I had a dream the other night in which the devil confronted me. I had a book in my hand which I threw at him, and he just swatted it away. I couldn’t understand why he was able to do that, and why he didn’t flee.
As I lay there awake, mulling over my dream, God showed me what I believe to be the meaning of that dream.
The book that I threw in his direction was the Bible, and my logic was that I could send him scurrying if I use the scriptures. But then I realised that the devil also knows the scriptures, and also used them for his own personal gain (see the temptation of Jesus; Matt 4:5-7).
So why was Jesus able to defeat the devil by quoting scripture? Well, because he spoke from a position of power and authority.
We know that it is important to learn scripture and to be able to speak it out.
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. (Prov 7:2-3 NIV)
We know that scripture is powerful, (Heb 4:12) and a weapon we can use. Paul teaches us this when he speaks about the armour of God.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph 6:17 NIV)
The Lord showed me that it is all good and well being able to “quote” scripture, but it is as useless as throwing a book if those words are not filled with power and authority. With the power and authority of Holy Spirit.
Jesus promised that we would be filled with power from above when Holy Spirit came. We have just celebrated Pentecost, and remembered that amazing day as recorded in the book of Acts. The wonderful and exciting thing is, we can be filled with that very same power today. The outpouring of Holy Spirit was not a “one-off” event, but is available to all believers today.
So speak out the Word of God into your lives, and your circumstances with authority, knowing that as a child of God, they go out in Spirit-filled power – able to change any situation for God’s glory.
Allow Holy Spirit into your hearts and allow the Lord to turn your words and prayers into a blazing sword of power. You will be amazed at what God will do.