Communication is the logistic supply line that exists to get food, ammunition, and aid to the troops on the front lines. If the supply lines are cut off, the army will be defeated.
In the spiritual war of evangelism, everyone is on the front lines all the time. The supply line is keeping daily, hourly in fellowship with God by prayer and the word of God. Extra cover is provided by other people praying for you. If our line with the Lord is cut, we are going to be defeated.
There are several ways to stay in the Word of God:
Reading through the entire Bible (not just now and then and here and there). If you have read it through, read it again. If you would like a plan to help you read through the Bible, join the plan in progress at TotheWord.com.
Study: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). Study is always preceded by reading. The best study is rereading. For example, read Ephesians 1–6 every day for a week. Then your study is contextual. It reinforces what you read yesterday, and you see something new each day.
Memorization: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Ps. 119:11). Stephen preached before he was martyred. Read Acts 7. Stephen knew the Scriptures very well; he preached from memorized Scripture. If we are to preach the word of God, we must know it.
Listen to preaching: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).
Meditation: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Ps. 1:1–3).
Preaching: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim. 4:1–2). “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
*Excerpted from Weapons & Tactics. To purchase, visit ccmbooks.org/bookstore.