The other day I had the privilege of sharing at a woman’s group across the city. In my message, I tried to convey that the spoken Word of God has power to cut through the natural realm from the spiritual realm. If we declare His Word into our situations, the intrinsic power of God’s Word can change a situation where nothing else can.
Human confession is simply humanistic. That’s called the ‘power of positive thinking’. If we only believe in a natural environment, we don’t have the power to attract any law by the things we say. But biblical confession brings spiritual power to the natural order because we are declaring the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ in written form.
Why does the Word of God have power to transcend realms? (And is it cooky to believe in 'realms'?)
Genesis 1:1 (NLV)
In the beginning God made from nothing the heavens and the earth.
Hebrews 1:2 (ESV)
But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
1 John 1:1-2 (NLV)
Christ is the Word of Life. He was from the beginning. We have heard Him and have seen Him with our own eyes. We have looked at Him and put our hands on Him. 2 Christ Who is Life was shown to us. We saw Him. We tell you and preach about the Life that lasts forever. He was with the Father and He has come down to us.
Everything began with the Word. That is why Christians can acknowledge His Word is where power comes from to bring change – it started in the beginning from the spiritual realm that was there because God has always been there, and it transcends into the natural realm because God created it. That’s not so cooky, is it?
What goes on in our lives is being processed through that spiritual filter. What we do and say according to the Word has spiritual consequences which then effect our natural circumstances. The spiritual dimension orders the natural dimension.
Here is the lesson. The outcome of a situation is always determined by whose spiritual power you believe in and are functioning in. It's called "abiding". Where you abide is where you encounter the outcome of your experiences.
2 Corinthians 4:4
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
In Mark 5:35-43 is the story of Jairus, a synagogue leader whose daughter died and Jesus brought back to life. He told Jairus, “don’t be afraid. Just believe.” Jesus was the Word in human form and He had the power to speak life to death itself. When He healed that young girl, Jesus only took those who believed with him in to the house. He put everyone else outside. Why? Because of their unbelief. Do you think their natural unbelief could have affected the spiritual environment for Him to perform that miracle?
Just like Jesus did, we should understand, and function in, both natural and spiritual environments. But first, we need to acknowledge what spiritual environment we are functioning in.
The bible says even demons are subject to the Name of Jesus (Luke 10:17). He has the keys to life and death (Revelation 1:18). There is no greater name than the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9), and He who is in us is greater than He who is in the world (1 John 4:4). He has given His believers authority over the enemy (Matthew 10:1; Luke 10:19). At the time of creation God gave man the right to rule over every living thing in the natural environment (Genesis 1:26-28). Through Jesus Christ we rule in the spiritual environment (John 14:12).
Here’s an example of a recent experience I had that, for me, clarified this natural versus spiritual dichotomy.
I was pulling out of my parking space and turning into my lane in a crowded parking lot when another car started pulling up from the opposite direction. The lady driver’s face was already menacing as I looked at her and she began to yell at me. I was taken by surprise but immediately resolved not to receive her aggression. While I tried to ignore her and straighten my car into an increasingly tight lane (she kept driving toward me), I explained to my son who was with me, if I received what she was saying, I would start retaliating and I saw this as much as an attack from Satan as it was a test before God.
As I pulled passed her, missing her car by a few inches as well as the car parked on the other side of me, I found myself waving and smiling and saying, “God bless you! God bless you! God bless you!” in between her continuing vitriol.
It was the only form of defence I could come up with! I will admit the first time I said it there may have been a smidgeon of sarcasm, but then all I could see was the humour in the situation! I don’t know how my response came across to her (!) but it was clear to me that we were clashing from two opposing spiritual dispositions.
I didn’t provoke that situation but I was being provoked and I had to overcome in the Spirit. I believe a demonic element in her recognised the light of Christ in me and rose against me.
Colossians 2:8 (ESV)
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
I wasn’t going to let my mind be taken captive by her assault. Did I have immediate victory? Yes, I did! But to keep the victory, for the rest of the afternoon whenever that experience jumped back into my mind I had to assault it with scripture because the devil was trying assault me and my emotions.
I had to believe and speak out loud, “according to Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against me will succeed; And every tongue that rises against me in judgment I will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, [and I am a servant of the Lord] And this is my vindication from Jesus,” says the LORD.” (AMP).
At the same time, I had to be clear not to use that scripture to manipulate in the spirit by judging or condemning her personally, which is a form of witchcraft. Matthew 7:2 reminded me, I’ll be judged as I judge.
I declared Ephesians 6:12, “I do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (ESV)
Even though situations like that seem wacky in the natural, we need to recognise they are being spiritually influenced.
Proverbs 15:4 (NLV) A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but a sinful tongue crushes the spirit.
Spiritual forces of evil are ready to snatch our moments of victory from us, demoralise, steal relationships and sludge us in conversation. That event would have been crushing to me previously because I would have received it in the natural without understanding any spiritual reality. But the words of life brought from the Spirit of God through His Word, gave me life and victory over that event. Prayer and declaration based on the Word of God brings life.
I pray you take courage in your life circumstances. Understand as we believe in the power of Jesus Christ in us, we repent of sin and keep ourselves pure, we are equipped to conquer. Every day may have its battles. But every day, Christ is there, giving us the victory if we reach out for it with boldness and do not become dis-couraged.
God bless you! And may the peace that passes understanding guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.