The Encroaching Darkness

I want to share one my favorite authors/speakers talking about a subject of great importance.  We are living in dark times, but we are not left alone and without hope.  It is so important to know who we are as children of God and to know what He has said so that we may view the dying world around us through his eyes.  We need to get back into the Word in a way like never before to be salt and light to a world that has largely turned away from Him!

Be blessed!


Speak the Word!

Speak the Word!
Revised 1983 Edition
Copyright © 1982 by Marilyn Hickey

Your tongue is the most powerful weapon and force of your life.  Proverbs states that the tongue has the power of life and death in it.  In James 3, James states that you can control your whole body by that small member you have, called the tongue.  As a rudder guides a ship and a bit in the horse’s mouth cause him to go the right direction, so also your tongue can guide your thoughts, your emotions, and your body into paths of prosperity and success and be a tremendous power for good.

But on the negative side, your tongue can be used to damage and destroy your physical body, your thought life, and your emotional reactions.  Corrupt words can destroy those about us, for the Psalmist states that words are like the piercing of swords.   You set on fire the course of nature by what you speak because hell acts on your words.  Eve had to speak wrong words before Satan could act.  Hell can act only on your words, so every negative word you speak sets hell into activity.  This is why God spoke to Joshua (Joshua 1:8) and said,

    “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall
      meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do
      according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way
      prosperous and then you will have success.”  (NASV)

This little verse in Joshua is the key to all prosperity and success.  In fact, this is the only place the word success is found in the Bible.  Speaking God’s Word can make you successful in every area of your life.

What about those words spoken against us and our loved ones?  Will those negative confessions set hell into activity in our lives?  As always God’s Word has an answer.  It is found in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me.”  Condemn wrong words spoken against you and yours in the name of Jesus.  Never condemn the person who speaks, only the words spoken against you.  Then these negative word weapons cannot harm you.

Defeat the enemy today.  Speak the following words of Life every day.  In harassing time, speak them three times a day.  God’s Word works.  Try it – you’ll love it!  Speaking aloud causes your spirit man to hear.  This is the way to grow strong in spirit.  Make your faith effective.  Say the Word, say the Word, say the Word.  “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in your sight today, O Lord.”


I have an anointing from the Holy One and I know all things.  Today Jesus is made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, for I have the mind of Christ.  Through wisdom I build my house and by understanding it is established (1 John 2:20; 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Cor. 2:16; James 3:17; Prov. 24:3).

God’s wisdom will put me over today for God’s wisdom is from above.  As I speak His words of wisdom, I will bring peace and mercy to my situation.  I shall not walk in darkness today for the Holy Spirit will guide me into all truth.  The Lord will give me understanding in all things and wisdom and knowledge shall stabilize my times for I have the mind of Christ (James 3:17; John 16:13; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Tim. 2:7; Isaiah 33:6; 1 Cor. 2:16).

Satan cannot overcome me for God has given me a mouth and wisdom the enemy cannot gainsay nor resist (Luke 21:15).

I walk not in darkness for it is given unto me to know the mysteries of the kingdom.  The Lord instructs me and teaches me in the way that I should go: He guides me with His eye (Matt. 13:11; Rom. 1:19; Ps. 32:8).

Today I am persuaded that I am filled with goodness, all knowledge, and ability to help my brother.  I am good in the sight of God and he gives me wisdom, and knowledge, and joy (Rom. 15:14; Ecc. 2:26).

I am filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; I am a new creation in Christ; I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus.  Because of this, I have His wisdom and my decisions are ordered of Him (Col. 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Cor. 2:16).

God, the father of my Lord Jesus Christ, gives unto me the spirit of wisdom and revelation and my eyes are enlightened that I may know the hope of the glory of His inheritance in me and the exceeding greatness of His power that flows through me (Eph. 1:17-19).


Today I shall have joy because I shall speak words that bring life to me and others.  The joy of the Lord is the strength of my life, so I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Prov. 15:23; Prov. 25:11; Neh. 8:10; Phil. 4:13).

No corrupt communication shall come out of my mouth today for I speak words of faith and edification.  Therefore, my words bring life and joy
(Eph. 4:29).

I will have joy by the answers of my mouth so today I speak His words of power.  I will enter into the joy of the Lord today and I will be a helper of the joy of others.  I will speak words of faith to others (Prov. 15:23; Matt. 25:23; 2 Cor. 1:24).

I love righteousness and hate iniquity; therefore God, even my God, has anointed me with the oil of gladness above my fellows.  I put my trust in the Lord and rejoice; I shout for joy because he defends me; I love His name and am joyful in Him (Heb. 1:9; Ps. 5:11).

