Satan tried the same strategy in tempting Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11. Here again the devil implied doubt about what God has said: “If you are the Son (If God …… Satan said this right after the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3), when God had already declared in an audible voice, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17).
But Jesus, knowing the power of God’s Word, used it with authority to both defend Himself from the devil’s temptation and counter-attack his treacherous lies.
Hebrews 4:12 shows us another way in which God’s Word is the “sword of the Spirit. ” This passage describes the Scriptures as “living and powerful, and sharper than a two edged sword”. The Word of God contains a life and power by the Holy Spirit’s anointing that is not placed upon any other words or books. There are many books filled with words, but only God’s Word gives life (John 6:63). There are many sermons that are inspiring and clever, but they can not compare to the power of God’s Word.
God declared in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word “shall not return to Me void [empty, without fruit), but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it“. God was telling us that His Word is powerfully alive. His Word is a force, which goes forth and accomplishes things. That is because all of God’s life and power back up His Word – and ONLY His Word.
The anointing of God flows through His Word. We can never defeat God’s enemies or win God’s battles without God’s Book. God’s Word is TRUTH! It is a weapon of Truth – a Sword that can cut through the devil’s lies, and break the bondage that can come from believing those lies. It has a delivering power that can cut through the deceptions of our enemy, Satan, and bring freedom to a person in body, mind and spirit. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
A well-known evangelist had just concluded a meeting. As he was leaving the sanctuary, he saw a man lying unconscious on the floor. He was told that the man was a heroin addict in a coma from a recent overdose, and that he would probably die.
The evangelist knew that the man might not hear or remember anything he would say to him at that moment. But the Holy Spirit prompted him to speak to the man the scripture, “You shall not die, but live” (Ps 118:17). So he went over and spoke into the man’s ear this verse from God’s Word.
The man who was the heroin addict later said he did not remember anything about that night except the words going around and around in his mind, “you shall not die, but live”. Over and over, he kept hearing that phrase in his mind. The next day, he suddenly awoke from his coma and was immediately sober and in his right mind. He had completely lost his craving for drugs, his addiction had been broken, and he received Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior that very day!