by Cornelia Nuzum, Missionary to Mexico
In I Timothy 6:12 we are commanded to fight the good fight of faith, and this shows us that just as soon as we believe what God says, an enemy will rise up against us, because we do not fight anybody except enemies. Of course, this enemy is Satan, but he comes in so many ways that we do not always know that it is Satan. The Bible says he will sometimes make himself appear as an angel of light in his efforts to deceive us and get us to accept his lies.
But we must never accept or believe anything that does not fully and entirely agree with God’s Word. At once the fight begins, and we must not stop until we drive the enemy back. God has promised that He will always cause us to triumph in Christ, but we have to do the fighting. We can draw all the strength we need from God, who says He is a present help in every time of need.
Another verse in the Bible (2 Timothy 2:3) tells us to be soldiers and a soldier never goes out to fight without taking an instrument to use to fight with. God is good and considerate and He has given us a weapon to fight with and tells us it is the Word of God and that it is as quick and powerful as a two-edged sword, and yet sharper than any sword. God has given us a weapon that will always win the victory if we will always be good soldiers and never fail to use this mighty weapon.
Even Christ, the Almighty One, used this sharp, two-edged sword, the Word of God, when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. To every temptation of Satan He answered, “It is written …” and gave him some of God’s Word. The sword-power in the Word so cut Satan that he left Christ and went away. Christ is our example in all things, and He wants us to use the sword, the Word of God, against Satan every time he attacks us, until we make him leave us as he left Christ.
Christ’s first sermon was “Believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). But just as soon as we do believe some part of the gospel, Satan says, “Now be careful—you need to see or feel or have some proof about what you are believing.”
The sword to use here is, “Satan, God says it is wicked and adulterous to seek a sign (Matthew 12:39; 16:4), and I will not make myself wicked and adulterous in the eyes of my blessed God, but will honor and please Him by believing His Word. He will never fail to keep His Word and be true to it.”
If you have confessed some sin and believe God forgives it and puts it away and Satan keeps reminding you of it and telling you that you can not get your prayers answered now because of that sin, tell Satan that God says if we confess and forsake sins, that “all manner” of sins shall be forgiven and that God says He will blot them out of His book of remembrance, and that He will wash us in the blood of Jesus and make us whiter than the snow. Tell him that the Bible says faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it (Matthew 12:31; Jeremiah 31:34; Isaiah 1:18; 1 Thessalonians. 5:24).
We ask God for strength and Satan says, “Now you did not get strength at all. You feel even weaker than before you asked for strength.” The sword to use here is, “Satan, God says His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), and God is letting me feel and seem weak so that I can have His perfect strength. My God never fails to keep every promise He ever makes.”
Know The Word
It is wonderful how there is something in the Bible that will meet everything that Satan can bring up to try to make us doubt or waiver or disbelieve God, and that is why God commands us to let the Word dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16). Then no matter what way Satan tries to make us doubt or waver, we will have, in our memories, the passage of God’s Word that is the sharp sword that will cut the doubt Satan brings to us and compel it to leave us. It will also compel Satan to leave us as the Word Jesus repeated to Satan made Satan leave Jesus.
The trouble with us is we do not know the Word as well as we need to know it. Also, instead of following Christ’s example to repeat the Word to Satan and cut him by this sword of God until he leaves us, we listen to what Satan says. God tells us he always lies (John 8:44). We also notice how things look and seem, instead of obeying God. He tells us to do as Abraham did—refuse to see, think of or consider anything at all except what God says (Romans 4:16-21). Use God’s all-powerful sword of the Word against all that tries to shake our faith.
A good soldier does not use his sword just once and stop. If he is a good soldier he will never stop using the sword until the enemy is gone. God tells us to be good soldiers and that would cause us to keep striking Satan with some part of the powerful sword, the Word of God, until he is gone from us. God tells us if we resist Satan, he will flee – leave us (James 4:7).
God tells us we can also use the blood of Christ with the Word. He tells us in Revelation 12:11 that those who used the blood and the Word did overcome Satan. When God has given us two such powerful, never-failing weapons to use, what does He think of us when we neglect to always use them? Because we fail to use them, we let Satan harm us.
God tells us to never give any place at all to Satan (Ephesians 4:27). It is only Satan that ever causes any one to doubt or waver. God tells us Satan is the father of lies and that whenever Satan speaks he tells a lie. Often when Satan whispers something to me, I say to him—“Satan, God says whenever you speak you tell a lie. Therefore I know that just the opposite of what you say is the truth and what you say is a lie.”
