Faith – The #1 Priority! Part 2

We will continue on with the lesson from last week, and have added a few things.

   There are certain things that Satan is afraid of. You must know what these are; and use them to your advantage. Use these against him.    There are two main things that Satan and his demons fears the most:

A). The Name of Jesus

     1). Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV)  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

     This means that His is the “most powerful” name in all of the universe. It is the ONE name that every devil is afraid of “right now”!!! And the name that every human being will “eventually” bow down to!!!

     Demons tremble when they hear His name; and especially when you use or say His name. The people in the bible knew this. And this is something that new must know.

     a). Acts 16:18- And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

        (Ephesians 2:10) – (AMP)- 10 so that at the name of Jesus [a]every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven (any angels) and on earth (every man will eventually do this, along with every demon that is in the earth right now) and under the earth, (every man and devil who are in hell right now, or that will be confined there).

This is the second thing that Satan and his demons fear the most.

B). The Word of God

QUESTION: Why are Satan and his demons afraid of the word of God?

ANSWER: Because it literally affects them like a sword!

     It is described as a sword, because in the spiritual/invisible world, it has the same effects on them as a sword!!! The bible depicts the word of God, as a sword:

     a). Hebrews 4:12a- For the word of God is quick,… (This means that when you use it; it will immediately start working, and immediately has an affect on the devil)

     …….and powerful (AMP- full of power)……The word of God is so powerful that Satan has NO defense against it.

                Now, notice how it is described:

                  …….and sharper than any twoedged sword,

     b). Revelation 1:16b-… and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

     c). Ephesians 6:17-  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

     d). Isaiah 55:11- So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void (Amplified Version- without results), but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosperin the thing whereto I sent it.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE POINT: The word of God is your “offensive weapon”. When you use it, you enemy takes out running; he leaves you; and this is how you defeat him.

     A Christian must build, stake his entire life and future, upon the word of God. On the teachings found in the bible. In order for a person to be able to do this, he/she must KNOW what the bible says. When a Christian doesn’t know the word of God, they have no other choice but to be led by reason. Again, this would be your best thinking.

     We must get to the point that when opposition comes against us, we say like Jesus said, “It is written!”

The word of God is like a “two-sided coin”. And both sides are very important.

  1. Side A- You must read and study the bible.

1). II Timothy 2:15- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  1. Side B- You must meditate upon what you read.

1). Joshua 1:8- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

2). Psalm 1:2- But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Quit trying to read and study your Sunday School lesson fast, in order to get it out of the way. Read it slowly, meditate on it. Take some time before you lay down at night, or before you get out of bed in the morning, to think/ponder upon what you have read.

     We suggest that you use the “slow” and “show” approach:

  1. Slow– Take your time.
  2. Show– Ask God to speak to you personally.

     Exercise Faith in God’s Faithfulness-

     a). Lamentations 3:22-23- 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

     VERY IMPORTANT: Know and rest assured that God is always with you. He is always right by your side. There is not a time in your life, regardless of how you may feel, that God is not with you. He faithfully watches over you. You are never alone.

     a). Hebrews 13:5b-….. for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

     b). Matthew 28:20b- and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

     c). Exodus 3:12a- And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;

     d). Genesis 31:3- And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

     e). Genesis 28:15- And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

     f). Proverbs 18:24b- “…..there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

     Exercise Faith in God’s Promises-

     There is a HUGE difference between “knowing” God’s word and “believing” it. Christians are not referred to as “knowers”, but “believers”.

     The bible is not full of clichés,… its full of promises!!!! In order to win this “Faith Fight”, a person must move from simply “knowing” about the promises, to “believing” the promises.

How is a person supposed to accomplish this? We must believe every promise of God…. “by faith”! We must move beyond what we see, feel, or think.

We’re in a “Faith Fight”. And God’s promises are connected to your faith. They work together. In order for you to see God’s promise come true in your life, you must have faith in what He has promised in His word.

     a).  Hebrews 11:6- But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

     God REPEATS Himself “4” times concerning our exercising of faith. Biblical repetition is very important:

     1). Romans 1:17- For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

     2). Galatians 3:11- But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

     3). Hebrews 10:38- Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

     4). Habakkuk 2:4- Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

PRACTICAL POINT EMPHASIZED: God’s promises are “connected” to your faith.