|For the word of God is quick, and powerful|
and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
For those who need to, unsheathe your rusty swords, people. We need to keep them maintained, and at the ready. It is not enough to possess the sword of the Spirit. It is to be used in precise measures. Keep it exercised in union with the whole armour of God. The Devil skillfully uses words, and actions to attack us. We are to expertly counter his words and deeds with more skillful usage of the Word of God with signs following. Our distinction is that when we please God, our words are delivered with a force of power that the Devil cannot conquer. We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. There is no way that Satan can overthrow children of God who are in the perfect will of our Father.
Remember that the Devil quoted scripture to Jesus. Jesus responded to Satan with scriptures. (Matthew 4). The awesome difference was that Jesus, with his uttered scriptures, had the incomparable benefit of the force, and power of our Father God. Jesus fed the Devil what the Devil ate with contempt for what was from the menu but he had no choice but to digest it. Satan had nothing delectable on that front.
Holy Christians always have the advantage – always. The Devil talks trash because he is trash. Who are we? What does the word of God say? In 1 Peter 2:9, it says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:.” We are who God says that we are. We need to act like we know this pure truth with proof evident that we have embraced that profound awareness imparted to us by God. How has God positioned us? We shall cleave to the revelation of righteousness.
We do not owe any allegiance to Satan. We need to operate with absolute certainty that we are kept by Almighty God who is completely fearless in the face of the Devil. Our role is to be living, walking examples of the identity of God – as we are created in His image. He abides in us – our charge is to prove to Satan that we know whose we are, and who we serve. God is working with us to confirm His word with signs following (Mark 16:20).
Dry bones live (Ezekiel 37). God is going to resuscitate “living” dead, faint-hearted, shame-faced, and unprofitable Christians. Some will re-enlist just as Peter did. Peter converted, and became a major menace to the domain of the Devil. God’s word says about Peter, “…and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:32). A revitalized army is being formed with potent Jesus energy in portions that will be in the overflow. God is not excited about propped-up, mealy-mouthed, going with the masses people. God’s Word says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:” (Matthew 7:13). Our Lord has delight in solid soldiers who stand up, speak with power, and manifest that the only flow that has power is flow comprised of continual obedience to God.
Are we feeding the Devil bones or the meat of God’s truth? Spiritually, are we lean or robust in what we daily ingest? Spiritually, are we sound in our nutritious consumption and disgestion? Are we sufficiently weighing our choices, and unloading unnecessary calorie content? Who are we dining with, and why? Are we there to present Jesus or to embrace an agenda that is of the Devil? What do we swallow – truth or the doctrines of devils? Are we replete with appetizers but low on main courses? Are we into dips or going whole hog for God?
Prayer: Blessed Father God, please feed us with spiritual sustenance to keep us rooted and grounded in Your love with grace and truth multiplied. Let the peace of God rule in our hearts as we follow after righteousness equipped to do effective battle against the dominion of the Devil. Help us to tear down his strongholds, destroy his works, and recruit his soldiers. Let us make them aware with Your living proofs that they are fighting on the side that will not win. Expose to them that the Devil does not love them, but that You do. Provide us the counsel that we need to feed the Devil hefty portions of Your Word, obedience, and praise to You, with fervent loyalty to Your causes. Lord, we need You – we cannot do this without You. Teach us, O Righteous Father, and King of saints, how to continually bring You joy, pleasure, and delight. And let us do as You instructed, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:16).
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