Words of Warfare: A Tool For Every Christian

(From the archives…an article I needed to read again myself.)

It has taken me thirty-two years to really grasp the literal meaning of God’s Word being “powerful as a two-edged sword, piercing to the inmost parts of men”.

The Bible is full of wisdom about the power of the Word. In 2 Corinthians Paul says “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” And the picture of the armor of God in Ephesians shows us that the Bible is our “sword of the Spirit”, the only weapon mentioned in that analogy.

But I have not always understood how real that power is and therefore have not used it like I should in my daily life. Now that I am raising children, how wonderful to know that we have this kind of power at our disposal and that we can also equip our children to fight their spiritual battles and win!

So exactly how do we use this power of God’s Word that He has so graciously given? We speak it. Simple as that and nothing else. When we speak God’s Word verbally, we literally wield the only weapon that will cause Satan to turn from us.

Jesus lived this example for us when He walked the earth. When Satan came to tempt Him, he immediately retorted “As it is written…” And responded the same way after Satan’s second attempt to trap him. Satan hates the spoken Word of God! Regardless of the temptation to sin, Satan is always the culprit. God tempts no one. So at the first indication of temptation, we need only to quote Scripture until Satan retreats.

This has been a marvelous tool to teach my children. For a long time, I honestly did not know how to handle some of the disputes that would come up among my children during the day. The disputes may have been seemingly mild, but at the heart of bickering, or whining, or strife is always a more serious issue that needs to be addressed. It is usually not very hard to search out the source of the conflict; once it is found, I can simply give the child a Bible verse related to the vice, and instruct him to “flee” from Satan by fighting him with Scripture.

The Scripture empowers them to handle attitudes and feelings that they could not otherwise resist in their own flesh. Of course this brings a whole new meaning to the importance of memorizing Scripture. Of all the things we could teach our children, I believe Scripture memory is one of the most vital.

I am still learning this powerful exercise myself. We can also remember that the same spoken word is just as powerful when talking to others. His Word will NOT return void, but will accomplish the purpose He pleases. Stop fighting in the flesh and start wielding the Word!

Our Scripture Songs CD was written and recorded for this purpose, to make memorizing the Word of God easy and enjoyable for the family.

 

16 Responses to “Words of Warfare: A Tool For Every Christian”

  1. ladyscott says:

    THANK YOU! I am so glad you posted this!

    I do want to purchase your scripture songs CD and am thinking of making one up myself for the benefit of my children. Many of the songs we sing in church come from the Word of God. I love reading through my Bible and finding the verses the songs use. I should suggest to Pastor to have the music leader write the verses of the Bible the songs are from on the overheads.

  2. You are so very right!! We must write them on the “doorposts” of our homes. We need to have them ready on our lips. And speak them OUT LOUD! I love Ginger Plowman’s book, Don’t Make Me Count to Three! I got mine from Timberdoodle and they include a wall chart for reference that has Scripture printed out for many categories of heart issues. It suggests specific verses to correct (take out the unholy) and instruct (put in the holy). http://www.timberdoodle.com/Don_t_Make_Me_Count_to_Three_p/790-816.htm

    • Sarah Lownsbery says:

      Our women’s bible study did this book as a study last year and I missed it. It sounds like a book that I would thoroughly enjoy!
      Sarah L.

  3. Amanda says:

    Thanks so much!! I am really struggling with patience lately and with keeping my “tongue” from being a sharp sword rather than a “gentle answer” so this is great. It’s time to refresh my mind with some of those tongue/mouth scriptures and begin SPEAKING THEM out loud when I feel the frustration rising up inside of me.

  4. Ruth Adams says:

    Wonderful advice! My children and I recently memorized “Sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” – Proverbs 16:21

  5. Kim M says:

    I needed this so much today, Kelly. I have found myself impatient lately and this is just what I needed.

  6. Ligia says:

    A much-needed reminder! As for whining and atrifing…you must take a look at this wonderful audio theater CD: http://www.facebook.com/PetersHeart

    It can be a very effective as an educational tool, and the nicest part is that it’s so non-preacy that the kids won’t suspect a thing! 🙂

  7. Charity says:

    What a wonderful reminder, Kelly. I am so quick to forget this truth, and keep striving in my flesh to quench those fires Satan starts within our home.

    Thank you so much!

  8. Sara says:

    YES!!! Nothing I say can make my kids want to obey, but the word of God. My six year old repeats Scripture verses that help her to remember how to treat her younger siblings. I started quoting Scripture at her simply because I was exasperated with her and didn’t know any other “technique” to try. I should’ve known better! The word of God is powerful!

  9. Sara says:

    Antbed,
    Does the chart come with the book? Or just a special perk with timberdoodle?
    Thanks.

  10. Sarah Lownsbery says:

    Kelly,
    I just wanted to stop by and say Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for this encouraging post. I will check out your scripture CD and possibly order it soon 🙂 Also, I think it is funny that I read to my children out of the book of James tonight and he touches on the taming of the tongue 🙂
    Blessings,
    Sarah L.

  11. Linda says:

    I appreciate this post. Thank you.

  12. Teri Miller says:

    Amen!! This is something the Lord has REALLY been teaching me lately…and you’ve just sent along aNOTHer bit of confirmation…

    I wrote about much the same, just a few weeks ago:

    http://freeagentmommy.typepad.com/blog/2010/11/to-train-up-a-mouth.html

    THANK you for your wonderful encouragement & conviction.
    Merry Christmas!

  13. Great thoughts! My husband and I have resolved to work at memorizing scripture for ourselves this year. Applicable to our battles. I’ve been so diligent about helping the kids with their Sunday and Wednesday night verses, they are light years ahead of me at this! 🙂

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