In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
As a late in life committed Christian, I suffered for the majority of 51 years with various common ailments: depression, anxiety, insomnia, fear, panic, pride, anger, insecurity, obesity, betrayal, people-pleasing, people-hating, and marital strife. All were packaged beneath worldly success.
But Jesus says, 'There is nothing hidden which will not be revealed' (Mark 4:22), so my disorders popped up with grievous regularity.
I now believe these disorders were attacks. Their source? Personal enemy #1: Satan.
Upon becoming a committed Christian, I confess immeasurable relief at the discovery that I wasn't crazy or doomed--but the opposite: learning and saved.
'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
But even today, I get hit with fiery darts of familiar temptations. Usually when I am tired. When my guard is down. When I don't 'dress' properly. When I forget the armor of God. But instead of demons setting ablaze my peace treaty with humanity, I know exactly what to do:
What 'I do' is speak the Word of God to my attackers. So far, we (God's Word and I) are batting 1000. Our strategy is 100% effective. The destroyer's troops begin running in the opposite direction, because they can't stand against the strength of It. They flee from Its Light.
Here's the thing: Jesus lived His life as The Example to His followers. His Own human encounters with Satan were written to be lessons. His trials during His 40-day fast in the desert occurred without witness. He didn't have to share these battles, but He wanted us to know how to win our own.
Within the Word of God is immeasurable power. The Word of God is Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Immeasurable Power series.