Text for Today – John 14:14 – If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.
The 21st century Christian is facing at least as much adversity as any previous generation of believers, if not more. The Scriptures tell us that in the last days, evil men shall become more and more evil. However, thanks be to God, where sin abounds, the grace of God abounds much more. Still, adversity rises into the face of believers every day, but this is no time to be silent.
When adversity arises, take action, and be vocal about it. The Scriptures tell us that our own words are our justifiers or our condemners. We know according to the Word of God that our own tongues hold the power of death and life. In short, the words of our mouths are quite probably the most powerful force any of us will ever control in our own lives. In fact, James, the half-brother of Jesus, had quite a bit to say about words. That book of five chapters is a powerful commentary on how we should speak, the words we say, and the benefit of right speaking.
Once again, when adversity arises against you, take action; fast action, determined action, decisive action. Start by drawing closer to the Father; then He draws closer to you. Then resist the devil and he will flee. Just keep in mind that you are the initiator of the action, and that in obedience to the Word of God. That’s walking in the love of God, and that’s where you must walk if you expect your faith to work.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to be vocal; Biblically vocal; speaking the Word of God at all times about all things. if you don’t know what the Word says about a particular issue, at least start praising the Lord for what you do know. Praise has the power to silence the enemy of your soul. In the meantime, get into the Word and find the weapons you need to win that particular battle. It helps to be in a good church where the Word of God is delivered in an uncompromising manner. If you are a part of such a church, when you face battles, there will be strong Christians , leaders in the church who can come along side you, joining their agreement with your faith for your need to be met, and for the attack of the enemy to be overcome. But whatever you do, make sure your vocalizing is according to the Word of God. Don’t allow your vocalizing to become complaining about the situation, but make it confrontational to the situation. Use the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit, and attack! Go on the offensive in your walk in Jesus. Go to the enemy’s camp and take back what he has stolen from you. The Lord has promised to restore it to you. And when you go, go shouting!
Manna for Today – John 14:12-14; Mark 11:22-24; Matthew 12:37; Romans 3:4; James 1:5; 1 John 5:3