Most times we want to have a victory without going through a battle but it doesn’t work that way. If you want a great victory, you need a great battle. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that whatever we go through is common to man. We do not have a special trial that no one else has ever gone through. That is the devil’s strategy to get us to think that we are the only one going through this trial, and that is a lie. There is always a way of escape for whatever we are going through. Every time we go through a trial we have the opportunity for victory, to glorify God, to develop patience, for blessing and for joy. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Joy is a choice.
Confession is speaking the Word of God into the situation. In the beginning God spoke “Light be and light was.” What you confess on a daily basis is what your life will be. If you speak confusion, you will have confusion. We are here to speak life and the Word of God. If you are speaking negative words they need to leave since they do not line up with the Word of God. The Word needs to be spoken first, then we will see the results. Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the whole armor of God. Putting on our armor is meditating on the Word of God.
Faith comes by hearing and sometimes we need to hear ourselves preach words of faith. Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart; that is the word of faith which we preach. In order for the word of faith to work for us we have to get it into our heart and it has to be on our lips. Sometimes we need to speak our faith. You can put God’s Word to work for you. How do we get the Word or the light into us? 1.) You need to go digging into the Word of God. Get the knowledge (2Peter 1:2&3). 2.) We need to take the knowledge from our head down to our heart.
Our tongue or the words we speak controls our life. James 3:2 says that we offend people but if we can control our tongue then we can control our whole body or being. Proverbs 18:21 also says that there is life or death in the power of the tongue. God spoke life or light when there was darkness. It is important for us to speak life. 3 John 4 says that God doesn’t have any greater joy than to see His children walk in truth, which means speak His words or life. It is time to bring more light to our businesses, families, relationships, marriages and the people around us.
Text: James 3:2 & Proverbs 18:21. What comes out of the mouth comes from the heart and has a root in the mind. What will come out of your mouth is what is in you. It is important that in pressure situations we only speak the Word of God. The only thing that is Truth is the Word of God, not other people’s opinions. Our tongue guides our body through space and affects our thought life. We need to love the principle in Proverbs 18:21. If we do not like where we are at in life we need to change our thinking. 1.) Negative thinking produces negative words which produce negative actions. 2.) The Word of God produces positive thinking which produces positive words which produces positive actions.
James 4:7. You need to submit to God first, then you will be able to resist the devil. You cannot resist the devil without being in submission to God. You cannot make someone submit to you. A person has to submit themselves. Submission is not when two people agree. Submission is when you do not agree with everything the person in authority does but you respect the place. If you disrespect the place of authority then you disrespect God. When God chooses that is all the qualification that you need.
James 4:6,7. Submit means to rank or arrange under. Submission comes before authority. Submission is not: 1.)easy – it involves suffering, not getting my way (1 Peter 2:13). 2.) agreement. 3.) weakness – meekness is not weakness. 4.) forced. Submission to God starts in children. Proverbs 23: 13, 14 ; Proverbs 22:15; Ephesians 6:4. Humility is knowing who you are in Christ. The more humble you become the more grace you will receive and the more grace you receive the more God will use you.
James 3:1-6. Our tongue is the wheel of our life. It is important that we are speaking the correct things so that God’s Word can work for us. If our words do not line up with the Word of God then we will have disaster. Mark 11:23 says that we are to speak unto our mountain. It doesn’t say to think it but to speak it. Sometimes we may have to change some of our programs and the way that we think so that we speak correctly according to the Word. It doesn’t matter what circumstance we are in, whether good or bad, we need to speak consistently and correctly.
There are four confessions that we as Christians need to use: 1.) The confession of salvation. 2.) The confession of forgiveness. 3.) The confession of the Word. 4.) The confession of rebuke. We are designed to rebuke things that come against us. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Isaiah 54:17 is a verse that we can quote when things come against us. Jesus rebuked the devil, a fever, the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and the fig tree. Jesus transferred the authority to us to rebuke sickness, lack or anything that comes against God’s will. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
In the beginning God gave Adam dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). When Adam and Eve sinned they turned there rights over to the devil. Jesus came to this earth to die and take back the earth from satan. When Jesus died He stripped satan of his authority over the earth. Luke 10:18,19 Jesus gave us dominion over the enemy. Ephesians 1:17-22 All things are under the feet of Jesus. We need to understand who we are and what we are and the authority we have in Jesus. Satan is like a roaring lion, he isn’t one but he likes to make people think that he is strong and mighty, but since God made us one with Jesus we have the power over him. When we walk in authority, we are walking in what God gave us.