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Monday, November 26, 2018, 05:16 PM

Battle Tactic #5: Respond to “attacks” by declaring scriptures

When Jesus walked the earth, he was modeling how we are to be here as well. When he was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus responded with “it is written,” using the Word of God (what’s in the Bible) to defend against the attacks. We can do the same. (Click on the titel to read the full post.)

Battle Tactic #5: Respond to “attacks” by declaring scriptures

When Jesus walked the earth, he was modeling how we are to be here as well. When he was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus responded with “it is written,” using the Word of God (what’s in the Bible) to defend against the attacks.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are 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 answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:1-11)

In the same way, one of the ways we fight for our marriage (and other areas of our life) is to declare scripture verses that relate to the situation. For example, if I’m feeling fear, I can declare 2 Timothy 1:7. I will not bow to fear, because God’s Word says (or “it is written”) that “I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

If I’m feeling anxious, I can declare Philippians 4:6. I will not be anxious, for God’s word says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Then, pray, give thanks to God, and the anxiety will decrease or go away. Persist until it does.

If I’m worried, I can declare Matthew 6:31-34. I don’t need to worry because God’s Word says “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Then, turn your thoughts towards God (seeking Him), letting Him know that you trust Him to handle the situation. Persist and the worry will dissipate.

 

 

Note: Scripture verses are from the New International Version, unless otherwise indicated.


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