Satan cowers, knowing he is defeated by the Word of God and prayer.
What happens when we don't use Scripture to fight or beckon the power of God daily?
We become casualties of war.
Satan and his minions prey on those who are unarmed for the spiritual battle. They target the weak.
Victorious Spiritual Warfare is won, with the Word.
Scripture prepares us for battle and protects us in the midst of the fight.
I see the effects of prayer in my life and others. Especially when I pray Scripture and claim the promises of God.
If you just joined us, welcome. We are dissecting THE PRAYER. Please take a minute to read it.
The Word can be used for battle and surgical healing.
Like any surgeon using his scalpel, we will open each word with precision and accuracy.
Let's continue the Surgical Prayer so we may obtain healing, strength, and correction.
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith— Ephesians3:17a
The Greek words and definitions adapted from Blue letter bible.
Dwell - katoikeō: to house permanently, reside, inhabitant(-ter).
Heart- kardia: the heart, the thoughts or feelings (mind)
Faith - pistis: persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction, assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
What would I do if Jesus walked into my home? Would He feel comfortable? Would He want to dwell there? Would I be sweeping all the mess into the closets?
The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, convicting,teaching, and encouraging.
The Word is His instrument to work in and through us. The Word sees through walls and into locked rooms.
God sees what I see, He knows what I think and hears the words I say.
He knows what I'm trying to hide.
When my son asks to watch something, I ask him, "Would Jesus want to watch that with you?"
"Maybe not, mom."
Christ desires to reside in our hearts, to be comfortable.
When we think, say or do anything questionable the Spirit in us should get restless.
The occupant is not comfortable with sin and makes His discomfort known.
A restless Spirit is a sign of possible disobedience.
I admit my spirit has been restless more than I care to admit.
The evil one's mission is for me to stay in guilt and sin. He wants me to feed the desires of my flesh and not listen to the Holy tenant that resides in me.
The war rages, so I turn to the truth and wield the sword of the word to fight the lies.
The Word pierces the soul and convicts me. The surgical process aided in the eviction of the previous tenants of my heart.
The desire to watch horror films, react to criticism with anger or go out to nightclubs no longer dwell in me.
The Holy Sprit begins to remodel and decorate to reflect His nature.
He feels more at home when the walls aren't shaking with disobedience.
Lies and disobedience still try to take up residence. I turn to the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and the sword, we kick out the unwanted visitors.
I desire Christ to dwell in my heart through faith, the faith that moves mountains. I want Christ to feel at home. Don't you?
Next week we continue to learn how to wield the sword with accuracy -defeating the flesh and demonic influence that fight to take over our hearts and minds? Will you join me?