In 1997, we launched a church in the small town where we had been serving with Youth for Christ. Over the next year and a half, I faced continual enemy attacks. I often pleaded with Jesus to stop the constant barrage of fire, but Jesus used that experience to teach me to stand and fight using my most valuable weapon: Faith.
Hearts broken and faith battered, we left that church and moved to Denver, Colorado, to plant another church. But, after a year, we were still suffering burn-out and walked away from that opportunity. In the process, my faith had crumbled, and I broke up with Jesus.
In the months after that break-up, Jesus wooed me and rebuilt my faith. Slowly, I saw what I had been believing. Lies surfaced like, “God could answer my prayers, but He wants to make life harder for me,” and “God may help me when I call for Him based on whether or not I deserve His help at the moment.”
The arduous journey back to believing Him began with truth. Until that season of life, I hadn’t realized that my faith was built on my experiences with God and on my own ability to meet challenges with a little bit of God and a whole lot of Jayne. I wrote about that difficult season, here.
Learning to Stand in Faith
In part 2 of this series on spiritual warfare, I described standing under Jesus’s authority as a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. Just as we stand under Jesus’s authority, like standing under an umbrella in the rain, we must learn to stand in faith, believing God’s words if we want to win against our enemy.
God’s Word is our Powerful Weapon in Spiritual Warfare.
God’s word is our powerful weapon in spiritual warfare because it directly opposes the enemy’s lies. Jesus said,
He (the devil) has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.John 8:44 NLT
Anatomy of a lie:
A lie is a statement that contains enough truth to be believable or validate our feelings. It slips into our thoughts, usually in a moment of self-doubt or distress, and it sounds like us.
Today, there’s a movement to deny that God’s word is inspired by Him. Uninspired, the Bible becomes like any other book, offering wisdom and telling a history or myths. For me, I choose to believe that the Bible I read is the truth that God wants me to know. The words that I read are alive and active and deliver truth that sets me free. Our enemy knows that if we won’t stand in faith, believing that the Bible is authoritative, then we are easy prey.
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
–Jesus, as He prayed to His Father on behalf of His followersJohn 17:17
Here’s truth that you can begin standing in right now:
“How great is the love that the Father has lavished on you that you should be called a child of God.”1 John 3:1
Say it out loud. “God lavished His loves me and calls me His child.”
Say it everyday, as often as you need to hear it to believe it.
Embracing Bold Faith
These days, I don’t mess around with the enemy’s lies. Almost every day, I declare out loud what Jesus has done for me. And, I write this blog to encourage your bold faith. I’d love to hear your stories about bold faith.
Stay Rooted in God’s Word
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.Colossians 2:7 NLT