(MARIA: FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS FOLLOWING THE ABOVE PRAYER FOR MY HEALING, my eye condition stayed the same, then gradually cleared up completely to where my eyes were totally back to normal for the first time in months.--A real miracle of the Lord's healing! But after a while I began to have problems again. The Lord had answered and done the work, but He still had more to teach us. And again, He spoke through David with further counsel on fighting the Enemy and getting the victory.
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SAYING THINGS OUT LOUD. IT IS A TESTIMONY TO YOURSELF and TO THE MULTITUDE OF WITNESSES THAT SURROUND US! It's not enough to just say it in your head, you need to say it out loud, quote Scriptures and rebuke the Devil and praise the Lord! That's why my Mother used to say, "Words are real things", and you need to say them. Words can curse or words can save. "By thy words art thou justified or by thy words thou art condemned!" (Mat.12:36,37) You have to give an account of your words.
WORDS ARE VERY IMPORTANT! YOU NEED TO USE THEM! The Lord hears them and the Heavenly hosts hear them and you hear them and the Devil hears them. It is very important that you use the words, even if you can only whisper them. (Maria: Then it's not as effective if you just say them in your head without using your mouth?)--No, it doesn't seem to have the same power for some reason or another.
YOU'VE HEARD STORIES OF HOW MY MOTHER FOUGHT THE DEVIL, SHE EVEN USED HER FISTS! She'd shove one fist out and quote a Scripture, and then shove the other out like she was fighting! You need to go on the attack, Honey! The Scripture does you good, and no telling how many other people it'll do good. (Maria: I've been quoting Scripture in my head but it doesn't do the same thing, then?) Well, if you don't want to wake me and Techi, I guess that's about all you can do. But if that doesn't do it, you ought to get up and go in the bathroom and quote Scripture out loud and praise the Lord out loud!
GIVE NO PLACE TO THE EVIL ONE! (Eph.4:27) If you get so busy quoting Scripture and praising the Lord and rebuking the Devil, you won't have so much time to think about your headache. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee." (Isa.26:3) And while you're quoting Scripture and praising the Lord and rebuking the Devil, you've got to think about those things, you've got to think about the words and you can't think about your headache. If your mind is centered on the Lord and stayed on Him then He is the One you are thinking about and you can't think about both things at once.
SO KEEP THINKING ABOUT THE LORD and PRAISING THE LORD and QUOTING SCRIPTURES and PRAYING OUT LOUD. That takes concentration, you have to think about it, you have to keep your mind on the Lord and your mind on the Scripture and on your praises, even sing! The Devil hates song because it's praise to the Lord. You've just got to keep at it, really work at it! It's a testimony even to the Lord that you are really trusting Him, that you really have faith in His Word.
THAT'S HOW MY MOTHER GOT HEALED IN THE FIRST PLACE, QUOTING SCRIPTURE OUT LOUD! She could only whisper it, but she whispered it. Gradually she noticed her voice was stronger and her hands were up praising the Lord! See, you're feeling better already just getting your mind off your headache. As long as you keep thinking about your headache and concentrating on your headache, then it's your headache you'll have! But if you get your mind on something else, it won't be as bad.
THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT SAYING THE WORDS THAT REALLY CRYSTALISES YOUR RESISTANCE and CAUSES THE DEVILS TO FLEE! They hate to hear the Word. Just saying it in your mind is good but sometimes it is just not quite enough. You need to say it out loud. Besides, if others are listening it is a declaration to them that you are trusting the Lord, that you have faith in His Word. It's a testimony and a witness to them, it even encourages them to know that you're really trusting the Lord and have faith in His Word and you really believe those Scriptures and just keep quoting them even if you can only whisper them.
IT TAKES MORE CONCENTRATION and IT OCCUPIES MORE OF YOUR MIND and YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS IF YOU HAVE TO SAY IT OUT LOUD, quote it out loud and praise the Lord out loud! Rebuke the Devil out loud! He has to obey. "Resist the Devil and he will flee from you!" (Jam.4:7) You really need to do it out loud. You don't do that enough. Quiet faith is fine but it is not enough of a real attack, a real fight!
YOU NEED TO GO ON THE ATTACK! BE POSITIVE and SHOW THAT YOU HAVE FAITH IN THE WORD, faith in the Lord, faith in praise, a sign that you really trust and you really believe. It's like a declaration of faith. And when your mind is occupied with that, you can't be occupied with your suffering and your pain. It really helps, I know. I even pray out loud on my work couch in the morning, more or less a whisper because I don't want to wake you up, but I do it out loud at least so I can hear myself. There's just something about it that seems more powerful than just thinking it.
