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.
Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
We do not live by bread alone because there is more to us than our physical bodies. Just as our body requires physical food, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. We are being fed spiritually anytime we receive the Word of God, when we meditate on it and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger our spirit becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.
I am a new creation in Christ! Old things have passed away, all things have become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The Lord is guiding me continually! He satisfies my soul and He strengthens my bones! (Isaiah 58:11)
God is making all grace abound towards me! I have all sufficiency in all things, and I have an abundance for every good work! (2 Corinthians 9:8)
He that raised up Christ from the dead is giving life to my mortal body! By the stripes of Jesus I am healed from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet! (Romans 8:11; 2 Peter 2:24)
The Lord is making all that I do to prosper in my hand! (Genesis 29:3; Deuteronomy 28:4; Deuteronomy 28:12)
My delight is in the law of the Lord! I meditate in it day and night! Therefore my way is prosperous, and I am having good success! (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8)
In Jesus’ mighty and magnificent name, amen!
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
In Christ we have been given the right, by grace, to claim all of the promises of God in scripture. In other words, because Jesus has become our righteousness, we can lay hold of the promises of healing, provision, soundness, protection and peace. Yet we must know this truth in order for it to become effective in our lives. And so no matter what the need, find what God has to say about it, and then boldly declare His Word over your life!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
It takes a daily training of the mind to rid ourselves from the unproductive habbit of worry, and instead take our needs and requests to God in simple and childlike faith. Whatever need may arise, let us bring it to God in the full assurance that God before the foundation of time has already made provision for it. Then by faith we receive the supply, the deliverance or the healing that God by His grace has already set before us.
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.
Luke 5:12-13 (NKJV)
Have you ever wondered if it is truly God’s will to bring wholeness, joy, health and wellbeing into your life? This man with leprosy approached Jesus in exactly that way, and His response was, “I am willing.” Oftentimes we must consciously and deliberately remind ourselves that it is God’s will for us that we be every whit whole, that the fruits of salvation include wholeness in every area of our life. And so today, let us be bold enough to remove all doubt and uncertainty from our hearts, and know that we serve a God who is willing meet the needs that arise in our day to day life. Our responsibility is to be willing to receive of His limitless love and grace towards us.
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
John 11:4 (KJV)
A profound truth is revealed in the words of Jesus, that sickness—or any other form of hardship—is not unto death, but it is to become a means whereby which the glory of God may be made manifest for all to see. God’s glory is never revealed separate and apart from His people. It is the will of our heavenly Father that His glory be made manifest in and through His people, that we be the instruments and vessels of His glory. And so whether it be sickness, lack, anxiety, or anything else, God wants to use our challenge to manifest His glory. This means healing, deliverance, provision, soundness and protection.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 (KJV)
As Christians we are called to seek heavenly realities. Our thoughts and our words should center not so much around our circumstances and conditions, but around what is true about us in Christ. What is true about us in Christ is that we are risen with Him and seated with Him in heavenly places. (see Ephesians 2:6) This gives us a position of authority through the name of Jesus over sickness, lack, fear, and anything else the enemy may throw at us. We are already victorious, for we are joined to the One who has overcome the world. And as we abide in Him, we get to partake in this overcoming victory.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
As Christians we are called to always live in an attitude of victory. Regardless of where we may find ourselves, regardless of what we may be facing, our victory was won for us two thousand years ago! Not only do we have the victory, and therefore the triumph, but we are also called to bring the sweet and precious fragrance of the knowledge of Christ wherever we go. The fragrance of His knowledge includes—but is not restricted to—the fruits of His Spirit in us, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control. (see Galatians 5:22-23) And so today, realize that you are victorious in Christ, and be willing to distribute the fruits of the Spirit all throughout your world. This is one of the quickest ways of seeing the manifestations of victory showing up in your life.
This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
1 John 5:14 (KJV)
The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. Through the Word we know that it is God’s will for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. Naturally this heavenly reign includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary in order for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts rejoice knowing that God is looking for each of us to be instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)
When we hear and receive the Word, let us remember that it is indeed the Word of God. This means that we will believe the Word no matter what. In other words, we believe the Word even when our circumstances contradict it, even when our bodies and emotions contradict it. As we receive the Word in this heart attitude of uncompromising faith, we are told that the Word works in us effectively. In other words, it begins to produce in us and in our lives the very things it had declared about us regarding our healing, deliverance, prosperity, and all of the things that pertain to our lives of victory in Christ.