KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:17b “…. and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The word of God exhorts us to use the sword of the Spirit as an offensive weapon against the enemy. The question is how do we effectively do this?
We must speak the word against the devil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in the word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Speaking the word in His name is not a full stop to our prayer. It is also not a tradition. Using the name of the Lord when declaring the word of God against the devil was instructed by the Lord Himself John 14:13 “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the father may be glorified in the son”. He made a very important and a strong statement here “Whatsoever” you shall ask or demand in my name; I will do it. On this occasion He is not talking about prayer. It is a command demanding a change to be effected. The Lord said, in that instant He would do it. (Note; It is a prayer if you ask the Father in Jesus name John 16:23)
Making a demand in the name of the Lord is just like the Lord Himself calling for that change to be effected.
Every child of God must study the word of God to rightly apply it in the time of need. One area that the devil will seek to attack the child of God is his mind. It is one of the prime areas of satanic attacks. The enemy may introduce images to create fear, something to get you worried, an evil thought, sinful thoughts or any thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. You must get the right scriptures to refute it and then command that devil to leave you in the name of Jesus. The scripture in 2nd Corinthians 10:4&5 says “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty, through God, to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down every high thing or imagination that exalts itself above the knowledge of God”.
Whenever you speak the word of God against a wrong thought, the word displaces that evil word introduced into your mind by the enemy. You then command him to depart from you in the name of the Lord.
Whenever the enemy raises any attack against you, declare to him whatever God has said concerning that situation in the name of the Lord. When you do so, know that the Lord Himself comes to act on that word according to His own promise. (John 14:14) keep resisting till he leaves you.
I speak forth the word of God in the name of the Lord Jesus. As I do this miracles are wrought in His name. Situations bow because the Lord Himself comes to act on those words.
John 14:14” If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”.
Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.”