For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. Worldly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalm 98:4 (KJV)
Praise announces that the victory has already been won. When we praise God and rejoice in Him, mountains melt away and we open ourselves to seeing God’s glory manifesting in our lives. Let us have a heart of continual praise and rejoice in Him on the mountaintop and in the valley, for He is truly worthy of all praise!
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)
When we gave our lives to Jesus, His Holy Spirit took up residence within us. This means God’s presence and power now dwell in us. And so 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 purpose God has called us to live.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
Grace always builds us up. Religion tends to be about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, whereas grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves and to thank God that He has already made available what we need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we were made righteous in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:24 (KJV)
The purpose of the law of Moses was to show us that through our performance we could never come into right standing with God. The law therefore was our schoolmaster to bring us to an end of ourselves and to Christ. Now we are made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God—not through anything we have done or could ever do—but simply by receiving Jesus as our righteousness. This releases us from the burden of performance-based thinking and into the joy and peace that comes with living as the sons and daughters of the Most High God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
Power, strength and victory in the Christian life are directly tied to the resurrection of Jesus. When He overcame sin, death and the grave, we overcame with Him! In Christ we have the victory over every difficulty or adversity we could ever face. And so it does not matter what it seems like in the natural, our starting point as Believers is always victory; and out of this we move from victory to victory!