The soon-to-be graduates in our homes and churches are about to enter a new phase of life. Whether they're heading to college, trade school, the military, missions, or full-time employment, they will encounter a variety of opportunities as they explore their God-given abilities and sharpen their focus on the future. Most will also experience life apart from the daily presence of parents, becoming more responsible for their own everyday decisions. By God’s grace, many will enjoy tremendous spiritual growth. But they will also face serious dangers as they enter this new season of life. The world wants to capture their hearts and minds with godless philosophies and empty deceit (Colossians 2:8). Satan and his evil forces are scheming to bring about their fall (Ephesians 6:11-12). We are sending them out into a world that will literally hate them if they faithfully follow Christ and His ways (John 15:18). Will they love Jesus or the world? Will their faith flourish? Will they be able to stand firm? What can we do to help them persevere?
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:13-17:
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
We should send them out of our homes and churches fully equipped with the full armor of God, including the sword of the Spirit—God’s Word. Hopefully parents and churches have been doing this from earliest childhood (2 Timothy 3:15). Graduation, however, is a strategic time to reinforce the importance of Bible memory.* Consider giving the graduates in your life The Fighter Verses to encourage and assist them in Bible memory. Our Fighter Verses program equips believers to fight the fight of faith with weekly Bible passages delivered via app, email, and web. You can learn more about the program at FighterVerses.com and browse our Fighter Verses resources here.
*(To learn more about Scripture memorization, see this powerful 3-minute video from John Piper where he gives eight reasons for memorizing Scripture.)