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.
Luke 10:19 (KJV)
Every believer has been given authority in the name of Jesus over all of the forces of darkness. When confronted with things coming against us, we are to pray with confidence as well as speak boldly to the storms and to the mountains of life. And so let us stand firm in this authority, and let us rest in the quiet assurance that because the One who has already overcome the world now lives on the inside of us, we get to partake in His overcoming and see the fruits of it manifest in our lives.
For my thougths are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
One of the most important things for us to do is to replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God. The reason is that God has clearly stated that His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. We may know the thoughts of God through His Word, and so our task becomes to get our thinking lined up with the truth of God’s Word. This is a continual process; and the more that we devote ourselves to it, the more will we see our lives changed to reflect more fully who we are in Christ.
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Luke 18:27 (KJV)
Let us remember to never limit God based upon what seems possible through human efforts alone. We serve a God of miracles who can do what no one else can. And so when it comes to the areas of our lives in which we are waiting for breakthroughs, may we remember to never look merely at what we can do in our strength and ability. Let us look instead unto our God who can move the mountains, split the seas of adversity, and who will faithfully lead us into our promised land.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
Nothing puts us more quickly into the presence of God than praise and thanksgiving. This need not always be formal, for we can praise God at any time throughout the day, and we can train ourselves to always maintain a grateful heart towards Him. Let us remember that we serve a God who is worthy of all praise, and may we never take His goodness towards us for granted. The more we praise Him and thank Him for all He has done, the more of His glory will we see in our lives.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
One of the most crucial aspects of discipleship is to continue in the Word. Let us take time each day to renew our minds in the Word and to seek what God is speaking to us for that particular day. Jesus has said that if we will continue in His Word, not only will we be His disciples indeed, but we will also know the truth. This is not speaking of merely an intellectual knowing, but of a deeper revelation in our spirit. The more we know the truth from the depths of our spirit, the more we bear witness to its supernatural power of setting us free from all bondage.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Psalm 5:3 (KJV)
How we start our day will usually determine how it will go. When we make it our practice to turn to God first thing in the morning, when we set aside quiet time for reading and meditating on the Word, we tend to find ourselves living in a greater sense of His presence all throughout the day. And so let us start the day right, seeking God’s will and direction, and reflecting upon what His Word has declared over us.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakeness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
The paradox of grace is such that it becomes our strength and empowerment to the degree that we get comfortable with our own weakenesses. In other words, grace becomes power when we realize that we in our own strength are never asked to carry the burdens of life, but that we are to cast these upon the Lord. To the degree that we do this, we open ourselves to His power, to His might, to His ability that flows through us. Now we can say with the Apostle Paul that we gladly boast in our weakness, so that the supernatural power of Christ may flow through us.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yeah, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
God’s love for us is everlasting—it never changes. No amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can ever change this fact. Let us pray that all may have a revelation of this, for it is God’s lovinkindness towards humanity that draws people unto Him. The deeper our revelation of God’s love, the stronger our trust and faith in Him become. And so let us thank Him today for His goodness and His grace, and rejoice in all that has been so freely made available to us through the precious gift of His Son.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 32:11 (KJV)
When we are in Christ, we have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God. When God sees us, He does not see the areas in which we fall short, but what He sees is His Son in us. And so the foundation from which we approach all things is our identity in Christ as a beloved child of the most high God. We never work for approval, but from approval; we need not try to win God’s favor, we already have it. Regardless of any circumstances or conditions, we may indeed rejoice and shout for joy, for we have already been made victorious.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
The key to living a life of victory is our faith. Faith is a powerful spiritual principle that enables the promises of God to be made manifest in our life. We are called to strengthen our faith by exercising it like a muscle. The more that we exercise our faith, the stronger it becomes. We exercise our faith by setting our hearts and minds upon the promises of God, by meditating on them and confessing them until they become real to us. When we believe in the reality of something before we can perceive it through our physical senses, we are living in the victory of faith.