And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:11-14, NKJV
This is the last message in my series on the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-17. Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Sometimes we spend more time struggling with the enemy than doing God’s will. We don’t have to constantly fight the enemy. That’s why most of the armor is for defense, and only one is needed for offense—God’s Word.
As we learn from Jesus, He didn’t constantly fight with Satan. He focused on doing the will of God. When Satan tried to distract and tempt Jesus, Jesus didn’t ignore him. He used His authority, and the sword of the Spirit, to send Satan fleeing (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus drove him away by believing God and speaking His Word.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.
2 Corinthians 4:13
A couple years ago when God first called me to follow Him and start my writing ministry, my family was attacked greatly. We were hit by one problem after another. The attacks were like nothing we had ever experienced before. They were so strange that even others mentioned we were being attacked. I thought for a moment that God was punishing me. I thought I misunderstood His calling and He was trying to stop me from writing.
God eventually opened my eyes and showed me that Satan was attacking me. He was trying to distract me from doing God’s will. I spent all my time and energy on cleaning up the messes that I didn’t have time to work on my writing. Once I stopped trying to fix the messes he created, and started speaking the Word of God over them and focusing on God’s will, Satan fled and the problems resolved.
God didn’t give us His Word just to send Satan fleeing. He gave us His Word to sanctify us and equip us to do His will.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
The Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
I’ve heard people say they don’t need to read the Bible daily since they’ve read it before. They already know right from wrong.
The Bible isn’t like a book that you read once and that’s it. There is power in God’s Word. When we feed our minds and hearts the Word of God, it gives us power in our spirits. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
God’s Word tears down strongholds that we don’t know exist until we are in His Word. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
God’s Word reveals the dark places in us. His Word opens our eyes to what’s truly in our hearts. God’s Word is life to our body, soul and spirit. We need God’s Word more than we need food and water. Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
There is great power in believing and speaking the Word of God over our lives. “Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23).
Jesus didn’t say if anyone “thinks” about moving the mountain. He said to “speak” to the mountain. Satan can’t read our minds. We can’t make him flee by just thinking the Word. We need to speak the Word! Psalm 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word” (KJV). It says angels hearken to the “voice” of His Word. When we speak God’s Word His angels take heed and minister to us as they did to Jesus after He drove Satan away by the Word of God (Matthew 4:11).
I’ve spoken the Word of God over many situations and I’ve seen it move mountains. I’ve seen people healed through the power of His Word. I’ve seen strongholds torn down through the power of His Word. I’ve seen Satan flee through the power of God’s Word. There is power in God’s Word!
I want to clarify that we can’t speak God’s Word apart from His Holy Spirit. If we speak God’s Word apart from Him we will have no power to move mountains. God needs to be the One feeding us His Word. If we try to read and study the Bible apart from God, we will only gain head knowledge. True Godly wisdom is only found through God. He is the only One Who can unlock the hidden treasures in His Word and give us the power we need to move mountains.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
We praise You for giving us Your Word. Cleanse us through Your Word. Help us to put You first each day and allow You to fill us with Your Word so we can be fully equipped to do Your will. Help us to take up our swords and tear down every stronghold the enemy has built in our lives and the lives of others.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!
*To read previous posts in the Armor Of God series follow this link.