KEY VERSE: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. —I Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)

Key #36: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.— 1 John 5:4 (NASB)

Victory over the World

The age we live in is under the influence of darkness.  It bombards us daily.  Society challenges us, financial pressures surround us and interactions with a lost humanity try to pull us down.  I cannot understand how anyone can try to fight this in his own strength!  We have but one call: to live by faith.  As long as we are in the body, we must put our faith in Christ who has overcome the world for us.

Our faith in God to show up in the areas of life that confront us is our strongest front.  Simply believing the promises of His Word, holding them higher in our hearts than the circumstances that are pressing against us, and resting in that, brings victory.  The Bible shows us that we are aliens of this world-age, and our true citizenship is in heaven.  The Bible also tells us to ‘”love not” this world-age and to live by faith with our eyes focused upon Him.

I’m sure you’ve heard without faith it is impossible to please God.” Without faith, brothers and sisters, it is impossible to overcome this world.  We inherit a kingdom that is not of flesh and blood, but a kingdom which cannot be shaken—a kingdom where victorious living is possible in this world to those who would live it by faith.  Our faith changes things, and that’s real breakthrough!

Confession: I am an overcomer.  My faith overcomes the world.

Prayer: Father God, may I meet the challenges of life by faith in Christ’s accomplished work.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Do I live life by faith? What does this mean to me?

Resources: Book: Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs, Bruce Wilkinson

Key #37: For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.—Romans 8:6 (NASB)

Victory over the Flesh

Everyone struggles with the flesh.  There is but one answer; kill it.  This is the first key to unlocking this breakthrough. I’m not talking about a literal physical death, but there is an attitude that we must adopt in our hearts, as Paul says, “I die daily.”  We daily find those desires that are contrary to God’s Word and will in us, and bring them to the cross of Christ and leave them there.  We walk as new creations in Christ Jesus.

The problem is the flesh doesn’t want to die, but rather its will is to do anything it can to live.  It will try to act religious, try to tell us it can change and try to linger as long as it can. Don’t be fooled.  We must live by the spirit and not by the flesh.  They cannot co-exist in harmony.

Where we set our minds is the second key to this breakthrough: we must sow to the spirit. We must do something with God’s Word and communion prayer to sow into our recreated human spirit.  We can’t be sowing to the flesh and the spirit at the same time.  This is what we call a miserable Christian!  Victory over the flesh is available to us daily, but we have to make the correct daily choices, using the spiritual keys God’s Word has given us in order to walk in the victory He intended for us to have.  Try fasting—the flesh hates it!

Confession: I set my mind on the Spirit and chose life.

Prayer: Father God, guide me daily by Your Spirit on how to sow to the spirit and not to the flesh.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Where in my life do I continually sow to the flesh?

Resources: Books: Victory Over Temptation, Bruce Wilkinson; The Three Battlegrounds, Francis Frangipane

Key #38: When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. —Colossians 2:15 (NASB)

Victory over the Devil

The Biblical truth is that Jesus has already defeated the devil at the cross of Calvary, and left him an eternal “cripple” (Hebrews 2:14, 15). We start with this fact. Scripture also shows us that Satan is the god of this age, and since our physical bodies are in this realm, there is warfare against the Church.  The good news is that it is a spiritual warfare where we have spiritual defensive and offensive weapons in Christ that are superior to that of the dominion of darkness.  We enforce Jesus’ victory at the cross.  An example would be Berlin in WWII by the end of the war.  The Nazis were fighting a losing battle, whereas the Allied Forces were fighting a winning battle.  Yet, it was a battle!  The Christian has the winning battle, and the dominion of darkness has the losing battle.  This is good news!

All the devil has to offer the Christian is lies and deception.  Paul tells us we should not be ignorant of his schemes.  We have the weapons of the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus, and the use of the Name of Jesus.  These are complete weapons.  They work! Christians lose in spiritual warfare when they are ignorant of them, lose patience, live in the flesh, act in double-mindedness, and live married to the world.  No believer should ever lose in spiritual warfare.

