Victory Over Your World
As we mentioned last time. If you choose or chose Jesus Christ, then there are things that we can expect from God and know about God, eternity and how to be sure, 100%, that you will go to heaven no matter what and, how we can have victory in this world, in life.
The church is all those who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation. These are believers from the time of Jesus’s resurrection until now and includes those who believe until the rapture of believers. Tribulation saints are not the same as “the church” the bride of Christ. That is a doctrinal teaching we may get into in the future.
After Jesus tells his disciples he is going to leave them and send them the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, Jesus prays for his disciples and future believers in John 17. The whole chapter is Jesus’s prayer but there are a couple things I wanted to point out.
1) The world would hate true believers, verse 14.
2) That true believers would be kept from evil, verse 15.
3) True believers are sent into the world (to preach the gospel), verse 18.
4) The prayer includes us, 21st century true believers, see verse 20.
Then look at verse 24 – John 17:24 KJV
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”
This is a clear distinction between the Old Testament believers and those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is praying for “the church” those who are one in Christ, Jew and Gentile, male and female, all believers in Christ. That means, if we are with Christ beholding his glory, as Jesus prayed, that sets the church apart as something special. Not only those in Jesus time but those of us who believe because of their word.
Remember I said at the top of this post, there are things we can know about God and expect. We will see the glory of Jesus and we will be with him, personally with him. But this is not all, we have promises from God, for us as believers. We also learn of our 2 “mans” 2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” And Paul makes it clear, there is an unseen world in verse 18. 2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
If we are to have victory in this world, victory over problems, victory over the devil, how do we get this victory? After all, as believers we are still in this world but we are not a part of this world, so how do we get victory? Glad you asked.
1 John 5:4 KJV “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” And how do we get faith? Romans 10:17 KJV “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Clearly, we can overcome this world with faith and we get this faith from the word of God. So we speak the word of God to obtain victory and Jesus showed us how to do this in Matthew 4:1-11. Even when it does not look like things have changed, we still speak God’s word out loud. There is a catch, you have to believe it in your heart for it to be effective. If you are just speaking God’s word and you have doubt, (doubt is a lack of faith) then you will not see the victory. Plus, don’t forget, it took Jesus 3 times before the devil left him for a while. It may take you and me speaking God’s word out loud several times before we get the victory. Maybe we need to speak it to get it into our heart first and then to get the victory. But know this, we will get the victory if we do things God’s way.
The words we speak either speak life and blessings or they speak death and despair. Think not only of political candidates and what they are speaking, but think of your boss, your family and friends and finally, what are you speaking. Tomorrow, I have an experiment for you to do and you will be shocked of the results. Hope you join us and share with your friends this experiment and you can change your life, your family and your world with the words you speak. Until next time my friends.