Remember Your Victory and Regain Your Strength
In recent days I have spoken with many brothers and sisters that are going through so many of life ups and downs. During these conversations one central theme rings clear; they have received from the enemy a sense of defeat, depression and a feeling of worthlessness and hopelessness.
When the burdens of life seem to multiply in the life of a Christian (as sometimes they will) the weight does indeed seem as if it is too much to bear. Often times it is difficult to find the strength to persevere. There will be those that may say, "I thought you were a Christian, what are you doing feeling defeated?" Have you ever been there?
Well, so many are there, even now. One sure way of coming out of this basement of despair, defeat and depression is to use the wonderful blessing of memory. Throughout the word of God we are reminded to remind God. (Isa:43:26 "Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.") The blessing of memory can reverse the curse of the enemy. By remembering what God has promised and "doing" that which He requires can right the life that feels like the leaning tower of Pisa.
Whether Satan uses your past against you, or he sends some setback, reversal or other trial and tribulation, we can at all times remember, "That the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb:4:12). We can remember that Jeremiah 29:11 reveals the plans that God has for us, "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." Also, 1 Cor.10:13, for truly God has not put anymore on you than you can bear. Often times these are growth areas in our lives to lead us to our "wealthy" place in God!
When we remember that Satan always uses the weapons of deception and fear in an effort to tempt us to believe his lies; we must never forget that he is the "Father of lies" and we should not allow anyone nor anything to lie to us. We are indeed more than conquerors through Christ that Loves us and gave Himself for us (Rom 8:37). Now one primary reason that we don't exercise the Strength that we have in Christ and Walk in the Victory received by Christ is... we have lost, not believed or have not received the knowledge of Christ and what He has done. Not that we have not heard it but that we have not truly, genuinely, and sincerely believed it. Rom:10:16, "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?"
It is not enough to simply, go to church or sit home and receive the word of God into the ear gate but we must allow that word to saturate and "marinate" if you will, into our innermost being. Very simply, the word received "in Faith" will operate "by Faith." Then we can actualize and make expressive the word of God. Then truly we will not only recite but exemplify, and personify "doing all things through Christ which strengtheneth us" (Phil:4:13).
Here's a few things to remember the next time the enemy comes against you like a flood. Remember to inform him that..."There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" Romans 8:1-2; "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 1John:5:4-5 and really remind him that, "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."(Rev 20:10)
Do remember and remind the enemy that Christ is the Head of the Church and every born again believer is a part of that body jointly fit together. The Head has overcome and conquered sin, death, and the devil. Therefore, the Body (YOU and I ) have received the same Victory. The body cannot be defeated when the Head has already Conquered! We are more than conquerors through Christ that loved us! "Let the weak say, I am strong"; Death and life are in the power of the tongue: Remember Your Victory and Regain Your Strength!
Let That Marinate!
Pastor Jerome A. Rogers, Sr.