We all fight battles in this life and some people are victorious and some are not. But every child of God has been blessed with the ability to win life’s battles and you ARE victorious even if you don’t see it or know it yet.
I’m here to share with you the secret that satan does not want you to know. How to win the war and live abundantly in the Victorious life you have been given in Christ. All it takes is faith.
The Bible is filled with promises that God has made for His people. But do we, His people, believe Him? Or better yet, do we believe that His promises are for us, in our lives, in our situations, with our past mess ups and falls? See many times we believe God can, and we believe He will, we just believe it for other people rather than believing it for our own lives.
Faith in God is the key that unlocks the windows of Heaven.
Hebrews 11:6 “and without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
So do you believe? Often times we will put our faith in man, in ourselves, in Oprah and Phil and Dr. Oz, but we don’t trust God enough to go to Him in prayer or go to His Word in the Bible and search out the Truth of what we need to be healed, saved, delivered, or made whole. Those human fixes are only going to do human things with human limitations. I don’t know about you but I don’t want any other imperfect human who can’t even fix themselves trying to fix me. I want the One who created me to fix me, to lead, guide and direct my steps, to repair me where I’m broken, and to fill my longings to make my life & me fully whole.
Jesus said “…with people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
You may be thinking “yeah that’s all fine and good for you Lisa because your life looks pretty good right now, but you don’t have a clue what I’m going through over here in mine. I’m a Christian, I’m a good person and I believe in God, but I don’t see God fulfilling any of these promises in my life that you are talking about and quite frankly I don’t have that joy and peace you say you have. As a matter of fact I already have so much stress on me that I don’t think I can take anything else.” That’s what I used to think too but my thinking was all jacked up, believing only what I could see in the natural and not what was really going on in the whole kingdom picture of things.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”
The Apostle Paul was a man who everyone would have to admit was probably beaten and tortured more than any other disciple of Christ. He was shipwrecked three times and spent most of his ministry in horrible prisons with broken bones chained not only to walls but sometimes to the prison guards themselves. But listen to what Paul, a former mass murderer of Christians, a man who came to know Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior and was transformed forever to serve Him with His whole being said:
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” – that Him Paul is talking about who gave Paul the strength he needed to survive, endure and even thrive was Jesus Christ. That same Jesus Christ died to give you the strength you need too.
2 Corinthians 12:7-11
“…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
So what kind of faith do you have? Do you have the kind of faith where you believe in God or do you have the kind of faith that you BELIEVE God, the kind that sustains you through all things you could ever face in your life?
As Christians we should know what faith is right? After all, our whole salvation is based on having faith in Jesus being the Son of God who came and died on a cross for sinners right. Well lets dig a little into that word Faith and see what God shows us it means in our personal relationship with Him.
The Latin word “Fides” where we get our English word “Faith” means to trust, believe, depend upon. That sounds about right. We trust, believe and depend upon God, or do we?
There is another word for Faith in the Greek language in which the New Testament was written, the word “Pistis” which means persuasion or to be persuaded. Yes when I heard the gospel I was persuaded that it was true, so I must have faith, I think I do.
But look at the Hebrew word “Emunah”, now that is the kind of faith we all need, the kind that counted men and women of the Old Testament as righteous, those who lived before Jesus Christ, the Son of God came and died to save the world from our sin. This emunah is the faith in which those Hero’s of Faith who are listed in Hebrews 11 possessed, the kind of faith that I had to have when my whole world was knocked out from under me when I lost my beloved 22 year old son to an overdose death.
Emunah is unshakable faith in God; a belief, conviction and inner-core knowing that defies all reason and understanding. I can tell you that because of my emunah in God, in the fact that He is all good, all knowing, all-loving, all-light and in Him is no darkness at all, that when my world caved in and the earth shook all around me, I felt the painful blows just as Paul did, but I stood on emunah and was not destroyed. I knew that my God would see me through the pain and heal me and bring me out into the land of the living.
According to Rabbi Tzvi Freeman,” When a person has a profound emunah faith, he feels this truth to be part and parcel of his very own essence and being. Emunah is not based on reason,” (that is, it isn’t just something you know or think with your human mind emunah is deeper than human reasoning. Emunah comes from the heart- that is the mind, will and emotions. “Emunah is believing in a truth (in God) so deeply that it is similar to one who has seen something first hand.” Emunah can be further enhanced by wisdom, understanding and knowledge,” so we should pray, asking Holy Spirit to give us greater wisdom, understanding and knowledge, “but (as Rabbi Freeman explains,) “emunah is not based on human reasoning. It is through God’s acting and speaking to us in ways that nurture and inspire us in our times of need that we see evidence of Him and His trustworthiness.”
In other words, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Psalm 119:71-72
It has been through hardship and pain in my life and seeing evidence of God and His trustworthiness during those afflictions that I have come to truly know Jesus Christ as not only my personal Savior and Master, but also my friend; I have come to know God the Father as my Abba (Daddy), and I have come to know Holy Spirit as my Comforter, with me drawing closer to each one of them in more intimacy and they in turn drawing more close to me through each affliction strengthening my faith with each affliction. Don’t get me wrong I still felt the pain of each affliction, but I survived and thrived seeing my Abba’s hand of mercy covering me like a shield and a blanket of love.
Like the Apostle Paul I’ve had great affliction and heartache this side of salvation, but I also had great affliction and heartache before I surrendered my all to Christ and I can tell you with Him is much better than suffering without Him.
Within a 5 year period beginning in 2008, my Daddy, my son, and my older sister all died; my marriage ended, my home that my Daddy and sons helped build with their own hands was sold as were most of my personal belongings. My then ex-husband died and my only surviving son took a job that moved him 22 hours away from me where he still lives today and I only get to see him about once or twice a year at most. But God! Here I stand, blessed more than I could ever imagine or deserve, living a life of peace and joy.
Today I am very happily married to a godly man that is just precious, one that I minister alongside of to the women in recovery transition that the Lord has brought in to live with us that we disciple and mentor. These ladies are spiritual daughters filling our hearts and our home with love; a home my husband built many years ago with his own hands, a home dedicated to God, Grace House, where we love and serve these precious ladies. I have more joy and more peace than I have ever known and after leaving my full-time job in 2012, I now serve the Lord full time in my destiny purpose ministering, not lacking in any need.
I’m no more immune to affliction than anyone, but like Paul I’ve also learned through the affliction to be content with whatever I have, wherever I am and with whomever God has brought into my life for however long the season is that they are there. As long as I have my Savior, I have all I need. He fulfills my every need and places desires in my heart that he fulfills also. I have an intimate relationship with Holy Spirit within me, the One Who comforts me and brings me great love, peace, and joy and all of the fruit of the Spirit as stated in Galatians 5:23.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 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.”
Sincere faith is powerful; it is the means by which we can operate in the power of the Holy Spirit in us, giving us the power and authority to overcome all things, all obstacles, all strongholds, and all enemies. Without sincere faith, we can do nothing to overcome, and we can actually hinder Holy Spirit from moving and working on our behalf and working through us.
Faith and hope are assurance from your heart and mind that God is, God can, God will and God does!
2 Corinthians 2:14 “But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”
Do not put your faith in man or what you see with the physical eye. Put your faith in God and look with your God goggles on looking with your spiritual eyes, and believe God that He is faithful and He is able.
Philippians 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
God loves you and I love you. Keep Walking!