We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. Our war is not with people. It involves people. We do not fight with the devil. Yahshua defeated the devil on the cross at Calvary. The only New Testament fight that we are told to fight is in I Tim 6:12 "Fight the good fight of faith...."
Spiritual warfare is done in the mind. It's an ongoing spiritual attack with dead demonic spirits. Spiritual warfare is taking authority over thoughts that are not consistent with the authority of God's Word. So the battle is a word battle. A word is a silent thought. Once you speak the thought, it becomes a word with creative power. Matthew 12:34-37 declares, "34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you,That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified,and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Let's explore the process.
A word is a silent thought. Once you take a thought (accept it), you will say it. In Matthew 6:31, Jesus said, "Take no thought saying..." We must be careful and watch, monitor our words. We have been given authority in our mouth, and we cannot say things and say 'I was just playing or joking'. Eph. 4:29 declares, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth." The Amplified Versions reads, "let no file or polluting language, nor evil word, nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion that it may be a blessing and give grace (the Father's favor) to those who hear it."
Satan wants to plant (sow) some seeds (words) in your garden (the heart) to produce his will and have expressions in your life. Without a seed planted, there can be no harvest. He knows this. "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside."Matt 13:19
The words of your mouth begins with thinking.
A thought is a silent word. Once spoken, the word has created ability. A word produces other thoughts that produce emotions. Emotions produce decisions. Decisions produce actions, behaviors, and attitudes that will ultimately create your character and destiny.
To control your mouth, you must control you mind (thought life). Right and wrong thinking is the basis for controlling your words. "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.."(Prov 23:7) The Bible means exactly that. You cannot rise above your level of confessions or thought life. Proverbs 23:7 is a spiritual principle. The basic difference between a spiritual principle and a man-made law is, what God says and sets forth cannot be broken. The spiritual principle or law of sowing and reaping can never be broken.
(to be continued)