The Lord has equipped us with powerful, effective weaponry through His word. We wield our sword and hack each temptation to bits! Hebrews 4:12. His word is living and powerful. It pierces into then splits, divides, and discerns between our fleshly and spiritual thoughts. It reveals the very innermost parts of our heart.
Ephesians 6:17 says, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” That’s not the whole Bible, but one Scripture wielded against the enemy. Matthew 4:4 says, “…man shall…live…by…every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” A Rhema word brings light and life through a moment of His revealing its truth to our heart. It comes to empower and encourage us in our walk with Him.
1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural (fleshly) man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God…nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Walking in the Spirit means that we are attentive, watchful, listening, sensitive, discerning, submitted. Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Anatomy of a temptation: first it is a thought. If we don’t cut it off with our sword, it will germinate in our minds. We think about it until it becomes an impetus to sin. All sin is first a thought. James 1:14-15 says that the thought becomes a desire that conceives and births. Verse 16 says, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”
Hebrews 5:14 says that when we eat the strong meat of His word, our senses will be exercised to discern between good and evil. A temptation begins with a thought. We hack that thought to bits through His Rhema word. As you read His word daily, He will highlight verses for you to put in your Rhema weaponry: verses that will help you stand and resist every temptation to sin.