My most interesting revelation as we've gone through the 2nd Let There Be Challenge has been appreciating the undeniable power of the Word of God.
From Ephesians 6:17, the Word of God is listed as the sword of the spirit. It's fascinating to me that all other pieces of God's armour are meant to protect us, but the Word of God is our offensive weapon.
Is My Word not like a fire? Saith the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaketh the rock to pieces?’ (Jeremiah 23:29)
'My Word' is the Hebrew word dabar, symbolizing God's speech, saying, matter, acts, advice, answer, commandments, counsel, decree, promise, provision, purpose, report or thought.
'As a fire'- es- signifies a supernatural fire, altar fire, God’s anger burning, fiery and flaming hot.
'Like a hammer' can be something that pounds or a gavel, which represents justice or a decree.
'That breaketh in pieces' means to scatter or disperse while the rock signifies a fortress or stronghold.
The Lord's promises, decrees, counsel, purposes, reports and thoughts are likened to a supernatural fire, a hammer that pounds and a gavel that scatters, disperses and breaks to pieces strongholds and fortresses.
In the natural world, a hammer in human hands can only chip away at a rock. But God's Word- His decrees, promises, counsel, thoughts and reports- are so supernaturally charged that they easily destroy strongholds that have set themselves up as rocks- protected, fortified, threatening, menacing and secure.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7b). We resist the enemy by speaking the Word of the Lord - not by tears and emotions. Jesus, in Matthew 4:1-11 countered every argument of the devil by quoting what was written.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). God has already made the decrees through His Word in the Bible, which we know He watches over to perform. Our work is to partner with Him by declaring what He has already decreed through His Word.
As we wind down the challenge, going forward, may we always remember that the Word of God remains our weapon of attack.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4 & 5)