March 2, 2016 by maryruwe
My husband and I like to watch Westerns. He especially likes the War movies too. What I’ve notice is that there is a “battle cry” when one side is charging the other. Think of the movies where Indians are charging the settlements. When they begin their charge they have their battle cry. In the War movies the Soldiers have their battle cry. Sometimes it’s the Commander shouting out orders of the next advance. Sometimes it’s more a whispering when they are trying to sneak up on the enemy. Are you getting the picture of what I mean?
Let’s bring this into our every day vernacular. What are the first words out of your mouth when you hit your hand on the corner of the cabinet in the kitchen? Maybe someone left the door open on the upper cabinet and you bang your head on it? When I was young that happened to my Dad one day and he almost passed out. I was always grateful that I wasn’t the one who left that door open! Hah! Or perhaps when you miss the step coming into the house and twist your ankle? What about the driver who pulls over in front of you and then practically stops? Now, just so you know, that still really ticks me off! I say “still” because I’m doing a whole lot better with my reactions now than I use to when I was younger and didn’t have the Holy Spirit within me; I’m just saying. And then there are those discussions we have with our family that should more accurately be called battles. Can you hear the battle cries? They might sound like: “What were you thinking”, “Are you kidding me”, “I don’t think so”, “Just do as I say”, “Are you crazy, NO you can’t do that”. Let me say this, “everyone has battles and everyone has a battle cry”. Our words are our battle cry. These words are what give us the victory or the defeat in our battles.
So far this discussion has been about our battles with others; or our reaction to things like the cabinet that jumps out at us and causes us to hit our head or bang our hand. But there is a more serious battle that is raging around us. This actual war that we are all in is a spiritual war. We have an enemy and his name is Lucifer, (He is also known as Satan and the Devil) and he wants to “kill us, steal from us, and destroy us” (John 10:10). Why? Because we-mankind- are God’s prize creation; and as a child of God, we are the devil’s main target. Our battles with the devil manifest in different ways; sometimes in the form of disease, sickness, financial problems, anger, jealousy, envy, covertness, even strife and contention with others that we have already discussed. So the answer we want is how to fight these battles to reach the desired victory.
Jesus is our example so let’s see how He did His battles. In the wilderness when Jesus’ was being tempted, His battle cry was, “It is written” and quoted Scripture (Matthew 4). Jesus’ battle cry in the Garden of Gethsemane was, “not my will but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus victory cry on the Cross was, “It is finished” (John19:30). So we see that Jesus’ battle cry was the WORD of God. He used God’s Word for his defense, His counterattack, and His victory cry. He quoted the Word. Jesus’ defense when tempted was in speaking the Word. His counterattack was standing in who He was; the very Son of God. He took His stand by doing what the Father said to do; healing the sick and forgiving their sin. His victory cry of “it is finished” was words of completing His purpose.
The wilderness temptation was about “who” would rule in His life. Who would He bow his heart to; it was a battle of dedication. In the Garden of Gethsemane the battle over whether He would submit to the Father’s Will or His own. Jesus knew what was coming and I’m sure He didn’t want to go through all the agony of the Cross. BUT thank God He did, otherwise there would be no Salvation for any of us! The words Jesus spoke on the Cross, “it is finished” was an affirmation that He had ran His race and completed the purpose of why He was born; and had done all that God sent Him to do.
This is why it’s so very important that we know the Word; so we are ready with an answer when temptation comes to us. It is NOT a sin to be tempted. We know this because Jesus never sinned and yet He was tempted. So don’t get down on yourself for being tempted, just know that your way out of it is the WORD of God. Also notice that Jesus didn’t argue with Satan. We don’t need to argue with the devil either. We need to do as Jesus did, quote the Word, believe the Word, and trust God.
In Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given me”. Then we read in Luke 9:1 and Mark 16:14-18 where Jesus gave authority to His disciples. As Christians, we are also His disciples, right? So we have the power and authority in the Name of Jesus too. So what are our battles cries when attacked with sickness and disease, financial situations, strife and contention? What about commitment and dedication? It’s the WORD. The Word should be our battle cry in every situation of our life. Here are some examples of how I apply the Word in different areas of my life. I read the Scripture and then I speak it over my life, personalizing them.
COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION:
Joshua 24:15 – Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Each day I choose to serve my Lord.
Psalm 119:11 – Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Each day I read and meditate on the Word so I will be strong in faith.
SICKNESS AND DISEASE:
Psalm 107:20 – God sent His Word, and healed me, and delivered me from destructions. Jesus is the Word (John 1:1,14).
1 Peter 2:24 and Isaiah 53:4 – By the stripes on Jesus’ back I am healed.
Jeremiah 30:17 – God restores health unto me and heals me of my wounds.
Isaiah 61:3 – I will put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (depressive negative thoughts produce heaviness in our spirit and soul).
Malachi 3:10-11 – God opens the windows of heaven and blesses me when I bring my tithe to His storehouse which is the Church where I attend. AND then He rebukes the devourer for my sake.
Proverbs 3:9-10 – God fills my barns (home and life) with blessings when I honor Him with my substance (all that I have), and with my increases.
Luke 6:38 – When I give generously, God will give back to me in good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, to over flowing. If I give grudgingly then that too is how I will reap.
STRIFE AND CONTENTION:
Proverbs 15:1 – My soft answers and tone of my voice turns away wrath.
Proverbs 18:21 – Since death and life are in the power of the tongue, and I reap the fruit of what I say, whether negative or positive, I will speak words of faith.
Matthew 12:35 – Since the words I speak come from the treasure of my heart, I will keep the Word before me day and night so it is in my heart, and I will speak in agreement with the Word.
I do trust that this study message is a blessing to you and encourages you to monitor your thoughts and words so your battle cries line with the Word of God.