Do you ever say, “I’m a mess!”?
See, 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.
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.
When I can wield my sword, it becomes my liberation. #Trive #Victory Click To Tweet
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 ESV
3 Reasons to Speak This Way
I want to speak this way so it is heard by:
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.
Saying I’m a Mess Versus Speaking the Word
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.
His Word gives me what I need to walk in victory.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 ESV
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV
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. #Thrive #Victory Click To Tweet
What about you? What does your verbiage look like?
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