For several years back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s I co-owned a martial arts school. We taught several different styles, but the main style was Taekwondo Do.
If you have ever studied a traditional martial art you know that the discipline comes with learning forms or “katas”. In TKD, each level of promotion came with another form to learn, growing in difficulty as you progressed through the belt levels.
I did not teach TKD. My main class was Israeli Hand to Hand Combat. I learned from a friend of mine who was a former member of the Israeli Mossad and had actually taught the IDF. Some know these disciplines as Krav Maga and there are others as well. But, they all basically encompass the same techniques regardless of the name, although the way they employ them might be different. This was my favorite class because I did not like the structure of the TKD class. Personally, I hated having to wear a uniform and I didn’t care about belts. I just wanted to learn and then teach basic, effective and useful self-defense that I could employ if I was ever attacked.
And while this class did not have the forms that the TKD classes had, it did have what I called the point of reference. It was that one point that all the other techniques were designed to get you back to. It allowed you to continue on and disable your attacker in order to escape from harm. No matter how you were attacked, all the moves were meant to get you back to the point of reference where the moves were the same.
It was designed so that you could easily commit it to memory and never have to wonder what to do next. All I had to do was focus on getting back to my point of reference. It became ingrained in you. After practicing this part of the technique it became second nature. That was the point. When you are being attacked you don’t have time to think. You need to fall back on second nature…what comes to you naturally. It becomes muscle memory.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 5: 12-14
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their SENSES EXERCISED to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-15 (NKJV)
When it comes to the Word, many become like babes needing milk. They dabble in Scripture. They pull the Bible out on Sunday and let the pastor FEED them from it. But, then they put it back up on the shelf for the week until it is feeding time again. What we should be doing is feeding on the MEAT of the Word! We should be studying, learning, investigating, memorizing!
A mature person goes to the fridge when they are hungry and they are able to get food for themselves. We, as mature Christians, should go to the Bible and feed ourselves from the Word without assistance from anyone but the Holy Spirit. We should be using the Word as our line of defense. But like you cannot use self-defense against an attacker unless you get to the point of it being second nature, you cannot use the Word as your defense if you cannot call it to mind when attacked.
You cannot use a pastor for this. You cannot use a Bible study for this. This line of defense, like my training, comes down to getting on the mat and into the trenches and having it become second nature! Had my students relied on me to tell them what to do in an attack they would be in trouble, because I wasn’t there. My job was teach them. Their job was to then take what was taught and PRACTICE it until it became second nature!
If they only relied on a 45 minute class once or twice a week, they wouldn’t build that second nature needed for that protection. It required that they leave class and practice the techniques on their own. You need to leave church on Sunday and practice and learn on your own all week! Your pastor is there to instruct. It is up to you to continue to go deeper, continue to learn, and put what you learn into practice.
“…those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”
Like my students had to learn the point of reference to employ their defensive techniques , the Bible is telling us that by reason of use it becomes like muscle memory. This happens by reading and studying it over and over again. It happens by memorizing verses, etc. We will have our SENSES EXERCISED to discern good and evil. Discerning good and evil will become like muscle memory in exercise. This is similar to my students practicing that point of reference over and over and over again until it became ingrained in them.
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If I am attacked on the street, to this day I recall my point of reference. I know how to get to it and I know without thinking what to do from that point forward. When I am attacked in the spirit, I should know how to use my point of reference from the Word. This will enable me to quench the fiery darts of the enemy.
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