Something I read in one of my devotions last week resonated in my soul. So I have been pondering on it and talking with God about it. I am thankful because I have become steadfast in standing on God’s promises and what He speaks to me, no matter what the enemy throws my way. I know His voice. That is a good thing, but what the devotion was teaching is how we should always fight the enemy with God’s written Word, not just what we think God said to us. Because there is no mistaken what is written. That’s what Jesus did. “It is written”, He said when the devil tried to tempt Him. Jesus also knew the voice of God He stayed in communion with Him. But in His time of temptation, He declared, “It is written.” In the first temptation, the devil challenged our Lord Jesus to prove His identity, saying, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matt. 4:3). It is interesting that our Lord did not rely on what His Father had audibly spoken over Him at the River Jordan? A voice had come from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). Yet, the Lord did not point satan to the spoken word of God. Over and over again, He declared, “It is written.” Now, if the Son of God used “it is written” to defeat the devil, how much more do you and I need to use it. Our Lord Jesus Himself showed us what to do when we are under attack by the devil. Three times He was tempted by satan in the wilderness. Each time, His response was the same, He quoted the written Word of God. Against each attack, His response was to say, “It is written” (Matt. 4:1–11).
When negative thoughts come our way, we must not give them time to take root in our heart. This correlates with the wise saying that you can’t stop birds from flying over your head, but you can surely stop them from building a nest on your head. We can’t stop the enemy from attacking our minds, but we can surely defend ourselves with the written Word. God’s Word is infallible, unshakable, and everlasting (Isa. 40:8, 1 Pet. 1:25). We can combat the enemy’s attacks, by sticking to the pattern our Lord Jesus shows us in the Bible.
Discouragement, weariness, disillusionment, shattered dreams, and unrealized goals are some of the devils favorite weapons he uses to disturb our peace. But the truth is that the enemy can only use what we allow him to use. We can go to the written Word, where God tells us that He left us with peace. No devil, you cannot have my peace, for it is written! Speak it and satan will flee just as he fled from Jesus! Love and Blessings…
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)