Warfare

2 Corinthians 10:4-“For the weapons of our WARFARE are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

One of the marks of a growing, maturing believer is their ability to STAND on the Word. Whether it be a prophetic Word (Rhema) or the written Word (logos), those words are the truth of who God is and what He is wanting to do in our lives. But, in order to see the Word from God demonstrated and manifested in our lives, we are first required to believe it. Faith and believing are not just mentally agreeing – because faith will always be tested. If your faith is only head (mental) knowledge, it will be stolen every time. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart…” Paul said that it is with the heart one believes unto righteousness. A belief does not become faith until it drops from your head into your heart. That transition requires confession, repetition, confession, and repetition. Confession and repetition sink the seed of the Word deeper and deeper until it takes root in your heart. What you are not willing to confess (speak repetitiously) you will not possess. That is the truth Paul taught – confession is made unto salvation. Salvation encompasses every aspect of our lives with God, from the moment of conversion to seeing every Word and promise experienced in our lives. Because our faith will be tested, our faith is validated by what we’re willing to STAND UP for and FIGHT for. That’s called WARFARE.

The enemy always comes attempting to steal, kill and destroy the Word given to us from God. He comes to oppose you with the intent to steal from you what God has spoken. Jesus warns us in Mark 4:15, “These are the ones by the wayside (shallow, immature), where the Word was sown; Satan comes to steal the Word that was sown.” The only Words that will ever achieve the reward are the ones that we are willing to FIGHT for. I wish it wasn’t that way, but the truth is, only fighters win! Those who sit back and accept the lies of deception from the enemy never see the rewards of God’s Word manifested in their lives. That is why Paul tells us to “FIGHT the good FIGHT of faith.” Growing up with the name Rocky, you can imagine I’ve been in a lot of fights. The only good fights were the ones I won. Meaning I came out on top. That is what Paul is talking about. FIGHT the devil over the truth until you come out on top.

What you are not willing to confess, you will not possess!

Only FIGHTERS prevail! Only FIGHTERS triumph! Only FIGHTERS win!! One of the biggest problems in the body of Christ is that most do not know how to fight the devil – the enemy of their soul. They’re good at fighting other people but they haven’t learned how to fight the enemy of their faith. Until you learn how to do that, it will be impossible for you to live in victory and possess what God said belongs to you.

Mary received a Word that she would be pregnant with Jesus. This Word was incomprehensible and impossible to explain. She had no Biblical precedent for that Word – a virgin giving birth to a child. It was a prophetic Word. But the angel told her in Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing is impossible.” In the Greek, nothing means “no rhema.” In the Greek Luke 1:37 reads – “For with God no spoken Word, (including a prophetic Word) to you will be impossible.” Whenever God gives us a Word, it is not going to seem possible, in fact, the natural circumstances usually contradict the Word God gave us. But Mary had the sense to agree. Her response was Luke 1:38 – “Let it be done to me according to Your Word.” Our responsibility is to STAND, FIGHT and BELIEVE the Word given. Do not allow yourself to be talked out of the Word. If we REFUSE to let go of the Word, God will make it happen.

The only Words that will ever achieve the reward are the ones we’re willing to fight for!

Can you imagine the opposition that Mary encountered besides the devil – her family and everyone that she knew, including Joseph her fiancĂ©? She had to STAND up against the stigma of being the mother of an illegitimate child. Everything in the natural (as well as the enemy in the spirit) fought her hard, attempting to abort the Word. Anytime we don’t STAND against the enemy’s attacks and his attempts to steal the Word, we are allowing that Word to be aborted – snatched from the birthing womb of faith. That’s what happened to the Israelite’s in Hebrews 3:18 where it says of them, “we see that they could not enter in because of their unbelief.” God gave them a Word. Any Word from God is His will for your life. But the Israelite’s allowed themselves to be talked out of it. So, the Word, even though it was the will of God, was aborted. That’s where a lot of people are. God has given them a Word, Hebrews 10:25, “Do not forsake going to church.” The enemy fights them over the Word and when they choose to give into his lies, the enemy steals the Word from them. Then the Word is of no benefit. So, they lose the fight and the reward of fighting the good fight of faith.

God’s Word is His will for your life!

What are you STANDING for today?

What are you FIGHTING for today?

My prayer for you today is that you will – STAND – FIGHT – and WIN!!!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”