//Craig W. Hagin
AS MEN, leading our households, we have to understand who our enemy is and what he tries to do. John 10:10 says that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy us. He'll try to destroy our families, marriages, and jobs. He'll try to destroy our dreams, finances, and health. That's why it's so important for us to know the playbook—the Word of God. We've got to know what we possess, and we've got to act on the authority it gives us. We must be doers of the Word.
Don't Be Moved
James 4:7 says to resist the devil and he will flee from us. It doesn't say he'll think about it or pray about it for 40 days and nights before he flees. It says he will flee. Why? Because he has no authority or ability to operate in our lives if we don't give it to him.
Remember what First Peter 5:8 says? The devil is seeking whom he may devour. I don't know about you, but I'm of the class of people he may not devour because I know who I am in Christ.
You see, when we know who we are in Christ, nothing will move us. Fear won't move us, what we see with our physical eyes won't move us, and what we feel won't move us. We will only be moved by the Word of God that's on the inside of us. And the Word says Jesus is with us. It says He'll never forsake us. He won't leave us homeless. He won't leave us stranded. He won't leave us not knowing what to do.
Get in the Game
There are so many Christians today who have heard the Word again and again. They may have acted on the Word in the past, but things have happened to them and they've been beaten down. They don't know what to do, so they're doing nothing. They're holding.
God is saying, "Get in the game. Follow the playbook."
It's knowing and acting on the Word that changes our lives. John 15:7 (NKJV) says, "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, [THEN] you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." If we don't know the Word, we don't know we can ask. But when we decide to go all in with the Word, then God can go all out in our lives.
Stir It Up!
When things start happening around you, when you're tempted to fear, stir up the Word on the inside.
Man's wisdom may say there's no way. Man's wisdom may say it's impossible. Man's wisdom may say, "You're going down." But God says, "I'm your strength. The things that are impossible to you are possible with Me. Trust in Me—follow My Word—and you'll see those things that you thought would never be come to pass."
It's all about the Word! Know the Word. Speak the Word. Live the Word. The Word always works—for me and for you!
[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from Craig W. Hagin's message at the 2014 A Call to Arm's Men's Conference.]