War of Words
“Steady heart. You will win if you just don’t quit”
Words are a choice weapon in the multidimensional warfare going on around us. They connect us, disconnect us, heal and hurt us all at the same time. The spiritual and physical realms interrelate so much on earth we cannot deny the need for training in spiritual warfare and this is a subject the bible addresses often. The Apostle Paul’s writings to Timothy are notable for their specific lessons on the subject.
Timothy was a young man holding his post as a lead pastor of a congregation and evidently, he was in need of some encouragement from his father in the faith, Paul.
All of us need to be strengthened and encouraged as we live out our place in life.
Paul gives Timothy an interesting exhortation captured in chapter one of the first book of Timothy in the bible,
“This charge, I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.” 1 Tim.1:18 ESV
By them you may wage a good warfare…
Paul was telling Timothy, “You need to remember what God has said about you because His words are your weaponry”. He was calling the young man to not only remember the words, but to fight with them!
Have you ever received a prophetic word from the Lord? Prophecy, one of the gifts of Holy Spirit, is a powerful administration which calls out the potential in us (1 Cor.14:3). It is God’s thoughts about us, too numerous to count (Psalm 139:17), being relayed to us, which is the Truth about us. This real-time spoken word of the Lord is what Paul is charging Timothy to keep close and arm himself with. There are also many words in the bible already written which we can draw on in times of warfare. God has made many promises to us that He is faithful to fulfill. He has promised never to leave us and to help us in time of trouble (Heb.13:5); He promises to forgive us and cleanse us from unrighteousness when we turn to Him (1 John 1:9); He will fight for us (Ex.14:14) and so many more.
Attacks often come as deceitful words packaged in thoughts which enter our minds:
You are unworthy, unwanted, not good enough etc.
When our hearts agree with a thought it quickly becomes a belief – I am unworthy. Interestingly, a lie has to be disempowered and released by one thing – words. Words of truth, founded on who God is and who we are, that when received form a new belief.
“Agreement with the truth will always disempower a lie.” Servant Sons and Daughters, pg.79
Both the attack and the answers come in the same form. We, then, choose which words we’re going to believe.
Paul spoke many encouraging words over Timothy throughout his letters to him. Perhaps because he knew how necessary it was for the young man to be equipped with a good amount to fight with.
In Hebrews 3:13 we’re told to “encourage one another daily…”
To encourage someone can be thought of this way: “to lend someone courage”.
Not only is it essential that we hear and receive God’s truth over us but also that we hear and release His truth over others. Since our tongues have the power of life and death in them (Prov.18:21) we can choose which part they play in the war of words.
We must choose to speak life, truth, love, wisdom and power into ourselves and the world around us. Receiving the words of life from our Father is how we become lit up from within in order to light up the world around us. Pick up the truth God the Father speaks over you today and fight with it to see His truth reign in every area of your life.
“You are the light of the world” Matt.5:14
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