There is a lot of stuff happening in our life in between our victories that is not victorious. We often feel like we are going from struggle to struggle with a fleeting moment of victory here and there, rather than living a victorious life style. Is this really God’s best for us? Haven’t we been given some better advantage in Christ Jesus? Happily, yes!
Sooo….are we fighting the good fight of faith from a point of disadvantage? Does being victorious in our life mean waiting for the victory in our circumstances? During the time of our trial or tribulation are we trying to obtain victory while being underneath the dominion of the difficulty? What about healing? During the time of sickness, injury, disease, or infirmity do we try to believe for the healing, all the while not sure if we will be healed, and not able to proclaim we are healed until after we have seen it? Or how about having our needs met. Do we wait in need during the time we begin to pray until we see the answer to prayer and the need is provided for? Is this really how we live out our faith? Or even a better question: is this really faith? Could there be a better way? A way to avoid all the time we spend waiting for the victory to make us victorious?
Consider this. According to the truth of God’s word, we are already victorious through Christ who strengthens us. We are seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. This is a NOW position that is to become our NOW reality. Our faith is active when we reach into this reality and live out our life through the perspective that we are already victorious before we ever see the victory. We are already healed before we see the healing. Our needs are already met before we see them met. This is faith: laying hold of the truth of what God’s word says and living our life from the Lord’s point of view. When we say who we are in Christ (see our life through who He says we are) we know that what He says we have we have, and what He says we can do, we can do.
If we don’t see life this way we are always fighting from a point of weakness rather than from a point of strength. We enter into the fray with uncertainty and insecurity in our soul. We want to see things turn out alright but our feelings tell us that we are not sure that they will. There is doubt in between the time that the trials and tribulations begin and when they are resolved in a positive outcome. This results in much agony, fear, anger, depression, and instability until we see the answer to prayer. This generates a life style that is not much different than those that are not Christians. We feel good when things are good, we feel bad when things are bad. We praise God when things are going well, we don’t praise Him when things are not working out. We are up because things are looking up; we are down because things are looking down. When we get a good report we are reporting good news. When we get a bad report then we are complaining about the bad news. We are excited when we get new things, we get the blues when things breakdown.
The truth is God desires that we know and understand that we are never in jeopardy no matter what things may look like now. The Lord is the stability of our times. That is why Jesus says in John 14:1 to not let our heart be troubled, and again in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” We don’t have to live our moments like our future is uncertain. There is a strong confidence in our lives when we know we are already champions before we win anything. We are already victorious before we have the victory. And yes, that we are already healed before we receive the healing.
This is not being presumptuous. It is a spiritual reality in Christ. This is not denial. It is being able to see the need and to see the need already met. Denial is refusing to see the need, hoping it will go away. This is not mind over matter.
We are not secured by might nor by power but by the Spirit of the Lord. We know that this mountain shall be removed by what Christ Jesus has already done. This is not hyper-faith. It is just faith – the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.
This is our grace advantage. It is the present position of our life in Christ. This is what we must fight the fight of faith for -- who we are in Christ Jesus and what He has already done for us.
Look at the following scriptures and see all the present tense realities of who we are through faith in what Jesus has already done for us.
1 John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (NKJV)
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (NKJV)
Look at these scriptures and note the things that have already been accomplished for us in Christ Jesus.
…made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,(NKJV)
1 Peter 2:24
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. (NKJV)
Let’s choose to see our lives already victorious, already healed and delivered, and already prosperous in all things. This is the faith point of view. Let’s do this in faith according to our position in Christ Jesus. Let’s fight from the mountain of faith instead of from the valley of need. Let’s win victories because we are victorious, gain healing because we are healed, receive what we need because are needs are met according to 2 Corinthians 9:8.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (NKJV)