March 23

Strong in Faith Giving Glory to God

When it comes to faith, being strong is not an option. If the devil can keep someone weak in their faith, they will never have a chance at inheriting all that God has promised them. Staying strong in faith is imperative to winning the war of words. Being strong in faith also glorifies God.

The devil’s tactic is to defeat most Christians by keeping them weak and getting them to disobey God’s words and sin. Then, when they sin, the devil beats their conscience down. Finally, once he weakens their conscience, they are too weak to speak any victory. They start making weak confessions, and their mouth speaks out their doom.   Or, someone sins against them, and they don’t forgive that person. It is this un-forgiveness of others that also causes them to be weak.

The Bible says that the devil weakened the nations, but he will be cut down to the ground. The devil wants to weaken everyone.

Isaiah 14:12 (KJV)

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

The devil may want to weaken the nations, but we are not ignorant of his devices.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (KJV)

10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

The devil loves to accuse God’s people of their mistakes and wage a war of words in the heavenliness against them. This is how he gains an advantage on people. But you can overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony. So your words have to defeat the devil’s words through the applied blood of Jesus.

Revelation 12:10-11 (KJV)

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

When Jesus died for our sins, He gave us a right to repent and get right with God. All we have to do is believe in our heart, God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess that Jesus is Lord. Your first words of confession get you saved and defeat the devil. The word testimony means what someone witnesses or states concerning a person or thing. It is also a declaration of one who speaks with authority. So we can see that the word of our testimony defeats the devil’s words. The battle of the war of words is a war with your testimony is waged in the heaven lies. You have a right to dominate the devil’s words because of the blood of Jesus.

The devil wants to hide this truth from the people of God and thus keep them weak. He loads them with every thought of defeat so they won’t speak any victory and stay weak. The battle of the war of words starts in the mind. If the devil can control someone’s mind and what they think, he can control what they say. This is true because a man speaks out of the abundance of their heart. So, to gain the victory, we have to start by bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Once your eyes are opened to where this war of words starts, you can defeat the enemy. But you have to be strong to defeat the devil. The devil is strong, but through Christ, we are stronger. Let’s look what Jesus had to say about defeating a strong man.

Matthew 12:28-29 (KJV)

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Luke 11:20-22 (KJV)

20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

You cannot defeat the devil if you are weak. You have to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might to defeat the devil. You also cannot fight the devil alone; you will need God’s help. God’s Holy Spirit has to be with you. With all of this in mind, let’s dig into the scriptures about being strong in the Lord.

When someone is weak, it is guaranteed that they are speaking weakness. Being strong in the Lord and winning the war starts with a confession of strength. First, someone has to proclaim they are strong to be strong. When you make a confession of strength, the strength of God will begin to fill you and prepare you for war. According to God’s word, proclaim you are strong, and you will be strong.

Joel 3:9-10 (KJV)

Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

One of the best confessions about being strong in the Lord is found in Ephesians 6:10.

Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Speak these words out loud: “I confess over myself that I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” When someone confesses this over and over again, the strength of God will fill their soul and prepare them for battle. Let’s look at what the following verses have to say.

Ephesians 6:11-18 (KJV)

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Some teachers have said this armor is likened to the Roman army’s armor during Paul’s day. I, however, don’t agree with this. I do not want to face the devil and think I have any chance of winning a war against the devil wearing Roman armor.   God does not wear Roman armor. He is clothed in heavenly armor, and it is glorious. This is known as the armor of God found in the Old Testament, in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 59:16-18 (KJV)

16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. 17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. 18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

 The armor of God is glorious and shines like a light.

Romans 13:12 (KJV)

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

The Bible also says that God’s sword glitters.

Deuteronomy 32:39-41 (KJV)

39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

Never face the devil in human armor and a human sword because you are in a spiritual fight. I also want to denote that the powerful armor of God takes strength to carry it. You can’t lift or wear God’s heavenly armor if you are weak. This is why in Ephesians 6, the first passage starts with being strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Some people may not know this, but being strong is commanded by God. This means you have a choice to be strong or not. For example, God commanded Joshua to be strong. If it weren’t a choice, He would not have commanded him to do be strong. So, when you are in a war of words and feel weak, force yourself to be strong and not give in to fear by confessing you are strong.

Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

The Bible has a lot to say about being strong. Let’s look at some of the people God commanded to be strong in the Bible.

Moses commanded Joshua to be strong before being with the Lord.

