".... and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God". Ephesians 6:17b
How does the Bible tell us to fight our enemy the devil? It tells us to fight him with our mouth. He comes to steal, kill and destroy and he fights against us with his mouth/words. This is how he fought against mankind in the Garden of Eden-- with words. "Did God say?" He is still fighting against us with words. Words of fear, guilt, shame, condemnation and accusations.
Many of you are trying to fight him the wrong way. You think that if you just ignore him he will go away. You think that if you talk to him you will be sinning. You believe that just because Jesus already defeated him that you don't have to do anything else. You don't understand that he is to be spoken to in order to defeat or resist him. I didn't say we are to converse with him. I said we are to speak to him.
Jesus taught us how to defeat the enemy when He was in the wilderness. He did not carry on a conversation with the devil. He did not simply ignore him. He did not stay speechless. He spoke the Word of God to him-- "It is written". When Jesus and His disciples were in the boat and the storm came up, it was no ordinary storm. It was demonic in nature. It was the enemy trying to detour and destroy Jesus from reaching His destination. What did Jesus do in the storm? He spoke to the storm. He told it to "shut up and be quiet"!
In your time of "attack" you are going to have to do the same thing. You are going to have to open your mouth and use your Sword-- the Word of God. The Bible tells us we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony. Are you using God's Word to fight the devil? Are you being quiet and not saying a word? Are you ignoring him and hoping he will go away? It wasn't until Jesus had told him three times that "It is written" that he finally left-- but he did leave.
Have a great day. You have to speak to the enemy and tell him what the Word of God says.
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