My heart rejoices in Him because I trust in His holy name.  I greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul is joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.  He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.  Your Word is unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord God of Hosts (Isa. 61:10; Jer. 15:15).


The Lord sent His Word and healed me and delivered me from all destruction.  I serve the Lord and he blesses my food and drink; and He takes away sickness from me and my family; He heals all our diseases (Ps. 107:20; Ex. 23:25; Ps. 103; 3b).

The Spirit of Him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me; therefore He that raised up Christ from the dead has quickened my mortal body, making it immune to every sickness and disease (Rom. 8:11).

All my needs are met in Christ Jesus for my God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory.  Christ has redeemed me from the curse of poverty, sickness and spiritual death; and because I am the seed of Abraham, blessing He will bless me and multiplying He will multiply me.  I receive the bountifulness of God to me today (Phil. 4:19; Gal. 3:13; Heb. 6:14).

I give and it is given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38).

Today I rejoice in all that I put my hand to, He blesses the labor of my hands.  I am happy and all is well with me and my household needs are met abundantly through Him who supplies all my needs (Ps. 128:1-2; Deut. 12:7, 18b).

Wealth and riches shall be in my house and my righteousness endures forever (Ps. 112:3).


Today there is safety for me and my loved ones for there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord (Prov. 21:30).

I hear the voice of the Lord through His Word.  Therefore, I dwell safely and am quiet from fear of evil (Prov. 1:33).

My loved ones and I are delivered from the powers of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son.  No evil shall befall, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling.  I overcome all the fiery darts of the enemy and nothing can harm me because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (Col. 1:13; Ps. 91:10; Eph. 6:16; 1 John 4:4).

I am established in righteousness: I am far from oppression; for I do not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near me.  God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (Isa. 54:14; 2 Tim. 1:7).

The Lord is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.  He has given me power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; so nothing shall by any means hurt me (Ps. 91:2; Luke 10:19).


God has set before me life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore I choose life; that both my seed and I may live.  I know that my home shall be in peace; and I shall visit my habitation and shall not sin.  I know also that my seed shall be great, and my offspring as the grass of the earth.  The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but my house shall stand (Deut. 30:19; Job 5:24-25; Prov. 12:7).

I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am saved, and my house (Acts 16:31).

The seed of the righteous shall be delivered.  The Lord is righteousness: he has cut asunder all the cords of the wicked in my household (Prov. 11:21; Ps. 129:4).

My children are wise and make my heart glad: they are taught of the Lord and great is the peace of my children (Prov. 27:11; Isa. 54:13).

I train up my child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Prov. 22:6).

I teach God’s Word to my children, speaking of it when I sit in my house, and when I walk by the way, when I lie down, and when I rise up.  I tell my children of it, and my children tell their children and their children another generation (Deut. 11:19; Joel 1:3).

My sons and daughters (name them) will not forget God’s teachings but will let their hearts keep His commandments.  For length of days and years of life and peace will they add to them.  They do not let kindness and truth leave them; but bind them about their necks and write them upon the tablets of their hearts.  So will they find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man (Prov. 3:1-4).

You, God, will not allow my children’s feet to slip or to be moved except toward you.  You keep them and will not slumber (Ps. 121:3).

Lord, you are righteous; you have cut asunder the thick cords (list specific sins) by which the wicked Satan enslaved us (Ps. 129:4).


I let love be without dissimulation.  I abhor that which is evil, and I cleave to that which is good (Rom. 12:9).

And this I pray, that my love abounds yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; and I know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, and I am filled with all the fullness of God (Phil. 1:9; Eph. 3:19).

I thank you, Father, that you surround me with favor as with a shield and therefore I have favor with my family and co-workers and also with all the people with whom I come in contact today (Ps. 5:12).

Father, I thank you that, because we are both reconciled to Jesus by the blood of His cross, _______________________ and I are also reconciled to each other, regardless of anything we have done to each other in the past (Col.1:20-21).


Today I pray for my President and those in authority over me that their hearts are in the hand of the Lord and He turns them whithersoever He will (Prov. 21:1).

Our nation, pastors and church are blessed because our God is the Lord and we are the people He has chosen for His inheritance (Ps. 33:12).

The Body of Christ and I are the righteousness of God; therefore I exalt this nation and bind principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness and render them ineffective against my nation, my church, my family, and myself, in the Name of Jesus (2 Cor. 5:12; Prov. 14:34; Eph. 6:12).