Dennis Burke | January 23, 2022
The words that we speak carry authority. That’s why guest minister Dennis Burke took the time to remind us this past weekend about our God-given authority in Christ. You see, every word that God speaks is infused with power. He has shared His power with us, so inside every spoken word is the power to bring itself to pass. Now, the enemy will work to pervert this understanding and keep you from speaking truth and avoiding God’s Word—so don’t do him any favors. Put the Word of God in your mouth and know that all things are possible with God!
You are who God says you are. That is true regardless of what thoughts the enemy has been feeding into your mind. God has given you authority to tread on the kingdom of darkness, but that authority will not be without opposition. You see, we are a battlefield for who will win the war between light and darkness, and our mind is the battleground.
When you have thoughts that you are inadequate, don’t listen to them. God created you specifically to fulfill the plan He has for you. The kingdom of darkness will tremble at your word when you speak God’s Word. That means you need to tell the kingdom of darkness that it has already lost. Speak it out. You may be shaking when you tell them you’re part of God’s unshakeable kingdom because the circumstances look uncertain, but those spoken words have the authority to keep you unshakeable.
The enemy doesn’t stand a chance against the kingdom of light, but he will always try to get a foothold. That’s why Jesus was tempted in the wilderness after He had been baptized. He had just heard a clear word from heaven that He was God’s beloved Son. The enemy wanted to tempt him to move away from those words and follow a different kingdom.
We live by the spoken Word of God. That’s where our authority is: God and His Word. You don’t have to feel like you have authority. You have authority, and you use it when you speak truths from God’s Word. Our faith overcomes the world, and Satan is no match for the things of God, so don’t give up. Let God’s Word flow from you with power! God will provide you with new mindsets that match His as you do.
Luke 1:37 Amp.
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.
Luke 3:21–22 KJV
Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luke 4:1–13 KJV
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
Proverbs 4:20–23 TPT
Listen carefully, my dear child, to everything that I teach you,
and pay attention to all that I have to say.
Fill your thoughts with my words
until they penetrate deep into your spirit.
Then, as you unwrap my words,
they will impart true life and radiant health
into the very core of your being.
So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.
1. Why do our words matter?
2. Do you feel like you have authority?
3. What part do our feelings play in this battle against evil?
4. If Jesus was tempted, will we be tempted?
5. What is our weapon against the enemies’ temptations?