The breakthrough in this area is holiness.  Holy living and holy pursuits greatly empower the believer.  Coupled with avoiding the reasons why Christians lose (in the above paragraph), these components ensure victorious living.  If the individual believer and the Church corporately get it together in this area, we’d probably win the whole nation to Christ!  Unfortunately, not all choose life.  It does come down to daily choices.  What will your choice be?

Confession: Jesus has set me free.  The devil is defeated in my life.

Prayer: Father God, may the eyes of my heart be enlightened to comprehend the victory I have in Christ over the dominion of darkness, and may I live accordingly in holiness, never taking this for granted.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Am I fighting the good fight of faith?  Do I lack in personal holiness?  Do I understand the danger of being married to the world?  Where am I in love with this world-age?

Resources: Books: Know Your Enemy, Novel Hayes; Victory Over Darkness, Neil Anderson

Key #39: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.—Romans 10:10 (KJV)

The Victory of our Confession

Confession means saying the same as.  We possess what we confess.  Christians need to get this.  What we speak out of our mouths will affect our lives for the good or for the bad.  The day to day victory we can live in as believers is directly related to what comes out of our mouths.  When the Word of God is the profession and confession of our lips, we are putting the truth of God’s promises in motion coupled with our faith.  Faith has a voice and must speak, and the voice of faith is the confession of our victory found in Christ.

Too often Christians mix their words.  They’ll speak the Word of God, but they mix their conversations with complaining, murmuring, gossip, words of fear, adverse circumstances, and doubt.  Scripture clearly shows us a double-minded man receives nothing.  Double-minded conversational confessions go nowhere and produce no victorious living.

People need a breakthrough in this area.  It is a decision and a daily choice to correct our speech, and begin to get our conversations to line up with the confession of God’s Word. There is no “Plan B”.  Either you do or you don’t.  Victory is available to all, yet not all grasp the seriousness of this.  I hope we all get a breakthrough in this area of life.  Faith first, and second speaking in faith from our lips the truths of God’s Word, the victory Christ has won for us.  There is victory in our confession!

Confession: I confess the victory of the Cross in my life and I shall eat the fruit thereof.  Not one of my God’s promises shall fail me; they are yes and Amen to me!

Prayer: Father God, help me to see the importance of my conversation lining up with the truth of Your Word.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: What comes out of my mouth?  Do I speak the belief I have in God’s promises, or do I speak the problem?  Does my confession and conversation please the Master?

Resources: Books: Faith and Confession, Charles Capps; The Tongue A Creative Force, Charles Capps

Key #40: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Corinthians 15:57 (NASB)

Victorious Living

Victorious living is the normal Christian life.  The average Christian life in America is far from this, but we are not called to the average Christian life; we are called to the normal Christian life where the victory of the Cross reigns in our lives.  It should be normal to live victoriously. It should be normal to have triumph over the world, the flesh, and the devil.  It is normal to live in the Spirit.

Living in Christ’s victory, living a spirit-controlled life is a series of daily choices.  Choices to submit to God, to put the flesh under the control of the spirit, to resist the devil, and to listen to guidance of the Spirit of God.  Daily choices to guard our hearts, guard the ear and eye gates entrances to our hearts, and to hide His Word in us, so that we might not sin against Him.  Letting the victory of the Cross triumph in us should be as easy as breathing.

This spiritual breathing becomes difficult and labored when we do not yield to the Spirit of God and sow to the flesh.  I’m sure many need a breakthrough in their walk with God.  I encourage you to let Christ reign in your life and cease being lord over your own life.  To the degree we will yield to Him and rest in His accomplished work, will be the degree to which we will experience victorious living.  A major key in all of this is being a thankful people.  A thankful people live in victory!

Confession: I live in Christ’s victory.

Prayer: Father God, it is with thanksgiving in my heart that the victory I live in has come through Christ’s accomplished work.  May my heart and lips remain thankful all my days.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Am I living in constant thanksgiving for God’s goodness?

Resources: Books: Full Life In Christ, Andrew Murray; Spirit-Controlled Life, Bob Yandian