A FOUR FOLD FOCUS OF WEAPONS OF
OF GOD'S PRESENCE AND FULNESS IN THE CHURCH
OF THE LOST – THOSE NOT `IN FAITH`
AGAINST THE ENEMIES SCHEMES
OF OUR SOCIETY, CULTURE
| Matthew 16:13-19
|| - "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
||- "You are the Christ the Son of God!"
A wonderful answer to a pointed question – read
Jesus' further statement -v18-19– the `Keys of the Kingdom` refers to the spiritual authority delegated
to the disciples representing the Master's Kingdom on earth, with these
`keys` the follower of Christ bears the awesome privilege of restraining
evil and releasing the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit to build the
church, one such `key` is the POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD. The following Scripture and titles will help to focus upon the
`POWER` - the `DUNAMIS`, the AUTHORITY, RIGHTNESS, ENABLING POWER within
the WORD of God.
The Bible declares itself to be the WORD OF GOD,
which is quick and powerful, well able to accomplish that for which God
caused it to be given. At the
same time many Scriptures refer to Jesus as the WORD OF GOD – eg John
1:1. Jesus emphasised that "if a man love Me he will keep my
words and ….", John 14:23. Our
attitude towards God must be the same towards His Word – therefore –
the reality is – God means as much to you as His Word means to you –
just that and no more!!- so
– the big question is – "what place does the Word have in our
The Bible claims power for itself – John 6:63 + 1
Thessalonians 2:13 – each refer to the fact that there is POWER –
ENERGY – A DYNAMIC in and of THE WORD OF GOD i.e. God has supplied you
and I with a weapon to use, there is LIFE – SPIRIT – ACTIVITY in the
Word, which is "sharper than a two-edged sword".
EFFECTS OF THE WORD OF GOD
Note: - difference between the `LOGOS` and `RHEMA`
when God speaks a `RHEMA` to our hearts by the power and presence of the
Spirit – faith springs up within which enables us then to express to
declare the WORD OF GOD which then goes out with the power of God Himself
thus, the Word of God becomes a weapon. It is this `RHEMA` word of God spoken to us, converted into faith,
transferred out of our mouths, that brings the power of God against
temptation and strongholds of the devil.
Read 1 Thessalonians
RESISTING THE DEVIL
Satan does not flee from the presence of the Word of
God in our minds, nor because we read the Bible, he flees when we RESIST!!
Remember Matthew 4, Luke 4?? There has to be a time when we use the Word
of God against the strongholds of the devil. WE must be resisting!! So …?
§ When the devil says "you are no good", use 2
§ When the devil says "you are not saved", use 1
§ When the devil says "WORRY!" remind him – God
says don't worry about anything.
§ When he says "be sick!!" remind him of Isaiah 53
§ When he says "be afraid!" remind him of Jesus'
words "My peace I give unto you."
§ When he says "you are defeated" tell him "we
are more than conquerors through Him who loves us."
Use the `Word` and see how quickly Satan flees, he
must as you seriously take the Word, stand in faith and speak it to him.
He knows our areas of weakness, so be prepared in
these areas – KNOW HE WILL ATTACK AT THESE POINTS – so be ready.
5:19-21, be aware of any of these areas in your
life, seek from the Spirit specific Scriptures that would be an answer
when tempted to yield to them.
Every time he attacks, bring God's Word against him. Use the Name of Jesus (remember the list given out in Sunday pm
PRAISING WITH THE WORD
Praising God and singing out the Word of God when in
the midst of family problems, financial difficulties, sickness, fear and
discouragement has great power as it attacks the devil' s strongholds,
when done by a congregation there is great effect, as corporate faith,
conviction and spiritual energy is released. In 2 Corinthians 10 Paul says "our weapons …. are
mighty". The Word of God
on our lips can pull down strongholds. Praise and prayer times literally launch spiritual weapons against
Satan, healings can result, deliverance can come as individuals are set
free through the Power of the Word and the Spirit. Hebrews 13:5 teaches "by Him, let us offer the sacrifice of
praise to God continually ..", as we come together to worship, adore,
honour Him, we bring our hearts in unity; we are set free through praise
and worship, light shines in the darkness, thus strongholds must come
Colossians 3:17 "whatever you do, in word
or deed, do everything in the Name of Jesus" – THE LIVING WORD.