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.
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV)
As born again believers we have been given authority in Jesus’ name over anything that would attempt to rob us of the promises of God. No matter the form of opposition, whether it be a negative doctors’ report, marital challenges, lack in a certain area, or hurtful and judgmental words from other people, we may declare with confidence the Word of God: that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Our confidence comes from the fact that our righteousness is not our own, but found completely in the finished works of Jesus. And so let us lay hold boldly of all that has been so freely made available.
What? know yet not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
The very moment we gave our lives to Jesus, the Holy Spirit took up residence within us. Ever since we have no longer been our own, and so we are being called to live not unto ourselves, but unto God. May we resolve to bring Him glory through the actions of our body which is His temple, and may we rejoice in our spirit communing with His Spirit. And let us live every day knowing that we belong to the Lord, that we have been bought with a price, thereby opening ourselves to the life of victory and service to the kingdom that God has called us to live.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
Each of us has been created with a unique destiny and purpose. No matter where we may find ourselves or what our past may have looked like, God has created us for good works. Our task is to look to Jesus, and to trust what He has put in our hearts. Perhaps we cannot see exactly where this will lead us, but one thing is certain: as we remain faithful, as we trust Him, we will find ourselves led into opportunities to shine His light and to serve in exactly the way God has purposed it for us.
If you then were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:1-2 (NKJV)
This passage speaks first of our position in Christ, which is that we have been raised with Him. This is the spiritual truth about every born again Christian: our old self has died, and we have been given a new born again self that is united with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Now in order for us to begin to live out of this truth, we are instructed to set our minds on things above rather than earthly things. This means to think about, to meditate on, and to consider heavenly realities. Simply put, we are called to approach everything from knowing who we are in Christ: victorious overcomers who have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness! The more that we make this shift in heart and mind, the more will we lay hold of all that the grace of God has freely provided for us in Christ Jesus.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
These words of Jesus remind us that when we come to Christ, we are invited to enter into rest. Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
Hebrews 3:14 (KJV)
We are made partakers of Christ by seeing the glory of God made manifest in and through our lives. God is wanting to shower us with His goodness. The key to seeing this come to pass is to hold on to the same faith that has gotten us saved in the first place; in other words, we believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths that we are now living in the victory that Jesus has won for us. And so today, let us be steadfast in our confidence of seeing God’s goodness and favor in our lives.
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:28-29 (KJV)
Faith enables the glory of God to be made manifest in our lives. When healing the blind men, Jesus implied that it was their faith that enabled Him to do so. And so in our walk with the Lord, we are called to continuously excercise our faith. As we do this, let us remember that we serve a God who can do what no one else can do, and His desire is to bring wholeness into all of the areas of our lives. Today, live in the confident expectation of God’s goodness, and be on the lookout for the evidence of His grace and favor to show up in your life.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquties.
Acts 3:26 (KJV)
How comforting it is to know that God’s purpose for sending His Son into the world and raising Him from the dead was to bless us! And so let no one ever doubt that it is God’s desire for us that we be blessed in every area of our lives. God has willed that in Jesus we be set free from the bondage of inquity, and that we enter into faith-filled and victorious living. All of this has already been freely provided for us in and through the finished works of our Lord Jesus, and all that is left for us to do is to receive this precious gift by faith. So today, let us rejoice as we consider the enormous blessing that is upon our lives, and may we purpose in our hearts that we will take hold of this glorious victory that was won for us two thousand years ago.
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.
John 10:10 (KJV)
In Jesus we have been given life more abundantly. This means we may believe for an abundance of joy, peace and fulfillment in every area of our lives, and we may confidently expect for our needs to be supplied. Anything that would attempt to rob us of this does not represent God’s heart for us, and as the children of the Most High we may rest assured that as we keep looking to Him, as we hold fast to the name that is above every other name, we will be victorious over any circumstance or condition.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psalm 91:1-2 (KJV)
God is telling us we need not live in fear and uncertainty, but that in all things we may trust and rely upon Him for our safety and protection. Dwelling in the secret place of the most High means that we keep our hearts set on Him, communing with the Lord in the innermost depths of our being. And it is out of this abiding in Him that we then confess and declare our trust in His continual guidance and provision. Let us be assured that as we live in this way, peace will fill our hearts independent of circumstances and conditions, and we will find ourselves living with a boldness and confidence that the world cannot give us.