This Sunday at church, our pastor spoke about the word “Rhema”. Which is the Greek word for “thing said” which in the Bible would mean God’s Word. God’s Word is a living word and is still alive today. God can speak to us in many different ways. One way is through a vision or image. This weekend I had an awesome encounter with God where He spoke to me in this way.
God showed me a huge screen of a heart. The shape of a heart not a physical beating heart. This heart represented the spirit of a person. Then the devil came and smashed the heart into a bunch of little pieces and all the pieces fell to the floor into a pile of dust. Jesus then came and swept all the pieces up with a big shop broom. He then cleaned off each piece one at a time and slowly placed them where they belonged until the heart was fully mended together like the original image (except with the cracked lines this time). And God told me that the devil does these blows and tries to shatter our spirit but Jesus WILL pick up the pieces if we keep trusting Him and His timing. He said to be patient because He’s taking all of the fragile pieces and cleans them all no matter how big or how small.
God then showed me another image of a piñata. The piñata was a bunch of layers of chains all put together. And there was a piñata stick. The piñata was representing the strongholds the devil places on us. But God said we could pick up the stick and strike the piñata and blow by blow we can break the stronghold. And when one person doesn’t feel strong enough we need to share the strike so our friends and family can take turnings striking it for us. But the longer we take a break from fighting back the devil would put another chain or another layer on the piñata to make it harder and stronger.
The devil crushes our spirit with lies. Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, fear. Those can be very real strongholds to some of us that we don’t need to face alone. We need to clothed with the Armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We need to take the sword of the Spirit (Rhema) with us at all times. I like to write Bible verses down on notebook cards and keep one with me when I’m going through something so I can pull it out and recite it and meditate on it. The more we know of His Word, the more we’ll be able to use it against the devil to cast out fear. God’s love for us is a perfect love and His Word says there is no fear in His perfect love.
1 John 4: 16-18 We have come to know and believe the love God has for us. God is love. If you live in love, you live by the help of God and God lives in you. Love is made perfect in us when we are not ashamed as we stand before Him on the day He judges. For we know that our life in this world is His life lives in us. There is no fear in love. Perfect love puts fear out of our hearts. People have fear when they are afraid of being punished. The man who is afraid does not have perfect love.
I am so grateful for God’s perfect love in me. And I am grateful that I can offered my crushed spirit as a sacrifice to Him.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
I am grateful that when my spirit is crushed, God will rescue me and be close to me. He considers my broken spirit a sacrifice to Him! He will mend me, cleaning each and every piece and placing it back exactly where it belongs. And when those strongholds are hard, because they are hard, I know I can lean on friends and family to carry me to Jesus and take blows at the devil with me.
If you don’t have those people in your life I challenge you to ask God for to put someone in your life. He listens and He answers. And He can take you from broken to mended.