In a previous article, I wrote about how we must learn to use God’s Word like a sword. Paul said that part of our spiritual armor is to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). When faced with temptation, Jesus consistently quoted from the Scriptures to defeat the devil (see Matthew 4:1-11).
I remember a clear instance of God teaching me the power of declaring His Word. I was in the middle of some spiritual warfare, and was seeking God for guidance. As I prayed, I was asking Him to give me a word for the situation that I was in. The very moment that I finished this time of prayer I received a text message from my sister. The only thing that it said was “2 Thessalonians 3:3.”
I quickly opened up my Bible to find these words: “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” Needless to say, I was encouraged! The next day I asked my sister what had led her to send me that text message. She said that the Holy Spirit had strongly prompted her to intercede for me, and as she did she kept hearing that Scripture reference over and over.
Now I had a specific Word to use as a sword against the attack of the enemy. I began to declare this word over my life and over my family. It gave me the peace and strength that I needed to overcome the spiritual battle that I was in. Still to this day, several years after I first received that Scripture verse, I very frequently proclaim it over my life.
There is power in the Word of God. As we learn to speak specific verses that the Lord leads us to, it is acting as a sword in the spiritual realm to defeat the works of the enemy. Have you learned the power of speaking the Word? Are there specific Scriptures that the Holy Spirit has led you to, that strengthen you in the battle and fend off the devil’s attacks?
Get into the practice of speaking the Spirit-inspired words of God, and see things shift in the spiritual battle!