IT'S THE WORD! IT'S THE DECLARATION! You're claiming it and it really occupies your mind and your heart and the Lord can hear you, the Devil can hear you and a great cloud of witnesses can hear you! It's your declaration of faith! It shows your confidence in the Word and your belief in praise. It's like they say, "You believe in prayer as much as you pray. You believe in praise as much as you praise. You believe in the Word as much as you quote it" and you need to do it at least loud enough that you can hear it yourself, and all the holy spirits can hear you too!--So that the Lord can certainly hear you and certainly the Devil.
THERE IS POWER IN THE WORD! THERE IS ABSOLUTE POWER IN THE WORDS! You really need to say it with your mouth. "Thou shalt confess with thy mouth that Christ is Lord." (Rom.10:9) "With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness unto all generations." (Psa.89:1)--Not just thinking it in your head, that's not enough. You've got to put it into words and say it! I mean it!
THERE ARE A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES WHO ARE ALWAYS WATCHING US, TRYING TO HELP US, but you need to declare your faith openly and loud enough at least that you can hear it yourself. (Heb.12:1) It'll keep your mind and your mouth occupied with the Word and with prayer and praise and with attacks on the Enemy. It really helps to occupy your mind and your heart and especially your mouth, as well as your spirit. It will do you a lot of good!
WHEN I GOT UP EARLY SOME MORNINGS, IF I DIDN'T GO IN MY LITTLE CUBICLE and PRAY and PRAISE THE LORD OUT LOUD, I DON'T THINK I COULD MAKE IT! I mean it does me good just to hear my own voice quoting Scripture and praying and praising the Lord even if it is only in a whisper. It just takes a lot of concentration to say it with your mouth and use your tongue and the Devil has a hard time getting past that.
WHEN IT COMES TO THE DEVIL, WORDS ARE SORT OF LIKE BULLETS OR DEATH RAYS OR SOMETHING and THEY JUST BLAST THE DEVIL! Every word just zaps him! They're part of our of-fensive weaponry, the Word! It describes the armour of a Christian--it says the sword of the Spirit is the Word! (Eph.6:10-17) It's sharper than any two-edged sword. (Heb.4:12)
THEY CAN'T NECESSARILY READ YOUR THOUGHTS and THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING IF YOU DON'T SAY ANYTHING!
PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU LORD! AMEN, HELP HER TO REALLY GO ON THE ATTACK, LORD! If she can only whisper, let her whisper these Scriptures aloud to herself and to Thee and to the Devil and to whoever else may be listening, all the hosts of Heaven and even Hell! The great cloud of witnesses who are watching us from the Spirit World will be thrilled by her positiveness and her definite attack out loud in the Spirit, Lord, in Jesus' name. Help her to voice it! Help her to read Scriptures about the Word and about the voice and how important the tongue is, "sharper than any two-edged sword" when it's quoting Thy Word, Lord. Help her, Lord, to do it instead of just suffering in silence.
SO LORD HELP HER, IN JESUS' NAME. HELP HER TO REBUKE THE ENEMY and DECLARE HER FAITH OUT LOUD and quote Thy Word out loud and pray out loud and praise Thee out loud and sing, speak in tongues, whatever, Lord, so she can't hear the voice of the Devil. She can even drown it out with prayer and praise and tongues and song and Scriptures, Lord, the Word! Help her to voice it, mouth it, tongue it, so she can hear it and others can hear it in Jesus' name!
ONE OF THE BEST WAYS IN THE WORLD TO KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON THE LORD IS TO TALK TO HIM. Talk to Him! Praise Him! Pray! Sing! Talk in tongues! Quote His Word! Keep busy! Keep yourself occupied in every way including working with your hands, your feet or whatever you have to do so that you're thinking about other things and not about your pain or your problems! Keep so occupied, your mind, your heart, your spirit, your tongue, your mouth, your ears, your eyes, even your hands, so occupied with prayer and praise and Scripture and song and everything you can think of, and the Lord, that you haven't even got time to think about your pains and your problems! Keep your mind on the Lord and the best way to do it is out loud! Say it! Speak it! Mouth it! Confess it! There are so many Scriptures on words.
"BY THY WORDS SHALL THOU BE JUSTIFIED" and YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAY, "BY THY WORDS SHALL THOU BE SAVED!" It's like, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus...thou shalt be healed." (Rom.10:9) Now that's a good Scripture for you to remember. We usually use it for Salvation but it works for everything, including healing. "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead"--see, that's faith in His resurrection power, which is healing--"thou shalt be saved", or healed.
HELP HER TO KEEP HER MOUTH FILLED WITH THY WORD, PRAISES and PRAYER and rebuking of the Devil in song, tongues and declarations of faith, in Jesus' name! Praise the Lord! "By your words will you be justified!" By confessing with your mouth you shall be saved and healed, in Jesus' name!
IF YOUR MIND IS BUSY, IT MAKES YOU FORGET OTHER THINGS! It pushes everything else out of your head. When you're talking you can't think of anything else but what you're saying. So say it!--Amen?
My name is James Arendt. I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom.
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