Defend Your Prize, Use Your Sword


Luke 5:12-13; One day Jesus was in a city where there was a man covered with a serious skin disease. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground. He begged Jesus, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out, touched him, and said, “I want to. So be clean!” Immediately, his skin disease went away.

There is not one thing you face that Jesus doesn’t want to deliver you from. Not one thing! In fact, after Jesus paid the sacrifice for sin and included sickness and disease in that (Isa 53:5), His answer changed from “I want to. So be clean!” to, “It’s done. You’re clean!” Accepting His sacrifice is also accepting your freedom from sickness and poverty and exchanging it for health and more than enough. Romans 8:2 says it like this; For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Just like when the man with the skin disease saw Jesus and bowed before him, we also must humble ourselves before him and thank him for the blood he shed and the cross he carried for us. We must thank him for delivering us from sin, sickness and disease. We must believe that he really did what he came to do and begin to contend for what belongs to us. Our words must agree with Gods Word. We can’t say one thing and expect another. I know this is difficult to swallow, but if God places such value on words, we should as well. One cannot continue to speak what they feel out of one side of their mouth and out of the other side, confess healing.

What does the Word say? Mark 4:15 Jesus said; “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.” So we know there is a constant battle for what we’re standing for. If Satan can get us to speak something contrary to the Word of God, he has won the battle. In Ephesians 6, Paul tells us how to win this battle. Take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and come against every lie the enemy would have you believe. If it doesn’t measure up with the Word, cut it down! Don’t allow your mind to dwell on it. Don’t entertain it or reason with it. That’s what got Eve in trouble. If she had turned to the serpent and said, “That’s not what God said!”, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.

Don’t think it will come easy. The truth is, standing on the promises of God can take awhile, but with each victory, you’ll see that gap close. Your faith grows stronger, not in your ability but in His. You begin to believe that His Word is true, that He meant what He said. After a season, you laugh at the devils attempts to take you out of the game. The harder he pushes, the harder you push back, not in your own strength, but from a place of resting in His promised provision of deliverance.

Father, I love you and thank you for your Word that is alive in me. Your Word is full of stories of who you are and what you’ve done, I have so much to draw from. Bring your Word back to my mind each time I need to remember. Each time I face a ‘flesh’ battle, may I remember I overcome because of Jesus. Today, may I face my adversary with sword in hand. May you strengthen me to stand until he walks away with his tail between his legs. It’s in Jesus’ Name I give you praise. Amen

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