Some time ago, I wrote a post about the armor of God. I wrote about the importance of applying the armor and the blood of Jesus daily – for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
And so, we’ve got to stay strapped.
Now, here’s another little nugget for you to add to your armor-bearing – the Holy Spirit recently highlighted this text for me as I read through 1 Timothy. The 18th verse of the first chapter reads:
“This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare…”
What prophesies have been made about you? What has God spoken over your life?
Wage the good warfare by them!
How do you do that, you ask? Here – I’ll give you an example.
On December 31st, 2018, my roommate Sasha and I attended the dReam Center Church of Atlanta’s New Years Eve service, where we heard a powerful word from none other than the bold, the beautiful, Reverend William Murphy.
The title of his topic was “Like it Never Even Happened”.
While I truthfully cannot recall what Scripture was spoken over us, I’ll never forget the word from the Lord. The Lord spoke through his servant that night, directly to me. He said that if I was willing to walk in obedience, the Lord would make it like it never even happened.
What is “it”? It is the struggle. My struggle. I know what “it” is; God knows what “it” is too.
He said that I had been an exile in a foreign land – that the fight I was fighting was never meant to be mine. And that if I had the faith to believe it, I could walk into 2019 and drop the struggle as if it never was mine. He said that in 2019, the Lord will reverse the effects of rejection – and that in the best possible way, He will wash my brain, that I may walk in true freedom, free from flashbacks of sin.
How do I have this memorized, you ask? Because I recite it over myself every day!
Every morning, as I apply the helmet of salvation, I wage the good warfare by the prophesy spoken over me on New Years Eve. I decree and declare that the Lord is washing my brain by the power of the Holy Spirit – that He is renewing my mind in such a way that enables me to continue to walk in this newfound freedom. I verbally pronounce my position as one no longer an exile walking in a foreign land, but as a powerful daughter of God walking in my inheritance.
And it works.
Don’t believe me? Try it!
Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of a time when something significant was spoken over your life. The Spirit of God may have spoken to you through one of His servants, or through His word, or through His creation. Once He shows you, verbally pronounce it over yourself as you apply the armor of God.
He may have revealed something promising to you about your future – weave that promise into the shield of faith!
He may have spoken to you through His word – wield that truth with the sword of the Spirit!
However He did, and whatever words of love He said, I encourage you to wage the good warfare by His truth. For since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak.
Then sit back…and watch God’s power infuse your days.