1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.

We’ll never discover we are overcomers until we have something to overcome. Our Christian life moves in the opposite direction to the culture of this age. We find ourselves with far more challenges than we want. Yet, faith to overcome is available whenever we face difficult circumstances, when we fail, when things don’t go the way they should. When life is at its worst, we move into faith, the attitude of the overcomer. We declare we’re going to make it, that we will win. This won’t bury us. We’ll only go higher. We accept the fact there will be difficulties, setbacks, but that’s okay because we know we’ll cross the finish line in victory. We’ll beat the odds. Darkness doesn’t overpower us. We overcome darkness. That’s just how we are. That’s how it is. Defeats don’t have to defeat us. Failure doesn’t make us a failure. These things happen. Everybody in life makes a mistake or fails at various times. It’s part of living. What we do with those failures, and how we react to those times, is the reason we will either ultimately make it to the other side or not. We overcome.

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As soon as we receive Christ we are born into royalty. As He is a King so are we. We are born into kingship. We are born to rule and to reign with Him.

Romans 5:17 (TLB) – The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are KINGS OF LIFE because of this one man, Jesus Christ.

When the disciples are sinking in their boat because of an enormous storm, they run to Jesus to help them, however, there’s a problem, He’s asleep. Theirs is the deepest felt distress they’ve ever known, yet their Saviour is calmly asleep! How could this be when they’re in such danger? They immediately accuse Him of being uncaring. ‘Do you not care that we are perishing?’ (Mark 4:38) When we interpret God’s attitude towards us through our circumstances, we will always arrive at wrong conclusions. His heart towards us is revealed through the Word of God. This is the only and final authority in every circumstance for the believer to live by. When we fail to rise up in faith, we will arise with accusations against God for not doing what we expected He would. However, He is wanting us to do those things that we are waiting for Him to do.

God sleeps so WE will wake up.

Awake to what? To who we are and what we have. We have lived under ‘wilderness conditions’ for too long. ‘Wilderness conditions’ is where we expect God to do it all, to make water pour from a rock, provide bread and meat from heaven, cover us from heat in the day with a cloud, and warm us with a pillar of fire at night. However, God is unwilling for us to stay in this position – where He does it all. He intends that we’ll begin to rule in life taking charge over our circumstances. We’re the ones meant to be slaying the giants. Not God! He’ll help. He’ll move in our moving. But He’s trying to get you and I to discover the power He’s deposited in us. Sometimes God seems asleep, completely ignoring our prayers. Why? He’s drawing up from within us our birthright, to be ruling in life, kings in the Earth. The degree of our authority reflects the degree of our submission. We have submitted ourselves to Christ, the Ruler of the Universe. We’ve submitted ourselves to the will of God by receiving His Son as our Saviour and Lord. Our purpose now is to implement the will of God through the authority He has deposited within us. Any crisis we face is designed to help us discover that power within us.

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Truth doesn’t manifest in our lives in one giant moment. We possess our promised land piece by piece. God allows time, warfare and tests so we are established in each piece of the land we possess. We learn to maintain living our lives in the reality of the truth we have appropriated.

Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

This includes a walk through the fire. When truth is put through the fire it is welded into our character. Truth is not meant to simply be retained in our minds as information, or even just in our spirit as illumination. Truth is to become who we are. We are transformed by truth. Truth becomes grounded in our character as we act on it. When we ‘see’ the love of God, it never becomes anymore than that unless we activate love in our lives. This appropriates the Word. We will meet opposition as soon as truth enters our inner man. This opposition either strengthens the truth or shakes it out. What can be shaken is shaken and what cannot be shaken is strengthened.

Our level of growth is closely connected to our level of inheritance, meaning that as we demonstrate that we are capable of handling greater blessing, then increased blessing comes into our lives.

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John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’”

The message is utterly clear. Unless we are born again, we cannot ‘see or enter’ the Kingdom of God. Unless we are born of the Holy Spirit, we are only born of the flesh. It is not an abnormal thing to be born again. It is the plan of God for every single person. All of us have been destined to be born twice. Once, of the flesh, then a second birth, from above, a spiritual birth, of God Himself!

Becoming a Christian is not about becoming religious, joining a particular denomination or subscribing to a belief system. It is about a complete transformation of nature, of motivation, of our reason for living, of our mindset, of our emotional attachments and of our spiritual awareness. It is becoming a ‘new species’ of person.

2 Cor 5:17 (AMP) Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature althogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

We receive a new nature, the nature of the Father. This nature comes from our spirit being made alive through connection with God Himself. Sin disconnects us;

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

This separation is finished when we receive Christ as our sacrifice for sin. We are forgiven, cleansed from our sins and so the separation is closed. We become connected with the Father, through which we are born of God by the Holy Spirit.

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2 Cor 8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Paul is here referring to the fact that Jesus Christ died without one possession to his name, without one stitch of clothing on His body without any money at all so that he could take poverty to the cross and secure its defeat for those who embrace the Saviour.

