Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Immeasurable Power (Part 2)
Speak Back To Evil
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, 'If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.'
Matthew 4:1-3 (NKJV)
But He answered and said, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' '
Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
Jesus told His disciples about His final trials in the desert. Why? To reveal the real enemy. To teach us how to fight. To show us how to win.
He describes 'Being tempted for forty days by the devil' (Luke 4:2). At His weakest moment, Satan struck three more times. Each was an invitation to give up and sell out. Could despair conquer even Him? Surely not, but it would try. Of urgent importance for Christians is to remember Jesus' response to each attack:
Scripture. He spoke the Word of God.
When we are at a loss for words, God isn't. He will answer, but He uses our mouths to do it. If we don't speak back to evil, we lose. Silence is assent. Silence is defeat. God's Word was the first Word and It will be the last Word. No argument can weaken It, shake It, or move It. 'The Word of the Lord endures forever' (1 Peter 1:25).
'Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light' (Romans 13:12). Enemy attacks are the works of darkness, and God's Word is the armor of light. Darkness flees from light, because 'God is light' (1 John 1:5).
Jesus said, 'I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness' (John 12:46).
His brother, James, said, 'Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).
Could resisting Satan, deflecting insults, and defeating depression be this simple? Just opening our Bible and speaking His Word?
'Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world' (1 Corinthians 1:20) so that we may gain 'From the simplicity that is in Christ' (2 Corinthians 11:3)?
If we move mountains by faith (see Matthew 17:20), if 'Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17), then we can move the seemingly impossible mountains of fear, doubt, anger, abuse, failure, and worry by speaking the Word of God out loud.
By example and promise, Jesus came to reveal the power of His Word; 'He said to them, 'To you it has been given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God' ' (Mark 4:11).
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.