Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight (1 Timothy 1:18 NIV).
The Passion Translation of the verse above says, â€œâ€¦use your prophecies as weaponsâ€¦
.â€ That means weaponizing the prophecies that have been spoken concerning you.
Use the prophetic words concerning your life, your future, your ministry, career, etc as a weapon in prosecuting the good fight of faith.
Ephesians 6:17 sheds more light on this; it says, â€œAnd take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.â€ The sword of the spirit refers to the spoken word, and the spoken word is the prophetic word. Itâ€™s an offensive weapon.
Thereâ€™re two things here about prophecies: Thereâ€™s the prophecy thatâ€™s spoken over your life as an individual, and thereâ€™s also the Word of God thatâ€™s already written, which the Bible refers to as â€œ...a more sure word of prophecy...â€ (2 Peter 1:19).
When you pick that word thatâ€™s written concerning you and utter it in faith, thatâ€™s prophecy; youâ€™re speaking forth â€œRhemaâ€ which the Bible describes as the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17.
For example, the Bible says, â€œYe are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the worldâ€ (1 John 4:4).
Thatâ€™s Logos (Greek). But when Satan comes out against you, or you want to launch an offensive against him, you say, â€œDevil, Iâ€™m of God, and Iâ€™ve overcome you because itâ€™s written: Greater is He thatâ€™s in me than he thatâ€™s in the world.â€ Thus, youâ€™ve weaponized that scripture!
When you utter those
words as â€œRhema,â€ they become the Word of God in your mouth. And the Word of God in your mouth is God talking.
Thatâ€™s also what we do in prayer; we speak forth the Wordâ€”the â€œRhemaâ€ of God in supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks in line with 1 Timothy 2:1.