the story of how the cigarette case came to this use and was able to maintain the honor of going with me wherever I go, could be a post of its own, but I will be generous today and give you 2 for the “price” of one and you can use this idea for quitting unwanted habits as well 😉
When THE LORD told me to give up smoking, I thought I would never be able to do it, I had been smoking for more than 30 years (!!) and I told HIM that HE would need to help me – the rest is history…
So what HE inspired me to do, was write encouraging scriptures on little index cards and put them in my cigarette case together with some cigarettes and my lighter – in the beginning of my detox I had only a few cards and more cigarettes and when I started getting stronger, fewer cigarettes and more cards, since I had written more of them… what shall I say, it was still hard, yes, but after a few days I had replaced inhaling smoke with an intake of GOD’s word completely – and I have never looked back and I still carry the case and the cards with me wherever I go… this was almost 2 years ago by the way – PRAISE GOD!
You may think of a fancier way to design them or to store them, for me, this entirely “did the trick” and I use them often when I need GOD.
Plus also for spiritual warfare and inspiration from THE HOLY GHOST – moments when I am lost, moments when I crave something, moments when I lack, feel inadequate… moments when I just want to get closer to MY BELOVED SAVIOR…
To be honest, I used to have all kinds of card decks before I got saved – tarot cards, angel cards, all kinds of other cards, spiritual cards and I loved to start my day with them – they all weren’t godly, of course, I am glad they are gone!
But what the enemy can do, which is copy everything GOD has, we can do it as well, at least the format and the way of using them – I love it and I thought I’d share it with you, perhaps you would like to use the “card idea” – or just the scriptures, it’s up to you, I find them useful for many things, for getting into a conversation about GOD on the street or on the bus as well, but mainly for learning to memorize, because the best warfare is the one where you can shout back at the devil right away from your heart without having to tell him to “hold on a moment” because you have to look the scriptures up, I think you know what I mean – that’s not really FIRING back, now, is it…
So I recommend you find your own way to keep them handy and I also recommend you memorize them and also add some scriptures you particularly like – and let me know what came out of it, please?
Remember, GOD’s WORD is our best and strongest weapon against the enemy and firing back with scripture is the absolute best way to fight back!
Why is that?
Because I say so?
I may have been in the battle very intensely for a very long time and I could tell you what in my opinion and from my experience works (and THE WORD works!!!) and doesn’t work, but that might not make my findings universal and true – except GOD had said it!
And not only did HE say it, it’s also the way HE HIMSELF fought the devil when HE was here on earth as JESUS CHRIST.
Also, some of them are good to ponder on, because they contain promises from OUR FATHER to us and we what I call “pray them back to HIM”, which means remind HIM of them and stand on them and not only proclaim them, but also claim them.
And some of them, you may find helpful to thrust at your enemies – supernaturally in the spirit, of course! I do not recommend doing it in the flesh, but who knows, perhaps I will become more bold and will change my mind about this one day…
So here we go – this is just a small collection of what OUR FATHER has equipped us with, there are endless and countless more really useful ones! If you have a favorite one which is not mentioned here, please share it with us in the comment section below…
Matthew 4: 1-4 (also the rest of the chapter!)
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Isaiah 54: 17
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of THE LORD and their righteousness is of me, saith THE LORD.
Deuteronomy 33: 25-27
25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
1 Chronicles 16:22
Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
But seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
Joel 2: 25-26
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
7Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Isaiah 38: 1-5
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was near death. Isaiah the man of God, the son of Amoz, came to him and said, “The Lord says, ‘Make those of your house ready, for you will die and not live.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord, 3 and said, “O Lord, I ask you from my heart to remember now how I have walked with You in truth and with a whole heart. I have done what is good in Your eyes.” And Hezekiah cried with a bitter cry. 4 Then the Word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘The Lord, the God of your father David, says, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. See, I will add fifteen years to your life.
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”
John 8:32, 36
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.”
“He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.”
Psalms 46: 10 – 11
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
THE LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
“Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 5
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The righteous is delivered out of trouble and the wicked cometh in his stead.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Isaiah 55: 10 – 11
For as the rain cometh down , and the snow from heaven and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Mark 16: 16 – 18
He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these things shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Proverbs 28: 17 – 18
A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved; but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Numbers 23: 19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Revelation 4: 11
Thou art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created
Isaiah 33: 2
Oh LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
2 Samuel 22: 47 – 50
47 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me.
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Isaiah 53: 5
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Acts 4: 29 – 30
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Hebrews 3: 1
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Romans 15: 13
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Deuteronomy 7: 9
9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 10
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
Romans 8: 15
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Isaiah 58: 10 – 11
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Matthew 21: 21-22
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Isaiah 59: 19
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
1 Timothy 6:12
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Galatians 3: 13 – 14
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Isaiah 58: 6
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
2 Timothy 1: 7
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Isaiah 54: 10
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;
James 4: 7 – 10
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
Romans 10: 9 – 10
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Isaiah 43: 1-2
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Deuteronomy 5: 33
33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
John 10: 10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Ephesians 1: 19 – 21
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Exodus 15: 26
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
And had I not known that this works, I would have learned it now while looking and typing these up for you, because after going through them all, I feel almost invincible!
I admit, it will take you a few days to gather the ones you really love together and write them up, but it is SO worth it and you can keep them forever… and the best thing is: this knowledge is absolutely guaranteed to WORK plus it is FREE, because it is in your bible or on the internet everywhere.
GOD is AWESOME, isn’t HE? HE has given us ALL we ever need to WIN!
I hope and pray that this will inspire, heal and bless you and that THE LORD will bless you richly in all areas of your life, that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and give you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.