Sometimes I feel like I’m walking through a wardrobe of coats and I can’t see anything. I want to stumble out of them into a whole new world like they did in Narnia. I wish I could see in the spirit realm so I can see what God sees.
Instead, He allows me to sense the battle. I think about how I’ve been tripping through the coats: touching temptations, tasting my foot, testing boundaries, talking about trials. Panic-stricken, I pray, Help me, God! I’m a mess! He simply responds, “I have given you a sword.”
First, I have to pick up the sword God has given me.
Next, I have to learn how to use it.
Finally, I need to know it well enough to fight victoriously with it.
When I can wield my sword, it becomes my liberation. [Tweet this]
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). Love, instruction, commandments, truth, warning, judgment, wisdom, knowledge, strategy, and victory are found in the written Word. This is God’s verbiage. I want to talk like my Father talks.
I want to speak this way so that 3 people hear it:
1. God. God hears it and sends it and change happens. Isaiah 55:11 is certainly a powerful verse! I can’t see into the spirit realm, but what I say goes into the atmosphere and there is either life or death in the power of what I speak (Proverbs 18:21). So I need to speak truth.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 ESV
2. Enemy. I submit to God through this kind of verbalizing and the devil hears it and flees (James 4:7). Jesus gave me power over him (Luke 10:19), and he is defeated. The “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” doesn’t apply to him! He runs from the one talking like God.
3. Me. I hear it and my faith rises (faith comes by hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17). It’s like a boomerang; faith is going to come back every time. When I hear truth, my thinking is aligned with it. When my thinking is aligned, my words come in line, and my actions follow suit.
God doesn’t want me to misuse His grace or believe lies the enemy whispers, so He begins to speak to my heart. He reminds me to pick up my sword. He invites me to come and know His Word – His promises – His commands – His truth – and it makes me free.
It’s not easy to get into the habit of speaking His Word when trouble comes. I may not feel like it. I may have been listening to the lies of the devil. Or I may not even agree at first! But I do it through obedience.
I don’t declare I’m a mess. Instead, I learn to speak what God says about me, because that is what is really true. God’s Word works. It doesn’t return void. Instead it changes me or my situation. Because there is power in what God speaks. That’s the better option.
When I speak what God says, it changes me or my situation. [Tweet this]
What about you? What does your verbiage look like?
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