A couple weeks ago our Pastor shared the following verse…
Revelation 12:10-11 (NLT)
It has come at last-salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth-the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
This verse talks about three ways that we can overcome Satan, our accuser.
- By the Blood of the Lamb
- By the Word of our Testimony
- By our willingness to lay down our lives.
The first one is obviously the most important one. The blood of Jesus is all that we need to overcome Satan. The blood saves us from our sins and put us in right standing with God for eternity. This is the way we overcome Satan once and for all. I talked about the importance of allowing this to be enough in two previous posts. (Here and Here)
I am also a firm believer of number two: We overcome Satan by the words of our testimony. I believe this is how we can overcome Satan while still here on earth. Words are so important. Proverbs 18:21 says “the tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
Our pastor went on to talk about the tongue. James 3:2 says, “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.”
If we could control our tongue, we would be perfect and able to have self-control in all other areas. Interesting. This puts a whole new perspective on how powerful the words that come out of our own mouths are in our lives.
But how do we begin to control our tongue? Luke 6:45 (NIV) says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
It is so important what we put into our heart. What are the things that we ponder in our hearts when our husband forgets to give us a Mother’s Day card or when our children throw another tantrum when they don’t get their way? How about the absent family member or the friend who forgot to include you on a group gathering? Do you allow yourself to entertain thoughts of jealousy, bitterness, disappointment, abandonment or anger? Are you focused on what your eyes see instead of what the Word says about your situation?
We have to be careful with what we place in our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) says, “Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of our life.”
Psalm 119:11 (NLT), “I have hidden your word in my heart; that I might not sin against you.”
When you are struggling with the right words to say to someone, about someone or about a situation you are in, dive into the Word of God. The Bible is chock-full of positive and life-giving things to meditate on.
Let this be your prayer this week: Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
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