DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
There were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes. Before they left, their mother told them ” Whatever you do, do it to the best that you can because that’s the way to get along in the world. The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house. The third one built his house out of bricks. When the big bad wolf came, he huffed and puffed and blew down the house of straw and the house of sticks and ate both pigs. When he huffed and puffed he could not blow down the house of bricks. It was too strong for him.
The Word of God speaks to us about the importance of building our lives on a firm foundation, out of solid Rock, so that when the enemy comes huffing and puffing, his efforts will be futile and he will be cast out. But if we are to be like the first two pigs, shallow and looking for the quickest and easiest way out, we will be devoured.
We read in Matthew 7:24-27 about the wise and foolish builders. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
God is calling us to be both hearers and doers of His Word, to practice His Word from day to day. If we are to grow from strength to strength, if we are to mature and if we are to grow in wisdom, we must feed on the Word on God and meditate on it day and night. You eat our food three times a day to develop, but yet, you expect to feed on God’s Word once a week, that is on a Sunday morning, and then you wonder why you are not growing spiritually? Why you are lacking in God’s blessings? And why your prayers are not answered? The answer is because you are starved for Spiritual food.
Many times the answers to our prayers are found in the Word of God. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. When the devil comes to us with his lies, we must be able to stand and proclaim the Word of God to him, we must have a knowledge of the Bible and use that Word against him.
We have seen when Satan tempted Jesus in the Wilderness, Jesus stood on the Word of God and said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Stephen was full of the knowledge of God and so was Peter. When Peter addressed the crowd in Acts Chapter 2, they were cut to the heart and some 3 000 souls were saved.
Our battle in life is not against flesh and blood, but against the power of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. We cannot fight the devil with sticks and stones, we have to put on the breast plate of righteousness, which is the Word of God and the shield of faith to overcome the enemy every time, because he is the father of all lies.
If you allow yourselves to become so shallow and empty, by not praying daily, not reading the Word of God daily and not meditating daily, you will be knocked down and defeated at every dart the devil throws at you. You will become bound, you will give the devil a stronghold over your mind, you will become mentally messed up, emotionally weak and spiritually lost.
I have learned this proverb very well, “Empty vessels make the most noise.” And I have proven it to be true. Have you ever noticed who are the ones that make a fuss about everything? Have you ever noticed who are the ones that criticize everything? Have you ever noticed who are the ones that make the most noise? Yes, I have noticed, they are the ones with little or no knowledge about anything.
The Word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Until the Lord returns, we must devote ourselves to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and to teaching. If we abide in Christ and His words abide in us, we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be done for us. Let us add to our faith virtue and virtue with knowledge.
Let us get back to reading the Word of God and stop making weak decisions. Do not be like the two little pigs by settling for mediocrity, do not build your life on emptiness, but become wise in the ways of the Lord by putting on the breast plate of righteousness.
Jesus wants to set you free from bondage and every stronghold of the enemy if you should only seek Him now. His Word is forever true and alive. The grass may wither and the flowers may fall, but the Word of our God stands forever. God honors His Word, if He says He will do something for you, He will do it. Trust in Jesus today and He will direct your path. Amen