So, what kind of seeds are YOU planting?
Are YOU leaving a mark on other peoples' lives?
Welcome to 2014! We have good news for you as you begin this New Year: There is never a problem the devil has devised that God cannot fix. Not a single one!
No matter how difficult of a situation you may be facing, God has a solution. He has your victory!
The doctors may have told you there is no hope. Your bank account may be empty, and the creditors knocking on the door. There may be trouble in your family or on your job. Your problems may be stacked so high, you feel like you can never overcome them, much less come out on top.
But Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. He made every provision for you to live an abundant life, with nothing missing and nothing broken. The victory is already yours…but you have to step into it with a spirit of faith.
STEP OUT with a Spirit of Faith
The spirit of faith believes the Word of God.
And it believes the Word of God just because God said it, whether or not natural circumstances agree or not. Listen to this description of the spirit of faith:
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written,
“I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things
which are not seen are eternal". – 2 Corinthians 4:13, 18, New King James Version
What do you need a spirit of faith for? If you want to maintain a spirit of faith in the area of healing, for example, you must start by finding out what God says about it. Then, you must choose to receive the Word as the truth. The same goes for your finances, your family, your relationships, your job and so on. When you believe the Word of God, you open a window to your life that gives God the opportunity to enter in. Without faith there is no victory.
STEP UP and Fight the Good Fight
Once you start believing the Word of God for your situation, you will have a fight of faith on your hands.
But the Bible says it’s a good fight! Why? Because you always win when you believe God. Still, it will take some hard work.
The Bible says that Satan comes immediately to steal the Word. You will be tempted to doubt and not believe. Combat this by casting down thoughts that are contrary to what Scripture says, and replace them with God’s promises, His thoughts. Keep putting the Word in your heart—every day—until faith rises up within you.
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
− 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV
Having the Word in your mind is good, but having it in your heart as well is powerful. Second Corinthians says, “I believed, and therefore have spoken…” The spirit of faith stands in the midst of impossible circumstances, believes God anyway, and begins to speak the Word of God. When cancer attacks, faith doesn’t say, “I’m dying of cancer.” Faith says, “I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. Therefore, I will live and not die, and declare the works of the Lord!”
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." − Proverbs 18:21, NKJV
Resolve to make a daily confession of victory using the Scriptures, even when the circumstances don’t line up with God’s Word. It’s what you believe in your heart and say with your mouth continually that comes to pass in your life.
STEP INTO Your Victory
Victory comes when you simply persist in doing things you know to do.
Act on the knowledge of God’s Word and what He says. It’s imperative that you believe God and then act like you believe. Instead of looking at a negative situation, focus your attention on the promises of God. Keep them in front of your eyes and in your ears until you can see the answer coming to pass with the eyes of your spirit. That’s what the spirit of faith does. It looks “not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporary; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18, NKJV
This doesn’t mean you should stick your head in the sand and ignore problems. After all, they’re real! But according to the Scripture above, those circumstances are only temporary. If you persist in an attitude of victory, God will see to it that they change.
With great expectation, just watch what He does. Those areas in your life will begin to conform to the Word of God, and you will step into 2014 as your year of victory! Praise God!
~~ Kenneth Copeland
"The waves of death surrounded me; the floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death itself stared me in the face. But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I called to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears" (2 Samuel 22:5-7).
The above Scripture passage, a heartfelt cry of King David written thousands of years ago, is also very telling of the experiences of many today.
God does hear the cries of those who suffer. The Lord God is close to the brokenhearted, to those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). He is our refuge in times of trouble (Psalm 59:16).
We can become overwhelmed when we dwell on tragedy, which is exactly why the Bible tells us to set our minds on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).
When our hearts are troubled, we must seek the Lord. When we give our anxious hearts to God instead of remaining paralyzed by our fearful thoughts, we gain His peace. The Bible tells us plainly in Philippians 4:6-7:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" .
John 14:27 also notes the exchange of fear for peace. Jesus states:
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"
These are the times to remember just who our God truly is, a God who is there and a God who cares. So let us pause to consider our Great King. Let's look on heavenly things for a moment to calm our nerves.
WHO IS GOD IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY?
Always with us
The Unchanging One
The Compassionate One
Isn't it good to know how great our God is! He is our Defender, Deliverer, and Mighty God. Let us choose to trust in His goodness in these troubled times?
"The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever" (Psalm 29:10).
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3
"The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth." Psalm 115:12-15
"The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace." Psalm 29:11
"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God." Deuteronomy 28:2
Have a great day. May God's richest blessings overtake you this year.