Thursday, October 31, 2013

We Will Enforce Christ's Victory

In the midst of shimmering light
He embraced the dark
While surrounded by God’s presence
Iniquity was found in him
A hideous sight

He declared war
On the Sovereign Lord
Though he’s already lost the battle
He still fights

We are in Christ
Satan’s kingdom is under our feet 

We turn our eyes to You Lord Jesus
Worthy of all our praises
Let the enemy flee
And run for the hills

Let the kingdom of darkness
Feel the full weight of the sword 

Because of Jesus our Champion
We are more than conquerors
We will enforce Christ’s victory

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18

When I first met the Lord as a teenager, I was plagued with many fears. At this time in my life, I struggled with feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem. But once I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, a new dynamic entered my life. I began to experience the love of the Father. The Holy Spirit ministered to me through His word, His Presence, and His people. The fears that once shaped me began to diminish in their power over me. As I grew in my relationship with God, I also grew in faith and confidence. Today I am still tempted at times to fear when circumstances arise, but I have learned to give my troubles to God and to allow Him to shower me with His love. His love makes me strong and His love will make you strong as well.

God's love is perfect, and His perfect love really does drive away fear. Fear is a spirit. It says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. This promise is for us. We don't have to live with fear. Fear debilitates, it destroys. But with the Lord in our lives, we can win the victory over fear. We can allow His love to set us completely free. It may take time – it did for me. I found it helpful to meditate on scriptures that speak of God's love. Our Lord's truth brings deliverance; it brings us freedom.

If you are struggling with fear of any kind, I encourage you to invite the Lord into your situation. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. Meditate on scriptures that speak of the love of God. His perfect love will surely drive away your fears.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for Your great love. Lord I surrender my every fear to You. I thank you that You live in me and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Spirit of fear I bind you in the name of Jesus and I command you to leave me now. Holy Spirit come in your loving way and fill me. Thank you for giving me victory over every fear. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.    

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We Have Overcome

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

The Bible says that those who have accepted Christ as their Savior are positioned “in Christ”. This is how God sees us. Like a bookmark enveloped in the pages of a book, we have been placed inside our Lord. Wherever the book goes, so goes the bookmark. In Christ we died. In Christ we rose again. In Christ we defeated the grave.

Jesus said we should take heart because He has overcome the world. We too have overcome the world. We are overcomers now in this life. We are not trying to overcome: we have overcome. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. When we mix the promise of being an overcomer with our faith, we begin to experience this truth. When we believe we are overcomers, His Spirit backs up our faith and we can live out the reality of this promise.

This means whatever we are facing, God will enable us to win the battle. This means we can meet each day with a victory mindset. We are more than conquerers, victors because of our relationship with Christ. It doesn't matter how many times we have failed in the past; God desires to give us a fresh start. As we meditate on who we are in Christ, we can grow in our ability to overcome. In His strength we overcome in spiritual warfare, through financial difficulty, in sickness, and in every area of life.

We can learn to confess or profess the word of God concerning our position in Christ. When we speak God's word over our lives, our tongue – like the rudder of a ship – helps to bring God's promises into reality.

God sees us as overcomers because we are positioned in Christ. Let's stand on the promises of God and learn to live the victorious life that our Lord desires us to walk in. Let's declare God's word over our lives and begin to live out the overcoming life that Christ has purchased for us on the cross.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for making me an overcomer. Thank you that You have given me victory over every situation I come against. Lord I love you, and I praise you for all You've done. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.