“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10)
Satan is only able to steal from us what we don’t know is ours. Therefore as Christians it is essential that we know and understand:
The blood covenant we have with God
What we ‘possess’ as part of that covenant
The integrity of God’s Word, and the power of declaring this Word
The authority given to us in the name of Jesus
The power invested in us by the indwelling Holy Spirit; and
Our position in Christ
A.L. Gill writes:
“We are given one offensive weapon and that is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
For the purposes of this post I wish to focus on the integrity of God’s Word, and the power of declaring this Word. The Word plays an integral part in bringing God’s justice into not only our own lives, but also into the lives of those around us.
Isaiah 32 states:
“Behold, a king will reign righteously, and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm; like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.” (Isaiah 32:1-2)
The king mentioned, is of course the King of kings, Jesus. But what of the princes? They are you and I – sons and daughters of the living God, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). And these verses reveal what we, as people, are like, when we minister Christ to those around us – a refuge and shelter from the storms of life, providing relief (just as shade does), and quenching thirst.
“Behold, a king will reign righteously, and princes will rule justly.” (Isaiah 32:1)
In Jeremiah God says:
“…let him who boasts, boast of this, that He knows and understands Me; that I am the Lord God who practices steadfast love, justice and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight.” (Jeremiah 9:24)
Although God is interested in justice, humanly speaking, He is also referring to an even greater “justice” than what we comprehend from our earthly experience.
Having studied Criminal Law at university (yes as well as veterinary science - what can I say, I was unfulfilled until I knew God!), I am familiar with the Criminal Code used within the Australian legal system. It is 1500 pages of legal definitions of crimes and charges, and their corresponding sentences. The Criminal Code is legally binding in an Australian court of law. Yet along with this book, a lawyer must also be familiar with precedents set from other cases, perhaps years prior – as the judgement (outcome) of prior cases can affect how the Criminal Code is applied in future situations.
Although the Criminal Code is constantly being updated and amended, one insertion remains the same.
“Nothing in this Code affects Her Majesty’s Royal Prerogative of Mercy.”
As Christians, we hold in our hands God’s own version of a “criminal code”. In addition to this “law” we have also been given four books (gospels) of precedents set by the life of Christ. For as we observe the life of He who is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), we can be sure that His decisions, judgements and actions in ministering to people 2000 years ago still hold sway today. Jesus desires to do the same today – this is the power of a ‘precedent’.
But more than this, running right through the Old and New Testament, and taking us right up to the Mercy seat of God we have something much greater than “Her Majesty’s Royal Prerogative of Mercy” – we have the blood of Christ, which demands mercy be given to all who receive Him.
The Bible we hold in our hands is a legally binding document, much greater than any used in a human court of law. This document has been ‘bound and sealed’ with the blood of Christ, and given to us so that we may study and learn from it, to bring justice – God’s justice – into our own life and the lives of those around us.
A lawyer may walk into a court of law with a great knowledge of the Criminal Code and precedents set in various cases. Yet if this knowledge stays in his head and never comes forth from his mouth, justice will remain far away.
In giving instructions to Joshua, God said,
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…” (Joshua 1:8)
One of the most powerful, yet simple, truths is found in Revelations:
“And they overcame him (satan) because of the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony…” (Revelations 12:11)
Then in Ephesians Paul reminds us to “take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”(Ephesians 6:17).
Why? Why isn’t it enough to know these things in our heart, but never utter them from our mouths?
Yes, we serve a sovereign God, but we serve a sovereign God who has placed a legally binding document in our hands. Many people view the bible as nothing more than a history book, or lifestyle resource. Yet Jesus said, “…My words will not pass away”(Mark 13:31). The Bible, and all it contains in light of the Blood Covenant of Jesus, is an eternal document - binding in the courtrooms of heaven. If we need God’s justice to be manifest in our life, and the lives of those around us - we need to know how to use it.
God does not desire to keep His justice from us, but we have an enemy who does, and who desires to continually steal, kill and destroy. When I began believing God for physical healing in late 2003 I spent many of my weekends sitting in a recording studio, laying onto CD multiple scriptures. Many of these had little to do with healing, but all proved powerful ‘weapons’ in seeing that healing come to pass. Many also were reminders of ‘precedents set’ by the life and ministry of Christ. Every day while I was getting ready to go to work I would play these CD’s. The result? When fear attacked, saying “You will never be well. In fact you’re getting sicker!” - the requisite scripture came out of my mouth. But more than that – I found myself meditating on these scriptures “day and night” (Joshua 1:8) until they became such a powerful truth and reality, that they became my own truth and reality, and healing came to pass.
In the ‘courtroom’ we have a ‘prosecutor’ – satan - who will use fear, doubt, confusion and lies to keep God’s justice far from our lives. It is only the eternal, blood bought truth contained in scripture that can overcome such an onslaught. And just as a lawyer needs to not only ‘know’ the law, but also speak it from his mouth – so do we. The purpose?
“Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind, and a shelter from the storm; like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.”
 A.L. Gill, Authority of the Believer, “Victorious Spiritual Warfare”; Powerhouse Publishing, California, 1991; pg. 103
 RF Carter, Carter’s Criminal Law of Queensland, Seventh Edition; Butterworths, Brisbane, 1988