Men, before we can encourage and lead our families in pursuing the promises of God found within His Word, we have to understand how to do this for ourselves.
How do I use The Word?
Week 2 – Replace Lies with Truth
In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul describes what is commonly known as the Armor of God. These are the elements God provides for use in spiritual warfare against our enemy, the devil. While the full Armor of God consists of six specific pieces, the Word of God – referred to by Paul as the “Sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17) – is the only offensive weapon mentioned. The book of Hebrews further refers to the Word of God as “living and active”, and “sharper than any double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God is clear about itself in this regard – the Scriptures are to be used offensively and in response to any spiritual attack.
Jesus Christ, as He does so many times in the Bible, provides the perfect example of how to wield the Sword of the Spirit. At the outset of His ministry Jesus is led into the wilderness where He experiences repeated tests and temptations from Satan.
After a forty day fast:
Satan: “If you are in the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus: “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
From the highest point of the temple in Jerusalem:
Satan: “If you are on the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus: “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
At the top of a very high mountain:
Satan: “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus: “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
In response to every temptation, lie, or promise from the enemy, Jesus responds with “It is written.” God desires the same for us; that every time the enemy whispers lies to us about who we are, what we’ve done, and what our future will be that we would call upon the Word of God to replace those lies with truth.
For it is written that we are “Sons of God” (Romans 8:14). It is written that “The Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:21-22). And it is written that God “knows the plans He has for you; plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
A dedication to studying the Word of God will allow us to use it as a major weapon against the lies of the enemy.
Think of your most common worry. What makes you anxious or fearful?
It is very likely that this constant worry is built on a lie from the enemy. Determine what the lie may be, then ask a man you trust to help guide you to a scripture verse that replaces that lie with truth.
Go to your journal and write the lie followed by the verse that replaces it with truth. Every time you feel this lie coming back into your thoughts, replace it with your verse of truth.