Speaking truth into darkness

I have been thinking lately about the power of speaking truth into darkness.

I believe it has the potential to change lives – my life included.

The great example is Jesus in his confrontation with Satan in the wilderness just after John the Baptist baptized him in the Jordan river.

In Luke 4, Jesus fends off several attempts by Satan to get the Son of God to bow to his authority.  He does it by quoting scriptural truths.

Many Christian writers and speakers have pointed to this as a key to rising above temptation.

Some, such as Christian counsellor and professor Neil Anderson, also see it as a way of changing the way people see themselves and God.  Anderson says many people he has counselled have found joy when they realize what the Bible says about how God sees them.

Knowing what the Bible says about us and our circumstances can build our faith and free us from discouragement and even despair.

In a well-known passage in Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul says: “We are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

These unseen powers are constantly trying to use our weaknesses against us.  They can convince us we are worthless or that we will never triumph over our sinful tendencies.

But a simple verse such as “the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4) can be very effective in dealing with Satan’s attempts to tempt or discourage us.  We are saying that we believe God who is victorious over Satan – not the devil’s deceiving words.

Another example: We can fight Satan’s efforts to plunge us into despair by speaking verses that declare we are children of God and have eternal life when we believe in Jesus and his atonement for our sins.

Reminding ourselves through scripture of God’s amazing love for us can help us battle the devil’s attempt to suggest God has no time for us because of our failures.

Why is it important to declare these truths?

As I said earlier,  I believe speaking scriptural truths helps build our faith.  They are an excellent reminder of the greatness, power and love of God.  These statements turn our thoughts away from our own weaknesses to God’s strength and abundance.

But the example of Jesus in the desert also indicates that declaring Bible truths drives away Satan and his demons.  They help defeat Satan.  As Paul said, he is our main enemy.

I have often forgotten this truth.

Now, I am determined to apply it regularly in my daily life.

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