On Sunday, I laid aside my sermon and did something to strengthen and equip believers to stand up and fight when they are facing spiritual battles. I asked God to give me specific Scriptures for various people in our congregation and then I delivered those words on Sunday morning. I have personally experienced the power of God’s Word applied to specific situations in my life. Many years ago, when we were serving as missionaries in Papua New Guinea, I received a letter from Ps. Dick Mills, a man who was known as a prophet. The primary way that he gave prophetic messages to people was simply by giving them specific verses and promises from the Bible. Thousands of people testified of the way that God’s Word came alive to them through his ministry. Dick gave Joyce and I Scriptures that promised renewed joy! We were so encouraged and helped by these verses that I still carry them in my Bible 20 years later.
Most of us have learned the secret of using the Word of God in our prayers, worship and when doing battle against darkness. Jesus is our supreme example in this. When tempted by Satan, our Lord simply responded with Scriptures from the book of Deuteronomy and each time it was enough to overpower the tempter! Here are His words from Luke 4:
But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” (Luke 4:4)
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Luke 4:8)
And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” (Luke 4:12)
I want to remind you of this great weapon that we carry. It is called “The Sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17) and is incredibly penetrating and powerful: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb 4:12). Speaking God’s Word over your life, family and situations brings God’s truth and power to bear on present circumstances and reminds us as well as the devil of that which is eternally and unchangeably true!
Yesterday I was on a bicycle ride in East Coast Park and as I was nearing home a light rain began to fall. I was tired from riding 40+ kilometres but I felt prompted to practice what I had preached on Sunday so I began quoting Scripture and claiming victory over myself, my family and the wonderful church that I serve. I reminded myself and the spiritual opposition that “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4) and that “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8). I also reminded myself that “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” (Isa 54:17) and that “though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor 10:3-4).
I quoted and declared other Scriptures as well and then I looked up to see a beautiful sight. Stretching across the sky in front of me was a double rainbow! I was so encouraged by this because a rainbow is the sign of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises! Let me encourage you to take up your greatest weapon and use it to defeat your enemy the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion but He is no match for the power of God’s Word!
Keeping great promises in my mouth and in my heart,