Light and darkness, the Kingdom of God and Satan’s chaotic realm, are totally antagonistic to each other. They are in total conflict with each other -and hell knows it has already lost the war! The darkness will ever be able to eliminate the light!
As ambassadors of Christ and His Kingdom, let us be filled with the light (If His Word – and with Jesus Christ, the Word incarnate, the Light of the world.
To Break – And Build
“Is not My word . . . like a hammerer that breaks the rock in pieces ?” (Jer. 23:29).
There is tremendous power in the Word of God. This power is not in cleverly devised words (2 Pet 2:16; 1 Thess. 1:5; 1 Cor. 1:17-25). “For the kingdom of God is not in word [the words of men) but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20). The power of the Word is the power of the One Who spoke it, and Who backs up every “jot and tittle” of it with His authority.
God describes His own word as a hammer. A hammer is used for two basic purposes: to break and to build. Let’s look at these two functions of the hammer of God’s Word.
To Shatter The Strongholds
God’s heart toward all mankind is always to save, to heal, to reconcile us to Himself. He draws us to Himself with “cords of love”.
But sometimes more harsh measure are called for when His reasonable and righteous commands are ignored or rejected. His written Word, just like the incarnate Word Jesus Christ, aggressively pursues, overcomes and conquers demonic strongholds. God sent His Son and His Word to destroy the works of darkness (1 John 3:8) – to shatter the strongholds!
Like a hammer the Word breaks through the…
Of Human Hearts
Many indeed have made their hearts a stronghold of the enemy. They harden their resistance to God’s Word of grace …and of warning.
King Manasseh hardened his heart – and became one of the most evil rulers of Judah. 2 Chronicles 33: 1-16 and 2 Kings 21 tell us he built temples to heathen idols, worshipped the stars of heaven and practiced witchcraft. Not only did he do this himself, but he “seduced Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Chron. 33:9).
The Lord warned Manasseh and the people about this behavior, but they would not listen (33:10). God sent His Word through His prophets, but they ignored the Word He sent. Therefore, God stirred up the Assyrian army to visit judgment upon Manasseh and Judah. The Assyrians conquered the land and put hooks in Manasseh’s nose, bound him with chains, and took him captive to Babylon.
God tried to deal with Manasseh through His Word, but Manasseh hardened his heart against God’s warnings. God then sent a stronger, more irresistible “word” in the form of Judgment carried out by a foreign invader. This was effective in getting Manasseh’s attention, for we read that Manasseh genuinely repented, and God received him back (2 Chron. 33:12-13)