I got a piece of information that was about turning the day upside down. As I ruminated on that piece of information, different thoughts began to go through my mind. I was really trying my best to be strong but it was really getting harder by the minute.

I opened my mouth and I began to speak out these words: Devil, I rebuke you. You have no place in this affair. Your siege on my mind is broken now. I am giving the glory to the Lord because I know it all works together for my good. I give you no space at all.

I opened my mouth in thanksgiving. Suddenly, joy began to fill my heart until it got to an overflow. I began to rejoice. It was joy unexplainable. I knew it was warfare and I must win in the realm of words.

Words are so powerful. Jesus, the Word of God, himself had to speak to defeat the devil. Even the Word of God win by speaking words:

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Revelation 19:13‭, ‬15 KJV

When the Word is spoken, the Sword of the Spirit is activated. Never keep quiet when the devil is trying to toy with your mind.

The devil sows seeds of thoughts and at times he uses words. You will get into troubled waters if you allow him to have the final say.

In the Garden of Eden where the first man fell to the serpent, the last words before Eve took action was spoken by the serpent. They allowed the serpent to have the final say (Gen. 3:1-6).

In the Temptation of Jesus, the devil showed up to tempt Jesus with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and in the Garden of Gethsemane he showed up to suggest to Jesus that he could refrain from doing the will of the Father because it was a painful process. In both instances, Jesus spoke last.

If you take the thoughts of the devil and you begin to turn it over on your heart, it will overturn things in your life by sowing his seeds. Once the devil succeeds in sowing his seeds, he will return to pick his harvest.

Why do you have to speak? The devil is not all-knowing- he cannot read your mind. If you are still countering his suggestions with thoughts, the suggestions will persist but the moment you speak, it loses its grip on you.

You walk in godliness and defeat lust by speaking. It trains you to “say”:

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
Titus 2:11‭-‬12 NIV

So when you are alone and the devil begins to say, “You can masturbate, enjoy yourself. No one will know”. Do not keep quiet, scream “NO. I rebuke you now in Jesus’ name”. Walkout on the devil.

When he tells you, “Can you see that no one loves you. You are not special”. Talkback and tell him, “I am accepted in Christ and I am favoured by God and man”.

Speaking neutralises the enemy. Speak! Do not stop talking. The battle of the spirit is a battle of words. Do not let the enemy have the final say.

temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa

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