Our Lord Jesus secured the devil’s defeat,
but it’s up to us to turn up the heat, keeping satan under our feet.
When he tries to put us through fire,
we can turn it around to our heart’s desire
by using God’s Word as the mighty sword
to put satan to flight as we come toward.
“It is written,” said our Lord, and so should we
be imitators of Him in proclaiming we’re free.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” is God’s sure Word,
so speak life and victory ’til circumstances have heard.
Remember when Jesus and his disciples got into a boat,
“Let’s cross over to the other side,” were the Lord’s words to keep them afloat.
But adverse winds caused them to fear and cry out–
“Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?” were their words of doubt.
Jesus rebuked the wind and said to it, “Hush, be still!”
But it was faith He then emphasized and sought to instill.
And, likewise, today winds of adversity are familiar to us all,
but when fear rears its head, we must answer with faith’s call.
So make it your confession, “I’ve crossed over to the other side–
and it’s there, in victory, that I abide!”
P. A. Oltrogge
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 34:4 NKJV
“And, on that day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ And leaving the multitude, they took Him along with them, just as He was, in the boat; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea,’Hush, be still.’ And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, ‘Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they became very much afraid and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?’”
Mark 4:35-41 NASB
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:10-20 NKJV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Luke 10:19 NKJV
“And Peter, remembering, said to Him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered away.’ So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things which he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Mark 11:21-24 NKJV (and verse 25 reminds us to forgive)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6 NKJV
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