The One-Two Combo, one verse combined with the two greatest commandments…
It’s good to keep our God’s instruction in the forefront of our minds. I suppose that’s why when putting the Armor of God on, the word of God is the sword of the spirit. The sword is always out in front. When your response or reaction is based on God’s instruction, that is making use of the sword. As you get more familiar with the word of God, your swings become more precise.
Now on every challenge that comes at you in life, you can go with a quick jab which may be one verse or another, or you can go with the one-two combo. Once again, for the one-two combo, simply combine a relevant scripture with the two greatest commandments.
Two Greatest Commandments
Matthew 22:37-39 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Some Common Challenges
Dealing with Regret
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The enemy will try to make you feel unworthy. You’ll have moments where you think “I’m not good enough.” The enemy wants you to give up. His goal is for you to be far from God.
What if every time you feel regret, you confess your sins. That’s great, that’s the quick jab and it hurts the enemy, but he’ll try again. But what if… lets say you confess your sins and then with love for God and others you go out bless someone? At some point Satan will see that his attempts only bring people closer to God. This is just simply bad for business – for him. He’ll retreat, for awhile, until maybe you get a little too comfortable and forget to throw on the armor.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Now if you’re dealing with a fearful moment and you come to this verse, read it slowly and understand God is with you. And that’s awesome. You’ll survive the moment. But take this verse and combine it with the two greatest commandments, that Devil will have no power, because when you are focused on loving God with all your heart and soul, as well as putting your focus on loving others, you’ll have absolutely no room for fear to manifest. This is a great combo to keep in mind.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
There is always an escape, and when your focus is on loving the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind, that escape can become clear as day. In loving Him, be sure to pray.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
You can give a gentle answer, sure, but what if you provide that gentle answer while loving God with all your heart, soul and mind and also loving that angry person? Now that’s a fatal blow to the enemy. If every time the devil tries to attack you through the anger within a person and you perform this combo response, eventually the devil’s gonna get tired of dealing with you.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
He is close to you, closer than you think. Accept this verse as truth and do something that shows Him how much you love him, through loving others and see where this course of action leads you.
When you put on the full armor of God and learn or continue learning how to use that sword well, you’ll see a change in your life. That fear will dissipate, that temptation will leave, that regret will be no more, or that angry person may look at you with a blank stare or maybe even take on a change themselves.
And when that happens you can remember this verse, John 1:5, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
The enemy cannot comprehend the one-two combo. You’ll connect every time.
We are always in the ring, so to speak, in one way or another. If you are dealing with anything specific utilize the web and search “what does the bible say about _____”, and then combine it with the two greatest commandments. Then apply these and begin seeing how truly awesome it is to have God working in your life.