Adam and Eve never disbelieved until Satan got them to disbelieve. We would never disbelieve God if it were not for Satan. So let us keep so full of the Word of God that no matter what Satan tells us, we can have the Word of God that contradicts what he says ready to repeat to him. The two sharp sword edges of the all-powerful Word of God will never fail to enable us to be good soldiers. We can fight the good fight of faith, and we shall never fail to win and keep the victory faith always brings.
I Agee you have what you say. There is power in our words. Negative or positive. PS says with your mouth you can make your own destruction.
How can I get her tracks, I would love to pass them on
Jesus took sickness & disease at Calvert. By faith your healed now. Treat the physical problem
as a demonic attack. It isn’t God that is afflicting you. It is Satan. It is not God character or his will for you to be sick. He is a mighty good,loving,compassionate,
forgiving God. Mark 11 says believe to receive. And don’t be just a hearer only but practice on being a DOER of the word of God. You are the heald !!!
God Bless you Rick… Continue to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Declare the Word and plead the Blood over your spirit, soul and body! Stand, and having done all, STAND!
God word is always alive ,use it and the manifestation will follow
I am also having physical problem but i beleive God word done my body
I beleive no matter what his promise will surely come
To pass.God is faithful
How can I get her tracks, I would love to pass them on. I’m repeating because my question was not answered.
Oh God, I need your strength now. I am pushed to the limit . My life seems to hang in the balance. I know God has healed me, but I feel my strength waning . I know your word says I am healed, but how long before you manifest victory? Do not lose heart my soul. For He is a very present help in trouble. I am pushed to the limit, but greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. My life seems to hang in the balance, but if I acknowledge you in all my ways, you will establish me. My strength is waning , but you give strength to the weary , and increase the power of the weak. How long before you manifest victory? Lord, I look to your word. Lord, at the proper time I will reap a harvest, if I do not give up.
Rick – I agree with you and I am praying for you. Being pushed to the limit seems to be what the faith walk is all about. The Bible says to, “…having done all, to stand, stand therefore…” And – “Do not throw away your confidence (in God), which has a great reward…you have need of endurance…so that you will receive what is promised.” Heb 10:35, 36 and “…let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” James 1:4
The result of the work of faith is perfection on the inside and completeness on the outside. Some things are hard on your flesh but good on your destiny. Read this article – Faith Knows the Final Score.
Keep looking at Him and His word, not on the time or the situation. You can only do that by looking to Him and hearing from Him. He is faithful, and He has decided to give these promises for a reason, and that reason is to fulfill them. I am standing with you as you stand with God. Go get’m tiger. Be all that you can be, and believe all that He wants to be.
Rick, my compassion for you has to take a back seat as you need to realize that your faith is in a go and stop attitude. If you drove a car the way you are using your faith, you would never get anywhere. I’m not trying to be critical, but realize that your words will either justify you or condemn you. You can’t say “my strength is waning”, and then turn around and say “God is my strength”. If God is your strength, then say that, and do not say anything else.
Add many scriptures that have to do with strength. Read Psalms 103 every day out loud. Your flesh may be under attack, but your born again spirit is made in the image of God. Confess Romans 8. Psalms 23 declares that you will not lack for any good thing, because the Lord IS your Shepherd. Resist the devil. Use the authority you have been given over him. You are the REDEEMED of the Lord…SAY SO!!
The blood has been shed for you. Do not let temporary circumstances determine your faith. Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the Word of God. Let your voice be filled with God’s unfailing promises. Quit speaking words that are filled with death. Speak LIFE to yourself. God’s Word is Spirit and Life.
Pastor – I totally agree with you. Rick, this is wisdom. Listen to it and do it.
Thank you for your encouragement, I see the wisdom in what you say. But remember that even king David and apostle Paul were in mental anguish that caused them to despair, but in their despair they prayed and acknowledged God to lead them. It is okay to feel pain and acknowledge it. They acknowledged it to the whole world ! It is good to boast about my weakness, cause then God is strong on my behalf. If God says someone is healed and he feels great pain, is it okay to cry out cause he feels pain ? It is okay. but he must also acknowledge God’s word. and thank Him for His healing . But if you feel great pain you WILL cry out. I do not think that is being wishy washy. A person is standing on God’s word that he is healed , and maybe feeling the effects of a high fever at the same time. Did Jesus take away the fever on calvary ? Yes ! Indeed He did . But when a fever tries to take a hold he might cry out in pain, but that does mean he doesn’t believe Isaiah 53.
So , I say you are right. I have to acknowledge God’s word. And you encouraged me to stay on my toes. But I think I clarified myself so you know where I am coming from .
Very encouraging words. Like to read and hear more
Indeed! It is the listening and consideration of what he says that makes us fear. Lord at your word, we will use your word and the blood to fight our enemy. Thank you brother for reminding us.