For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith: (1 John 5:4) Faith is the victory that has overcome the world! There’s no battle left for any of God’s children to fight. Every battle has been fought and won by Jesus. All He expects today is for us to live in the realm of the finished works by maintaining the victory which he obtained for us as a result of His death, burial and resurrection. As we consistently take our stand in faith against sickness, disease, poverty, death and every other manipulations of the devil, we are maintaining our victory in Christ Jesus.
You must completely reject anything that hurts or binds because you’ve been delivered from all the oppression of the enemy. Life in Christ is a super-life; it’s a daily expression of victorious and triumphant living! 2 Corinthians 2:14 says; Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ! Notice it didn’t say we’re triumphant sometimes but always! I tell you, there’s no defeat for the Christian. A true Christian does not fail in life, he’s an all-round success.
Hear me, when you come to that level where faith becomes your conscious lifestyle, you’ll never have cause to despair, and neither would you any more give room for despondency in your life. You will not blame anybody for whatever problems you find yourself facing because you’ll discover that you’re responsible for whatever happens to you. Nobody can make you poor, sick, or subject to the low life of a victim because you operate daily by faith! Faith is the victory that overcomes the world and its systems, Hallelujah!
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).
The word “reckon” as used above originates from the Greek word “logizomai” which is actually an accounting term. It means to take inventory or stock of something such that there’re no assumptions. In Accounting, you deal with specific figures and data, not assumptions.
When the Word urges you to “reckon yourself to be dead to sin, but alive unto God,” it means you should “account yourself” to be ungoverned or undominated by sin. You must take whatever God says about you as absolute truth. His Word says you’re dead to sin, therefore refuse to let sin dominate you: “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
Romans 8:37 says you’re more than a conqueror, therefore reckon yourself as such and begin to live as a victor, and not a victim. This is how to relate with the Word; you reckon (account) it to be absolute reality. However, for you to account yourself to be what the Word says, you must first know it. You must study the Word and keep getting it into your spirit; take it as the truth to live by, for it is. Reckon yourself to be exactly what the Word says.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7). The Lord has ordained for your life to be full of His glory through Christ Jesus. There’s no limit to how glorious and blissful your life should be. There’s no end to your prosperity, victory, success and advancement! Christ in you takes away the limits.
The glory of God came into your life the day you were born again. Therefore, your life ought to move from one realm of glory to another and from faith to faith. Tomorrow should be better than today, next year should be greater than this year; that’s the life of the Christian! You can have the glory of God manifested in your life, your job, your finances, your family, everyday in an ever-increasing measure. The path of the righteous is as a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). That’s the description of your life. However, if your life is different from that, something is amiss.
It means you’re not looking at the glory of God which is the Word of God: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). God has brought you into a life of rest, peace and fulfilment and He expects you to operate from that position of rest. That’s the gospel of Jesus Christ in a nutshell! You need to take the Word of God more seriously. When you do, you’ll never see the shadows; you’ll see only the ever-increasing glory of God in your life. This is life beyond limits!
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints… which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:26-27).
The one who’s born again is guaranteed of a glorious future, one filled with advancement. You can know what kind of life you’re going to have or what your future will be like. The future isn’t supposed to be a mystery. Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life is to show you the future: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13). If you have received the Holy Spirit, no more should you be in the dark about the future! How does He show us the future? It’s by taking of that which belongs to Jesus, and showing it unto us: “All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:15).
The future belongs to God. The Holy Ghost takes that future and unveils it to you through the Word. Therefore, you can tell what your life is going to be; you can plan your life. There’re those who say, “Well, we never can tell what God’s going to do. Nobody knows tomorrow.” Some will even say, “God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.” God isn’t mysterious; it’s Satan that’s mysterious.
To be mysterious means to be strange, cryptic, furtive, cagey, or unpredictable, and God isn’t that way. He gave us His Word so we can understand His will and understand His thoughts towards us. He said in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” That expected future is one of success and advancement.
As you walk in His Word, in His preordained pathways, you’ll discover that He created you for glory, honour, success and excellence. Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) says, “For we are God’s [own]handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew]that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]”. So let your imaginations be filled with pictures of advancement, progress and success because that is what the future holds for you. Hallelujah!
…Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 7:12).
One important thing you can give to God is your praise and thanksgiving. In Luke 17:17, Jesus asked the leper who returned to give thanks, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine.” In Matthew 26:27, Jesus gave thanks to God for the cup – His own blood that would be shed! David wanted to show kindness to anyone who was left of the house of Saul, because of his gratitude to his friend Jonathan (2 Samuel 9:7). Elisha prayed for the woman who provided him with food and shelter to have a child – that was his expression of gratitude for the love she had shown to him (2 Kings 4:12-17).
Maybe you’re thinking to yourself that there’s particularly nothing to be thankful for; you’re thinking, “After all, I’m sick” “I’m unhappy”; “I have bills to pay.” Well, if you’re a Christian, your life ought to be radiant and full of thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:20 says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Your prayers must be filled with gratitude, irrespective of what you feel or what you’re going through. Do not only acknowledge what you can see, rather acknowledge what God has done, because that is what keeps you living a life of gratitude.
Give God your praise and thanksgiving today as a demonstration of your gratitude for all He’s done for you. He deserves all your praise and adoration.
Congregants experience joyous bliss in spite of pouring rain at the Night of Bliss.
Dancing and celebration at the FNB Stadium as rain poured during the earlier hours of the ongoing Night of Bliss Johannesburg was evidence that God’s plans and desires for everyone in the auditorium would not go unfulfilled.The choir excitedly leads the teeming crowd in the rain.
In the featured picture, thousands rejoice in the Holy Ghost, giving credence to the tag of tonight’s program. Of a surety, the miracles and testimonies of the many from different nations cannot be stopped; what a night!
The children were not left out of the excitement.
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