Deuteronomy 31:7 (KJV)

7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

David commanded his son Solomon to be strong.

1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV)

20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

One of the most physically strong men to walk this planet was Samson. Samson had a human strength that could not be matched; He singlehandedly defeated over 3,000 Philistines with a donkey’s jaw bone. Samson carried away a whole gate of a city, pulled up trees by the roots, and even killed a lion with his bare hands. Samson was given this great strength as an anointing by God, but he had to keep the Nazarite vow his whole life. It meant that there were things he had to do and not do to keep his anointing of strength. I am not going to get into all of the vows of the Nazarite, but one of those commands was to not cut his hair.

Samson ended up violating the vow of Nazarite by allowing himself to get in a position where a Philistine whore, named Delilah cut his hair. The Philistines wanted to know the secret of Samson’s strength, so they recruited Delilah with money if she could find out the secret to his strength and weaken him. At first, Samson didn’t tell her his secret to his strength, but she wore him out with her words. Finally, after being worn down by Delilah’s words, he told her his secret. The strongest man to ever live was defeated and worn out by the words of a woman. 

Judges 16:16-17 (KJV)

16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

The Bible warns us not to give our strength to women.

Proverbs 31:3 (KJV)

3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Samson gave his strength to Delilah. After she cut off his hair and made him weak, the Philistines cut out his eyes and enslaved him. This story is a great example of what not to do. Samson should never have even been around Delilah. Never give your strength away to anyone. To live this life of faith, you have to be strong and stay strong.

The Bible also says that if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Tough times may come, but if you will stay faithful to God and confess you are strong, you will be strong and win the war of words.

Proverbs 24:10 (KJV)

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

I added being strong in faith as one of the Laws of Faith because you cannot defeat the devil without strength. A weaker person cannot defeat a stronger person. A person of less authority cannot beat a person of greater authority. To defeat the devil and his words, you have to be stronger than him. God has destined for his people to be strong. God has not called you to be weak or have a weak confession. You are called to be spiritually strong.

Abraham, our great father of faith was strong and inherited God’s promise. He wasn’t weak in his faith and is a great example of being strong in faith and giving glory to God.

Romans 4:16-21 (KJV)

16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Jesus told Peter that the devil wanted to sift him like wheat, but when he was converted, to strengthen his brethren. We are called to strengthen each other. You can give strength to someone by what you say to them. Your words have the power to impart strength.

Luke 22:31-32 (KJV)

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Now, I want to give you a few secrets to help you get and stay strong in the Lord.

Jesus was strengthened by an angel when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. So likewise, when you spend time in prayer, God can strengthen you.

Luke 22:43-44 (KJV)

43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

God will strengthen you while you pray and wait on him.

Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The joy of the Lord also keeps you strong. There is a joy that comes from God that defies all reason and logic and can keep you joyous in the middle of your greatest war of words.

Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)

10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Keeping the commands of God will also keep you strong.

Deuteronomy 11:8 (KJV)

8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

Keeping a clean conscience by not condemning yourself in your actions is another way of staying strong. Never violate your conscience. This is how you protect your faith and your strength.

1 Corinthians 8:12 (KJV)

12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

Romans 14:21-23 (KJV)

21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

You can also stay strong in the Lord by keeping the words of God abiding in you. You can do this by feeding on the word of God daily.

1 John 2:14 (KJV)

14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

As mentioned before, you can stay strong by confessing you are strong, even if you feel weak.

Joel 3:10 (KV)

10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Praying in the Spirit is another way to stay strong in the Lord.

Jude 1:20 (KJV)

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

These are some powerful ways you can keep yourself strong. Remember, the devil wants to weaken you so you won’t have any power with your words. It takes strength and courage to live this Christian walk and win the war of words. If you learn to stay strong and live strong, you will win every battle. God has not called you to be defeated. We have many examples in the Bible of men and women of God who stayed strong and defeated their enemies.

In the final age of humanity, the people who know God will be strong and will do exploits.

Daniel 11:32 (KJV)

32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

You are called to be strong in the inner man. It is this inner strength from Christ that you war and fight the good fight of faith.

Ephesians 3:16 (KJV)

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

To conclude this chapter, a Christian must stay strong in the Lord to defeat the devil and win the war of words. If you confess you are strong, even if you feel weak, the strength of God will fill your inner soul. Once the strength of God fills your soul, you will win the war of words. Your confession of strength is what makes the difference between winning or losing the war of words. So, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might!


Faith, Strong In Faith, Vince Baker Ministries

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