Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
An Axe To The Root (Part 5)
The Power Of The Tongue
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21 (NAS)
If bad habits and destructive addictions are weeds planted in our lives by Satan, God teaches us to attack the root of the problem for lasting victory. We can't reason with weeds, ignore them, or trim them. 1001 man-made weed killers won't work, because these weeds are deeply implanted into our very souls by forces stronger than any man.

Victorious spiritual warfare tells us to cut through Satan's dark roots with the 'Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God' (Ephesians 6:17). Apply God's words to these roots by speaking them aloud against your foe who planted them - and stand back in amazement as Satan flees. Keep applying God's weed killer daily, even hourly. Warning: strong roots require repeated application of Truth.

Are you battling fear? It is written, 'Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us' (Romans 8:37). *Demand that your conquered fears surrender.

Insomnia? It is written, 'In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety' (Psalm 4:8). *Count yourself among God's sheep.

Guilt? It is written, 'There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1). *Kick Satan's guilt trip in this backside while he flees.

Food temptation? It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4). *Jesus Himself used this one on Satan after a 40-day fast.

Different enticements to stray? It is written, 'My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside' (Job 23:11). *Remind dark forces Who you are following.

If the road seems endless, press on. It is written, 'But while he was still a long way off, his Father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him' (Luke 15:20). God loves us who are prodigals. God not only forgives everything, but He runs toward us at our slightest turn in His direction.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the An Axe To The Root series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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