Jesus Himself is the Eternal, Living Word.
One of the greatest understandings of the authority of the word of God for the believer is that we have, as it were, a legal right, based upon the name of Jesus Himself and His finished work on the cross, to utilize the word as our Sword and cut the lies of the Enemy; to utilize the word for many strategies; to resist temptation, to be filled with hope, to trust, to obey and find life, and to be encouraged by how the Father has dealt with so many of His children throughout the ages.
In Luke 4 Jesus has been spending time with His Father, full of the Holy Spirit, and fasting and praying in the wilderness for 40 days.
At the close of this intense season, Satan appears to him (somehow; I don’t imagine he actually walked up to Jesus in a red cape and carrying a pitchfork; I do imagine that he probably came as a flurry of thoughts in Jesus’ mind, just like he does today when he speaks lies and half-truths to you and me).
Satan challenges Jesus in three distinct areas: questioning the Father’s provision, challenging Jesus to become prideful and take a position of power in the world by worshipping him, and in the area of Jesus’ identity as the Son of God and the Father’s ability to protect Him as such. All three times, Jesus agrees with the word of God as written in Deuteronomy and announces,
“IT IS WRITTEN.”
And from Him, sharing in this wonderful passage, we learn of the Father’s original intent in leading the children of Israel for the 40 years in the wilderness and feeding them the manna; that indeed “man shall not live by bread alone, but by the Word of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3 and Luke 4:4).
Speak and Keep on Speaking
Once you have learned that Jesus will speak to you daily in this way, you can truly learn to wield your Sword, both by “standing” on its truth, AND by “speaking” it out of your mouth. When you speak the Word, you are bringing your whole being into full agreement with it.
And do not stop after speaking the word one time; learn to keep proclaiming & decreeing the truth (like Jesus did) over your family, your prayer requests, your personal situations and crises.
As you exercise persistence, the Accuser who is speaking against you will have to cease and he will have to flee. Jesus taught us this powerful principle when He said the following in the Sermon on the Mount,
“Ask, and keep on asking, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and keep on seeking, and you shall find. Knock, and keep on knocking, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, Amplified Translation).
Sometimes real breakthroughs take hours, days, weeks, months, or even years: so remember the power of persistence.
I myself, as I write this blog, am STANDING on the Word of God, daily, for my healing from cancer. I have endured several waves of attack, and plan to keep on enduring. Breakthrough will come.
Always remember, Satan did not tempt Jesus once and then stop. He kept coming in waves of attack. After successfully resisting, prepare for further waves of attack. Keep standing. Keep speaking.
***This blog is an excerpt from my e-Book, “Encountering God In His Living Word.”
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