In every life, the rain will come down and the streams will rise. That’s why, when we hear the Word of God, we need to listen as though our lives depend on it because they do. Our spiritual lives do.
Jesus, in His conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount, said, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” (Matthew 7:24–25 NKJV).
In contrast to the wise man who built his house on the rock, Jesus made this statement about the people who don’t do this: “Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (verses 26–27 NKJV).
We’re in a spiritual battle, and we fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons. In fact, Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. So when the Devil comes with a temptation, we need to respond with the sword of the Spirit. Or when the Devil whispers in your ear, “You’re not really a Christian. God hasn’t forgiven you,” we need to respond with the sword of the Spirit.
Memorize the Word of God. Use the Word of God. It will help you in times of temptation and in times of trial. As the psalmist wrote, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). Know the Word of God.