Open Your Mouth
Read: Luke 3:1 through 4:44
The devil said to him, “If you are the son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’” (Luke 4:3–4).
The account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and how He used Scripture as a weapon against Satan is well-known to most Christians. They would agree that Jesus’ strategy is a model for every believer—that wielding God’s Word as a weapon will bring victory over the enemy.
However, believers sometimes forget the power of speaking God’s Word out loud. They read it silently, pray it silently, and silently agree with what the verses say. But Jesus did not think the enemy away. He had to open His mouth and speak what He knew to be true. Because Scripture is living and active, it has the power to transform a person’s life when, by faith, that person proclaims it to others and to himself.
Faith flourishes when God’s promises are spoken aloud. Words have power. God created the whole world by speaking it into existence. The devil cannot withstand God’s people declaring God’s Word.
Challenge for Today: Speak God’s Word aloud today with confident boldness in His promises.
Quicklook: Luke 4:1–12