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February 22, 2014

In this world, there is nothing on which we can count or rely. The arms of flesh will fail us; it is only God and His Word that can sustain us. Matthew 24:35 tell us, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” And Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Thus, our truth is: God’s Word is eternal and stable.

Also, the Bible says the Word is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). We must diligently and actively search the scriptures to find the truths written in it and to apply it to our lives. We cannot be lazy or haphazard with the Word. Our carelessness leads to our defeat and the defeat of our posterity. God informs us of this when He speaks to the Israelites in Hosea 4:6 and delivers this devastating blow. He says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” When we reject the Word and the knowledge that it provides, our actions bring consequences to our children and us. No wonder Moses before his death continually reiterated in his last speeches to Israel to learn and teach the Word to their children.

It is the Word of God, which is also called a sword of the Spirit that upholds and instructs us in our warfare. In the mention of the spiritual armor in Ephesians 6, the sword is the only combat item that can be used to attack. It is proven when sharpened, its dual edges and the tapered point which can penetrate the enemies’ metal armor inflicts lethal results. Paul, in Hebrews 4:12, share the effect of the Word. He says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” When applied correctly, the Word works beyond what we can imagine, and the ministry of the Word penetrates, where our human thoughts and words could not go.

As pertaining to the Word in warfare, I have found in my own personal study of the books of Joshua thru Psalms warfare strategies laid out for me to follow. As I studied the different battles fought by Israel I discovered these battles had spiritual relevance, and they gave strategic steps that were applicable. With study, prayer, and revelation, the Word spoke to every aspect of my life and gave me insight into dealing with Satan and his host. My battle is to REMEMBER the Word holds the strategies, and to go to the Word, find them and use them.

Lastly, I urge you to use the example of Jesus when Satan confronted him. His reply to Satan was, “IT IS WRITTEN.” Try it; for the Word works for those who work it

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