This Scripture is couched right in the middle of two Chapters written to the Corinthians dealing almost exclusively with the subject of money.  Many commentators have great difficulty admitting that this passage is actually dealing with money.  In fact I don’t think I’ve yet found one who agrees that Paul is speaking specifically regarding finances.  The most common comment is that it is a reference to spiritual riches.  The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is a wonderful resource and study bible, but at this point he too in the margin describes what Paul is referring to as ‘spiritual riches’; Jamieson, Fausset and Brown comes the closest saying, ‘…in the heavenly glory which constitutes His riches, and all other things, so far as is really good for us’,  Matthew Henry interprets it as, ‘rich in the love of God, rich in the blessings of the new covenant, rich in the hopes of eternal life’.  The Word Biblical Commentary, claiming a team of respected International scholars who were ‘a showcase of the best in evangelical critical scholarship for a new generation’, states regarding this verse; ‘Here, surely wealth and poverty are ciphers, not for material prosperity and penury but for spiritual exchange as the Incarnate Christ became what we are, so we could become what He is’. For that to be consistent, the scripture would have to read, ‘Christ…became (spiritually) poor, that you might become (spiritually) rich’.  This then becomes an absurd, almost blasphemous proposition.  To say or even intimate that Jesus Christ was a spiritually poor person is ludicrous. Here is a person who raised the dead, healed the sick, displayed complete prowess over demons and the devil, revealed truths regarding God, man and the entire purpose of God that have withstood every kind of test and scrutiny.  This person was not a spiritually poor person.  Rather it was because of His spiritual wealth that he was able to go to the cross and bear away the curses that afflict mankind.  Even if we limit His poverty to the time He was on the cross, claiming it was our poverty that He took, are we to conclude that the ‘hope’ he entered into was a spiritually poor position!?  To maintain any kind of hope, and faith through His ordeal demonstrates an extraordinary spiritual richness.  In our effort to read more into the statement than is actually there we make fools of ourselves and prevent God fulfilling His great promises in our lives. Jesus became poor regarding the wealth of this world on the cross, that those who receive Him may become rich with the wealth of this world.

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Rejection and disappointment are two of the major culprits for causing a poisoned sprit. Both Jesus and Paul understood the need for people who were receiving rejection to experience the opposite, both from people and God, if they were to be healed and restored.

After Peter had denied Christ three times, (just as Jesus said, ‘before the cock crows’), he told the others he was going ‘fishing’. This was a return to his previous life He was on a backward journey. His heart had been so disappointed in himself, and in Christ. He ad previously had every confidence that he would easily eclipse the devotion of the other disciples under pressure. He was sure he would never deny Christ. He had even announced his superiority of commitment to Jesus in front of the other disciples;

Matt 26:33-34 “Peter declared, ‘If everyone else deserts you, I won’t.’ Jesus told him, ‘The truth is that this very night, before the cock crows at dawn, you will deny me three times!”

We set ourselves up for a fall as soon as we become conceited in our opinion of ourselves. We also set ourselves up fro disappointment when we have expectations on ourselves that are too high. Expectations can come from:

  • What others expect of us
  • What we imagine others expect of us
  • What we think God requires of us
  • What we expect of ourselves

Peter had failed Jesus, and himself, and the others. They were all discouraged over their seemingly fickle commitment. Not one had seemed to remain as true as they would have liked. Yet the Healer of the broken heart knew that Peter needed some attention. This wound to his spirit needed to be resolved.

When Jesus appears to the disciples on the shore, he exposes the wound and then heals it by asking Peter if he really does love Him (more than the other disciples) He asks him three times, and each time reassures Peter of His love for him, and his acceptance with God, and that a great purpose still awaits him. When the interview was finished Peter was healed, yet this was not what we could call a supernatural, miraculous healing. It was the healing that happens when we know we have failed, yet we are still loved and accepted by God. This in turn helps us to accept and love ourselves in a healthy way.

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All of our life springs from our spirit, therefore it is vital we are in good spiritual health. A troubled life can only spring from a troubled fountain, That is an unwell spirit.

Prov 4:23  “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

The word used here, (Hebrew =’leb’) means ‘heart’, or the ‘centre’. It is referring to the centre of our lives. This needs to be guarded, because our whole life flows form here. The sprit that is wounded causes us to limp through life. There are many Christians who have simply died out on the battlefield and never been revived or raised back to life in Christ.

Just as our physical body needs food and water, our spirit must receive nutrition. Acts 3:19 speaks of ‘times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord’ and in the Amplified Bible, “recovery as if from the effects of heat and reviving with fresh air’. However, the upkeep of our spirit is a two-way process and we can choose to let God into our lives or not. It’s a choice we make.

The hope for believers whose spirits have been broken is only in

  1. The intercession of other Christians. It is incumbent upon the ‘mother’, the church, to intercede and bring God to bear upon these people who have simply died.
  2. A direct encounter with God Himself
  3. The Spirit of God reviving them, bringing them back to life. This is why it is so imperative for us to allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in our gatherings as Christians, because He alone brings fresh life into the Body of Christ. This is especially true for those slain in the harvest field or in the inevitable battles every Christian faces.

If we are able to deal with, resolve, and heal these illnesses before they cause great damage, we have a far greater chance of enjoying a victorious Christian life There is healing in Christ. There is always a way through!

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