How does God operate on earth? Through you! How does Satan operate in this planet? Through you! Reality check time. A true test of your spirituality is found in Hebrews.
13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14
You say, “Well, I am afraid of evil.” Shame on you. “Well, I don’t want to think about evil.” Shame on you. Do you know what the word says about your God? It says light and darkness are the same to Him. Psalm 139:12 Have you ever read that light and darkness are the same to Him? What does it mean light and darkness are the same to Him? Your God is not intimidated by darkness. In fact David said, “Even in hell, there He is.” Psalm 139:8
Did Jesus go to hell? Sure! He preached to the disobedient spirits in the days of Noah. In 1 Peter 3:19-20 He spoiled principalities and powers. In Colossians, Jesus “…spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Did Jesus go into hell? Let me tell you something. Sometimes it is time for us to take a walk into the hell of our life, and stop pretending it is not there.
Let’s just dress up in our armor. Take the helmet of salvation, our loins girt about with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the sword of the Spirit. What is the sword of the Spirit? The word of God. You know how Jesus defeated Satan? “For it is written.”
I want to tell you the churches today are quoting “For it is written,” but they have not been obedient to the word they are trying to quote. They are unsanctified saints trying to do works of sanctification. Remember what Corinthians says. [tweet_dis]“Having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, after your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:6.[/tweet_dis] Listen carefully to me, your power over the enemy is no greater than your obedience to the word of God. The churches today are trying to do so many spiritual warfare programs, but in their lives they are not obedient to God’s word.
“Pastor how do you know that?” In Deuteronomy 28, under curses there is a long list of diseases. All those diseases are there because of separation from God and His word. That is what it says. If I find a beautiful saint and I find a disease, I know they are separated from God and His word. They are trying to do spiritual warfare but they do not have the power. God is not going to honor just the Word. He is going to honor your obedience to the Word and in that, He honors you and it at the same time. Do you understand what I am saying?
I have on my shelves book after book about new age, false religion, cults, and all kinds of stuff, and every one of them quote Scripture at some level. Do not be nervous and jerky because Satan quoted the word right up front to Eve. He quoted it right up front to Jesus. If he quoted it to Eve wrong, and he quoted it to Jesus wrong, what do you think your state is? Do you think you are immune to the evil one coming through his kingdom and lying to you? Not at all.
Dr. Henry Wright