Standing in the Wake of Jesus’ Victories

Many believe that it is their role to “put on the whole armor of God” and engage the enemy daily. But, these same people fail to recollect that satan is already a defeated foe, Jesus vanquished him at Calvary. For those who relate to the Bible being written in terms reflecting agrarian lifestyles, by analogy you are not obliged to conquer and cultivate the land as much as being responsible for maintaining, and harvesting the fields already bequeathed to you.

This does not mean that the world and its evil will readily yield to your authority. Rather, it will resist you with words and deeds, striking at you as ferociously as it is able. Thereby, per Ephesians 6:11-14, you are encouraged to stand, defend, resist, and claim (vocalize your belief) that in Jesus’ name your victories (prosperity in every manner needed and desired) already exist (per prior petitions – Mark 11:23-24, Matt 7:7-8).

So, when the defeated foes attack you (and yours) physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, or question your spiritual zeal, stand your ground, with praise and thanksgiving, declaring “I am (we are) already blessed in Christ!” and the supplies will be there if you believe what you say. You are not fighting for victories, rather, you are standing in the wake of Jesus’ victories.

A Prosperous Life in the Power of Your Tongue

A prosperous life is forged in the power of the tongue… Focus upon blessings and ” … life (and fruitfulness in all things) resides in the power of your tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) Spirits and people who wish poorly for you are pleased when you use the power of your words against yourself, and your loved ones. They wish to see you defeated, or simply wish more for themselves and those for whom they care. Thereby, keep your mind and related actions set on the good, the wise, the prosperous, the successful, the strong and healthy. Then always speak correspondingly favorably, and speak supportively, no matter how things appear.

Instead of saying, “I am always short of …,” say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want for …” In this sentence, “want” means “to be in lack of”, so you are stating that God will not allow you to be in lack of any good thing, because His Word tells you so. By including His Word in your prayer (Psalm 23:1), you are acknowledging the validity of His Word.

Repeated verbal recognition of an adverse situation does nothing for you. So, start saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) And, be strengthened physically, mentally, spiritually and via the fruits of every manner of the blessings of God.

Correct in Intent, Manner, and Sufficiently Resourced

After a long tiresome day, when Jesus visited the home of two sisters, Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38), Martha immediately saw His weariness and busied herself tending to His apparent needs for a comfortable place to sit, a beverage and some food. However, Mary simply sat at His feet, keeping Him company. Martha saw His weariness, knowing that Jesus had walked for miles, serving the needs of many, teaching, praying, healing, and more. Surely He was tired and needed someone to care for Him in return; she spoke to Jesus, chiding Mary for not helping her.

However, Mary saw beyond Jesus’ apparent physical needs and focused upon who He was. She would have the opportunity to play hostess to many in the future. But, the opportunity to sit with Jesus in such a personal setting, and to listen to all that He might say might not come again. She chose the better, to stay near Jesus. (Luke 10:42)

The poor in mind, body, spirit, as well as earthly goods and accommodations will always be with us. (John 12: 4-8) And, as Jesus entered their home, Martha looked at His current physical presentation as if He was temporarily the “poor in body” and it was her responsibility to attend to all of the needs she perceived. He was not one of the poor.

We are blessed performing our righteous, chosen works, including attending to the poor (Proverbs 19:17). However we must first acknowledge Jesus’ presence (Matthew 6:33), the more important thing, so that He may bless us with increasing wisdom, knowledge, well-being, and resources, receiving all through which we may better attend to our commissions; correct in intent, manner, and sufficiently resourced.

Prosper by Faith

Many Christians have never learned to prosper by faith.In our normal lifestyle, we earn in accordance with our skills and education, and the willingness of the community to pay us. Whereas God needs more than generals, politicians, professionals, and the aristocracy.

He needs all people of faith; a full range of people including those who ranch and farm, plumbers and grocers, teachers and salespersons. He needs everyone to share the gospel of faith, and the Covenant of grace with all. The promised blessings of God are the same to leaders and followers, presidents and the proletariat, everywhere. God promises and demonstrates that all Believers prosper by faith.

Renew your manner of thinking. Engage in and encourage spiritual growth wherever you are. Learn how to receive the blessings of God and how to prosper by faith.

 

 

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