May 8, 2016 – Sunday Inspiration By Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo: Using The Word As A Weapon Of War
Today we shall examine the Word as a weapon of war.
The Bible says: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit that raises a standard against all satanic uprising. This makes the Word a weapon of war in our hands. When we launch the defensive weapon of the Word in faith against the offensive forces of hell, we become more-than-conqueror. For instance, we saw how Jesus Christ, after a 40-day fast, engaged the sword of the Spirit against satan and He conquered (Matthew 4:1-14).
This is why we need to develop the required skill in engaging the Word of God. The Bible says: For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:13-14).
It is so important for us to know how to engage the Word of God in battle against every satanic uprising of the wicked targeted at our lives and destinies (Isaiah 59:19; John 6:63).
But, what is in the Word that wins the war?
The Word of God is fire that consumes all satanic stubbles: It is written: Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)
Remember, our God is a consuming fire and all that God is, is all that His Word is. Thus, God’s Word carries consuming fire and when it is launched against any situation, it consumes every opposition of the enemy on the path of our glorious destinies (Deuteronomy 4:24; 1 kings 18:38-39; Hebrews 12:29).
The Word is the stone in Zion: The Word carries divine stones that grind into powder all oppositions to God’s glorious plan for our lives. Jesus said: Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Matthew 21:42-44).
That rejected stone is Jesus and He is the living Word of God. When we invoke the Word in faith against any situation or adversary, they are grounded into powder, thereby destroying everything resisting our redemptive heritage in Christ.
The Word does not only carry divine stones but it also makes believers lively stones on the earth. The Bible says: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5). This means, we can develop ourselves in the Word so much that we are turned to lively stones.
The Word is light that shatters all gang-ups of the powers of darkness: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:5, 9; See also Isaiah 60:1-3).
Every man is ‘lightable’ and when we are ‘Word-lighted’, we become ‘unassaultable’ by the powers of darkness. Remember that darkness has no capacity to contend with the authority of light. This is why when we engage the light of the Word in battle, our unquestionable triumph is guaranteed. However, it is important to understand that we can graduate from the revelation of the Word (light) to being illuminated by the Word.
Let’s recognise that the gang-up of darkness against the believer is simply because of the absence of light; but when we graduate from revelation to illumination, the assault of darkness ceases because it cannot stand the power of light.
In conclusion, it has been prophetically declared in this year of ‘From Glory to Glory’, that every winner is entitled to minimum four remarkable change of levels. That is, one every three months after the order of Obededom. However, this is only possible as we walk in and engage the light of God’s Word (2 Corinthians 3:18).
This is because it is the Word of God we receive, believe and engage that delivers our desired turnaround. One way we engage the Word is by speaking it boldly against every situation of concern in our lives. When we speak God’s Word boldly, He confirms it openly. As I have often said, ‘A closed mouth is a closed destiny,’ and one cannot be oppressed and afflicted except with a closed mouth. Therefore, it is time to boldly engage the breakthrough power of the Word against every ‘fig tree’ mocking our glorious destiny in Christ (Isaiah 53:7-8; Mark 1:19-22; Luke 21:15). As we do so, I see God’s prophetic agenda for us this year delivered with speed in Jesus’ name! Remain ever blessed!
Are you born again? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord. If you haven’t, you can say this prayer and you will be born again: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
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