bible says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) With this, I believe God at His word (lit. & fig.) so that’s why I started carrying this “weapon” of life. If God is life and the devil is death, then I will speak God’s words to counterattack. Why do I speak them aloud? Because of what the Bible says—and doesn’t say. Isaiah 46:9-10 says only God knows the future. It also says, “resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7); and when Jesus was resisting the devil tempting him in the wilderness, Jesus spoke aloud to him. Furthermore, there’s nothing in the Bible to indicate that Satan is omniscient. Now, I’m not weird about it—like, I don’t go around shouting verses in public. But that’s not where the devil whispers to me anyway. Most of the time, when I hear, “give up,” it’s when I’m alone. So I pull out my notebook and speak a truth to the enemy’s lying. I recognize this is an unsophisticated tactic. But I can’t deny it’s effect because I’m still here, God and I are winning. I hope this encourages someone today. If you want to know which verses I have in my “concealed weapon,” email me at email@example.com.