Trent's Muse - Already Victorious
Thought for the week:
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.
Then God made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins. He cancelled the record of
the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, He disarmed
the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.
Look at verse 15 again In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. … by his victory over them on the cross. Another version says that he triumphed over them. Jesus has disarmed both rulers and authorities, making a mockery of their power in the process and celebrating His own triumph over them by the cross.
It is Christ that defeated all powers and principalities. 2 Chronicles 20:15 very clearly tells us that the battle is not ours but the Lord's. What does that mean? It means we are already victorious. We serve a powerful King who loves to fight! He laughs at those who oppose him (Psalms 2:4; 37:13). In the Kingdom, we fight from victory; not towards it. Jesus has already won. In Him we partake of His overcoming. We are more than conquerors because we know the outcome before we enter the fray.
In Christ, our posture before the enemy must reflect our status in the Kingdom:
· We are an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ.
· We have been given power and authority through the Holy Spirit.
· In warfare, we rejoice before we pray.
· We give thanks for His majesty and supremacy.
· We are not overcome by our circumstances, we are overwhelmed by sovereignty.
· We are too busy being fascinated by Jesus to be intimidated by the enemy.
· We rejoice so that our praying can be powerful and effective.
· We praise because we occupy the position of an overcomer.
· We stand in this space and we occupy our standing in Jesus through praise of His Majesty.
The battle is won already; it is our partnering with victory that guarantees the outcome.
We stand in this space and we occupy our standing in Jesus through praise of His Majesty. The battle is won already; it is our partnering with victory that guarantees the outcome. However listen carefully –
The battle is not ours to win ... it is ours to lose
See we have the capacity to lose this battle only by default. We will lose because we do not know how to stand. Lack of true rejoicing and thanksgiving will always empower the enemy at our expense. The power of wickedness may increase in our perception if our worship is diminished and our focus on Jesus is reduced.
The only viable answer to intimidation is an increase in intimacy with the Lord. David was a "man after God's own heart;" - a worshipper. His intimacy gave him power over the intimidation of Goliath. He became a giant killer.
We can lose every fight if we have no focus. If our lives display a lack of worship we will never even show up for the fight.
We cry out to God for power when He has already given us authority in Jesus' name. In rejoicing we receive revelation of our overcoming.
In every battle always place our focus fully and completely on Him. Build a mighty fortress of intimacy with Him and then when the battle comes you will be sure of great victory.
Only by resting in me will you be saved.
Learn to live from that place of victory and rest confident in
the fullness of the work of Christ
Grace and Peace