This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
To walk in the Spirit means to identify ourselves with who we are in Christ—righteous and blameless before our heavenly Father through the finished works of Jesus. Our right standing before God has nothing to do with the actions of our body, and it has nothing to do with the mental and emotional condition of our soul; our right standing is found solely in our union with Christ through the Spirit. Yet when this becomes how we see and identify ourselves, our actions fall in line with our identity and we are able to overcome the temptations of the flesh.
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.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)
The words we speak are so powerful they will determine whether what we bring about is life or death, victory or defeat. Speaking words of fear and unbelief will yield fruit accordingly, whereas words of faith enable God’s promises to come to pass in our life. God in His great love has given us authority in this earth realm, and one of the ways we excercise this authority is through the words we speak. Speak God’s Word, and be expectant for His goodness to show up in your life!
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!
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.
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.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
Faith comes by hearing the truth of God’s Word. In the same way faith grows and develops through the continual hearing of His Word. The more that we immerse ourselves in the Word of God by hearing it taught and preached as well as by meditating on it, considering it, praying it and confessing it over our lives, the stronger becomes our spiritual muscle of faith. The power here lies in the principle that says that the more we hear, the more the Word takes root in our hearts. And when our hearts are filled with the glory of God’s Word, it always yields a rich harvest of manifestation in and through our lives.
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.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:63 (NKJV)
The Word is the spiritual food for our recreated spirit. Just as our physical body requires physical food and the mind requires intellectual food, so too our spirit must be fed with spiritual food. The more we are in the Word, and the more of the Word is in us, the greater will be our revelation of Christ and who we are in Him. When our hearts are filled with the Word, we are always ready to overcome whatever opposition we might face. With our spirit nourished and strengthened, we can stand boldly upon the Word and know that whenever the Word is mixed with faith, a manefestation must always follow.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11 (KJV)
When we look to Jesus and faithfully walk with Him, He will lead us up the path of life. We discover in His presence a joy that cannot be taken away by the world, we will find the pleasures that come from knowing who we are in Him and what He has called us to do. So let us look to Him, let us be in His Word, and follow where He is taking us. Each of us has a role to play in the kingdom of God: each of us is called to be a light through which the great Light might shine forth into this world.