The greatest strength in my life, is the Bible, God’s Word! I will never forget one certain morning when I was praying and speaking scriptures over myself. I was following Jesus’ example and saying…”It is written..” (Matt. 4:4). As I was speaking, I heard the still small voice of the Holy Spirit inside me say…”It is written because it was first spoken.” That lit a fire in me! I said…”That’s right, these are not just words on paper, this is the spoken word (Rhema) from God’s mouth, recorded for me to read, speak, & believe! I began to speak His Word over myself with such passion, knowing, this is what God has spoken about me and according to Psalm 119:89 – “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.”
That is the basis for which I will share the following scriptures with you – because God’s Word is forever settled in heaven, it can change things on this temporal earth. As the 13th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001 approaches, I have felt an urgent need to speak His Word over myself, my family and my church family all the more! I’m not saying that there will be an attack on 9/11/14, but I know our enemy’s plans & desires for America have not changed. It has been predicted by “true” prophets of God, that there will be more attacks. Even more reason, to be prepared “daily”, by speaking God’s Word of protection over ourselves. Every child of God has the right, because He has made us righteous, to speak what God’s Word (which is His Will) says concerning protection, over our lives!
If you haven’t made Jesus your Savior & Lord, you can change that right now! 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT) says… “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow…” Repent of your sin, turn away from it and turn to Jesus and receive salvation (Acts 3:19). We then work “out” our salvation (Phil.2:12), practicing righteousness or right living (1 John 3:7), and we stay faithful to Jesus to the end. Jesus said, in Matt. 24:13…”..he who endures to the end will be saved.”
Now that was a whole other message…but, the most important! If you receive Jesus from reading this, please let me know. I want to celebrate with you and help you get started on your glorious walk with God. Jesus will be your best friend. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). You can now start confessing God’s Word over your life and expect good things to happen. One of my favorite passages of scripture (that I speak regularly) is, Isaiah 55:10 & 11 (Amp.) – “For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” You can know that what you are speaking will produce and will prosper!
I always follow that passage with, Isaiah 54:14-17 (Amp.)
“You shall establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God’s will and order): you shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you. Behold, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for it’s purpose; and I have created the devastator to destroy. But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.”
Hallelujah!!! God’s Word will prosper, but the weapons formed against us, will not prosper! That’s somethin’ to shout about! I then declare, the “Granddaddy of them all” (so to speak) of protection scriptures, and that’s Psalm 91. I will give you the Amplified version, with some of the definitions put in, by me (how I confess it). It doesn’t change the meaning, it just amps it up a little, and makes it easier to understand.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge (shelter from danger) and my Fortress (fortified city around me), my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence (plagues: malignant and contagious or infectious epidemic diseases which are deadly and devastating – Luke 21:11). [Then] He will cover you with His pinions (feathers), and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent (dwelling). For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love and kindness — trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.”
I would say that covers it all!! No need to fear!! Chemical warfare, biological warfare, whatever the weapon may be, He gave us a way (a Word) to defeat it! I will leave you with these 8 things to help you live victoriously in the “last days”, as taught by my Spiritual Mom, Vickie Barclay. 1) Stay in the Ark (the church is the Ark for the “last days” believer). 2) Stay in the Word (read it, speak it, study it). 3) Stay in prayer (individually & corporate prayer). 4) Stay with your Pastor (Jer. 3:15). 5) Stay steady (don’t be moved by what you see). 6) Watch your mouth (what are you saying about yourself and others). 7) Watch your attitude (stay humble and teachable). 8) Watch who you are listening to (whoever has your ear, has your life in their hand). 9) Watch what you are watching (keep sin & fear out)!
Until next time, may the Lord keep you and guard you from all harm!
Your Sister in Christ – Kathy Jo