No matter what, it is written

Jesus answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

If you know of this account, you know that Jesus turned the Word of God on the devil when he tried to tempt Him. Jesus said, “It is written three times, once for each temptation. (Matthew 4:4,7,10)

We should do the same when the devil reminds us of pain in our body. We should say what God’s Word says: “It is written, By His stripes I am healed” (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24). And then you can tell your Father God, “I have Your Word for it, and I am standing on Your Word. I am not trying to be healed. My healing has already happened. I don’t care what this body says. It has to line up with Your Word because by Jesus’ stripes I am healed.”

And when the devil says to you, “Look at your bank account. How are you going to pay your bills?” Just say, “I’m not going to worry because I know that my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). It doesn’t matter how much I have in the bank. God’s Word tells me that as the need arises, the supply will be there.”

What about if fear comes in hard? Don’t try to rationalize or reason your fear away. Instead, speak God’s Word into the situation. Say, “It is written, For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). What if the fear returns? Just speak again. Say, “It is written, For God has not given me a spirit of fear…”

Whenever the devil tries to deceive you, give him the Word of God. There is something about the Word of God that causes him not to want to hang around those who use it. It reminds him of Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), who rendered him powerless and of no effect when He said, “It is written.” Remind the devil of how Jesus disarmed him and that you have a right to use the same Word that Jesus used and he must recognize and respond to it. Hallelujah.

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