Do you realize that we are at war? The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that we do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms. This is a real war that takes place every day, even though you don't see it with your natural eyes.
Paul instructs us to suit up each day in the armor of GOD to defend ourselves against these evil attacks from the enemy. GOD's armor is the best defense we could possibly have. We need to put on the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, and the shield of faith.
However, it's much better to be in an offensive position, rather than a defensive one. So, how do we do that? How do we take the offense when we are battling against the devil and his demonic forces? You take the Sword of the Spirit and start wielding it!
Put the Word of GOD in your heart and start speaking it out of your mouth. Live in the scriptures and hide GOD's Word in your heart. Then, put your trust and faith into His Word and stand on His Word. Believe in GOD and what He says. Then the Word of GOD is the Word of Faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of GOD! So start speaking the Word of GOD out loud and by faith, stand on GOD's promises. This makes GOD's Word prophetic. When the Word of GOD and the prophetic come together, this allows you to grip the Sword of the Spirit and fight with it!
The Word of Faith moves your heavenly army into action to fight satan and his demonic strongholds. When you speak GOD's Words out loud, you are activating your faith and releasing the host of heaven to act on your behalf. As a Child of GOD, we have the authority to command the host of heaven, just as GOD does! This is the double-edge sword that Paul tells us about in Hebrews. (For the word of GOD is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4: 12)
So, start walking around and declaring and decreeing GOD's Word. People may think you are crazy, but so what? It's a great opportunity to share with them the good news of Jesus Christ!
There is nothing satan or any of his demons can do to you when you stand on the Word of GOD - when you believe it, have faith in it and speak it aloud. No matter what happens in this world, always have some Bible verses in your mind and stand on them. I personally stand on Psalm 91. I read it out loud over my household every morning. We dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. The Lord is our refuge and our fortress, our GOD, in Him do we trust. He covers us with His feathers and under His wings we find refuge. He saves us from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me. Read all of Psalm 91 here.
To take it to the next level. add in the communion elements when you declare His victorious Words. There is nothing more powerful than the body and blood of Jesus! By doing this, you are swinging the Sword of the Spirit!
Stand on the Word of GOD - have abundant faith and speak His words out of your mouth. This is how you fight with the Sword of the Spirit. GOD needs us to declare verbally what He wants to do-speak out loud what the Holy Spirit wants to do.
The world was not "thought" into existence by GOD, it was framed by the Word of GOD. It was spoken into existence! Words are powerful things, most especially GOD's Words!
When we come into agreement with GOD and speak out loud what GOD wants, we release His Spirit into the earth. When we loose the GODhead into the earth, there is nothing that can't be accomplished by His power.
So be on the offensive and start welding GOD's Word -- His fighting Words today.
(As a side note, perfect love casts out all fear. Jesus is that perfect love! There is no fear in love. Faith works by love and love destroys fear.)
I am so glad you are here! I am Erica Strickland, a girl who loves God. My goal here is to simply share His love and light.