"Work the Word" - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - submitted by Dianne Prince
The enemy will resort to anything and everything to disturb your peace, highjack your optimistic attitude, and disrupt your apple cart. He knows your eternal life is not at stake because your eternal life is hid with Christ in God. However, the enemy can seize your daily victory. Thus, he will create circumstances to overwhelm you and to warp your thinking. His goal is to immobilize you mentally by painting a dismal picture of your hope, by killing any positive thoughts, and by manipulating your mind to think things are worse than they seem. Although the adversary does not fight fairly, we do not stoop to his method of war. We do not use manipulation, threats, blackmail, exploitation, and other games of the mind. Our weapon is the Word of God.
Yesterday’s lesson explored how many of us are invisibly bound by people, by circumstances and by things. Many are imprisoned by the enemy, restrained by negative thoughts, held captive by sin, confined by fear, and restricted by “what if” games that take place in the mind. These are all tactics of the enemy to impact your ability to live in victory. These are all schemes designed to steel your joy, destroy your faith, and kill your hope. For some, the enemy has interfered with your ability to accomplish what you are more than capable to achieve. For others, he has paralyzed you to the point that you have given up. And for many others, you know you are in bondage by the devil, but you do not know how to reclaim your God given privileges and regain control.
How do you escape from the trap of the devil? Paul lays it out plain and clear. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” You tear down mental barriers with the Word of God. God’s Word will rip through that which is holding you captive. God has given you a promise in His Word for any and everything the enemy exalts in your mind. God has made available a Word that is more powerful than any obstacle the enemy elevates in your thinking. God’s Word can handle any person or anything that comes your way with the intent to destroy you. God’s Word will tear down fences, barricades, walls, obstructions, stumbling blocks, and any hurdle the enemy has erected in your psyche against the truth of God.
How do you make negative thoughts obedient to Christ? The enemy and the Word of God cannot coexist. Hence, find a scripture that contradicts the negative thought. Put God’s Word in the atmosphere where the enemy operates. Read it. God’s word will permeate the atmosphere. The more you read, the weaker the enemy gets. Read God’s Word until your negative thoughts are displaced with God’s truth. God’s Word will vindicate your mind of any obstruction. His Word will tear down thoughts that are contrary to His will for you. His Word will demolish any stronghold that is holding your mind captive. And, His Word will restore you to a state of clear thinking.
Put His Word to work today.