We began last time teaching about our spiritual weapons. So far, we’ve discussed the utmost need for studying the Word of God and the power in the name of Jesus. These are two of the most powerful weapons to use when dealing with any circumstance. Speak God’s Word into the situation by faith and expect results!
Next I want to talk about the power of resistance.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
You see, the devil will try to devour everyone he can but we have the power to not be devoured! We have the authority to resist him and all of his tactics against us. Then in James 4:7 we see that we are to submit ourselves to God first and then resist the devil and he will flee from us.
Just how do we resist the devil? By using the Word of God and the name of Jesus against Him – both of which he hates!
John 16:7 (KJV) 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
1 John 4:4 (KJV) 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Being baptized in the Holy Spirit empowers us to withstand and resist the devil’s attacks because the Holy Spirit is the Greater One Who lives in us and empowers us. If the devil had any sense, he wouldn’t mess with born-again, Spirit-filled Christians because he gets clobbered every time!
Then we have the following Words of Jesus:
John 14:12 (KJV) 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
How are we to do the works of Jesus—the same way He did – by the Holy Spirit anointing! We are to speak God’s Word in the name of Jesus and effect a healing and a cure and a solution!
All of this might seem a bit over-simplified to you and questionable about whether or not they’ll work. But, I assure you that God’s Word always works if it’s spoken in faith. However, this doesn’t come overnight. It takes time to build faith in your heart. Just acknowledging that you believe God’s Word and actually having it in your heart in abundance are two different things.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing… the Word of God. It’s not instantaneous. It takes time, effort, diligence and stick-to-it-tiveness. This is a life style, a way of life, if you want to walk in the power of God and see miracles right before your eyes!
So, keep studying God’s Word and speak it in faith. We’re the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and we’re to show forth His goodness to gather as many as possible to His Kingdom! Time, as we know it, is short and there’s a great work to be done! Let’s go for it!
Luke 19:13b (KJV) 13 … Occupy till I come.
Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
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