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January 16, 2016

In this New Year of 2016, I am encouraging you as ambassadors of God in this earthly realm to speak the Words of the King. If you already speak the Word, continue, and if you don’t start.

Jesus, our King, was our perfect example for while He was on earth when confronted by the enemy He showed us how we are to respond. He did not entertain or engage the enemy in conversation; however, He did tell the enemy what was written. Look at the Bible’s account of their meeting:

Matthew 4:1- 11 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

Here is what I learned from this encounter. The enemy, when he comes, will stay with you for a while, and he will try to tempt you in several areas where he thinks you are vulnerable. My job is not to get weary, but to continue to speak the Word to him until he leaves. Jesus knew which scriptures were the right responses, and to follow His example, I also need to know the scriptures that will be appropriate for each assault. This requires my time in reading and studying the Word so that I may be proficient in it. If I don’t do the work, I will make mistakes due to my laziness and ignorance. I must remember the words that Jesus spoke to the Sadducees in Matthew 22:29, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

Also, Jesus, when confronted by the people, Jews, and religious community concerning His teachings, He knew how to speak to them. He let them know His words were directed from God. Some examples of these encounters were:

John 7:16 “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.”

John 8:28 “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”

John 12:49 “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

John 14:10 “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

If Jesus, the Son of God, spoke in power to the masses, I surely should follow His example by using God’s word.

Another good example to note is the centurion who in Matthew 8:8 understood the power of the Word for when requesting Jesus to heal his servant he said, “Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” When I believe, the spoken Word can travel where I am unable to go and to perform miracles without me being present.

In closing, these are the two things I need to remember that will lead me to success in 2016:

  1. In my position as an ambassador (2 Corinthians 5: 20) of God’s kingdom, I never speak my personal position on any issue, only God’s official position and I strive to influence the world with the Word for God’s kingdom government.

I am in this world but not of this world (John 17: 14), so I do not resort to carnal warfare for my spiritual weaponry are more powerful (2 Corinthians 10:3).


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