Our faith must be strengthened regularly by reading the word, praying the word, obeying the word, and putting on the whole armor of God.
We should take time to strengthen our faith every day. When we stand firm in our faith, we will speak to our situation and it will listen. We will speak healing into our bodies and declare, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! Sickness, you cannot live here! The Bible says that “by His stripes, I am healed” (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV) You may feel like you’ve been working hard but you’re not yielding the fruit you want to see, declare Job 8:7 “Though thy beginning was small yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” If you’re in need of something and you require need help in certain aspects of your life declare Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Continue declaring the word of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:11-16 tells us everything we need to do in order to stand against the enemy.
It tells us how to stand firm in our faith in order to withstand the devil; How? By putting on the whole armor of God. It’s only when we put on the full armor of God, and root ourselves in the word of God, that we’ll defeat the enemy in our lives, and in the lives of our friends and family.
What would happen if one day you were standing firm, rooted in the word of God, and the next day you were out? Then you’re back in the word of God and a few days later you’re out. Let’s think about the second tree again. What do you think would happen if one day the tree was planted in the soil, and the next day it was uprooted? Imagine if this was done every day or every few days. Would this tree be properly rooted?
No. Instead of the tree remaining rooted in the soil, so that it can go deeper every day, that tree would remain barely under the surface.
Because it’s constantly being uprooted and planted back in, it would not be able to firmly stand against the wind. The tree was created to be ready for storms at all times, but because it was going in and out, it wasn’t strong enough when the storm came. Therefore, the storm had control over the tree when it came, even though it was supposed to be the other way around. Because the tree was not standing firmly rooted in the ground, the storm caught it off guard and carried it away.
In our lives, if we come to church on Sunday, our faith gets lifted from the message and we leave standing firm in the word, but on Monday we’re back to not being rooted in the word we end up going about the next two days uprooted until the next church service. What ends up happening in those two days (Mon - Thurs) that we don’t realize, is that by going back and forth from being rooted in the word to uprooting ourselves, we’re giving room to the enemy and we will not be able to withstand is plans.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (MSG)
“After all, we don’t want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief—we’re not oblivious to his sly ways!”
(NJKV) lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Ephesians 4:27 “Neither give place to the devil.”
The enemy will use any chance he has to get to us. When he realizes that we’re not standing firm and rooted in the word of God he’ll use that as an opportunity. The enemy is constantly fighting, which means we need to fight back harder.