Always Triumphant

First Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Faith will look for a way of escape. Doubt and unbelief won’t look for an escape route. Doubt and unbelief will fall on the floor, bury their nose in carpet and cry, knowing that there’s a doorway leading out of the room if they’ll just look up, look around, find it, and start moving.

When the devil talks to you, you have to answer him. Victory has a voice! When he tells you you’re not going to make it this time, remind him the Word of God tells you in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “…God always causes us (me) to triumph in Christ!” We “Submit ourselves to God, resist he devil and he’ll flee from you.” James 4:7.

If the devil’s telling you it’s not going to work for you this time, that’s your guarantee of knowing that he’s lying to you, and you’re on the very brink of your breakthrough if you won’t stop! Simply resist the devil; tell him he’s a liar and he has to shut up!

Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you’re listening to him, He’ll reveal Bible verses for you to stand on. God is faithful. He will always provide you an escape route!

How many times has the devil told you that your circumstances are beyond what you are able to endure, or you can’t do anything about them? How many times has he told you that your faith wasn’t strong enough, or you didn’t have enough faith to overcome the situation you’re in right now? Or maybe he’s told you that you were beyond your own strength, you were out of your league and you should just give up and quit now because you were in over your head?

All those are lies of the devil! Smoke and mirrors! However, the Holy Spirit will tell you God is faithful to you. He will not allow you to be tested, and tried above that which you are able, but with the temptation he will make a way of escape. It doesn’t matter what you get into; how dark it may seem at the moment; or that you can’t see victory on the horizon; if you’ll believe the Word of God, there’s a way out of your situation that will produce victory!

Decree A Thing

There’s power in your words! “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” Proverbs 18:21.

God created the world and everything in it by His words and it still stands today. When a king gives a decree, it is carried out as he decreed it. We’re made in God’s image and He’s given us His Name and authority to rule and reign in our domain by the power of our words. We’re heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. That in itself should give you revelation that you were created for victory!

Since Jesus is the King of kings and we are joint heirs with him; we’re created to rule and reign in our domain and speak forth decrees, just as a king would do to fulfill what he wants accomplished in his kingdom.

My three favorite Bible versions are The Message Bible, The Amplified Bible, and the New American Standard Bible. It’s good to read and study different Bible translations to get a better understanding of God’s word. Therefore, I want to share Job 22:28 in those three versions.

“You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One, and look to him joyfully, boldly. You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen; he’ll help you do what you’ve promised. You’ll decide what you want and it will happen; your life will be bathed in light. To those who feel low you’ll say, ‘Chin up! Be brave! And God will save them. Yes, even the guilty will escape, escape through God’s grace in your life.”

“You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.”

“You will also decree a thing and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.”

I believe this is a life-time nugget to personalize for yourself; to meditate on; to ponder and let it explode into revelation knowledge!

As you decide what you want your life to look like, start decreeing it as the king you are! Just as God spoke the world into existence, you can use your words to speak and decree your world into existence according to Job 22:28. Open your mouth. Fill it with good words. Decree your victorious future and watch it manifest before your eyes!

Confession

Faith isn’t faith until you open your mouth and speak it! Faith is mental assent, however, mental assent become faith by action, or confession. Real faith is a living, moving force. Confession is faith’s confirmation. When you constantly affirm the things that God is to you and who you are in God, and the things you are in Jesus Christ and what Jesus is in you, you are giving faith wings to reach a higher altitude in the spirit realm.

Faith confessions are as much a part of victory as is the Blood of the Lamb! The Bible says “we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony” in Revelations 12:11. God doesn’t accept faith unless it is confessed. When you stop your faith confessions, faith stops growing and acting on God’s promises becomes more difficult.

When you exercise your faith, it is a creative force that only expresses itself through confession. Just as God said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” you can use your faith-filled words as a creative force to design your future of your choice.

The creative ability that was in Jesus is God’s nature as well. Since you have God’s nature on the inside of you, you are a partaker of the divine nature of God (2 Peter 1:4); therefore, that same creative power is on the inside of you! However, it must be manifested through your confessions.

You can dominate your future just as Jesus dominated the laws of nature by His faith-filled words. A great example of Jesus using his faith is when he called Lazarus forth from the grave in John 11:43, and Lazarus obeyed the words.

You have a choice to either speak creative faith-filled or doubt-filled words to design your future. I encourage you to take your place of authority and fearlessly face your enemy to speak to him in the Name of Jesus. He can’t stand before you and angels are standing ready to go to work on your behalf. As you speak the living Word of God through faith, you will realize you are more than a conqueror!

Shout

Smith Wigglesworth says you can’t shout and doubt at the same time. Have you ever noticed that Jesus is going to descend from heaven with a shout? Do you remember when Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus, He cried out with a loud voice?

In the book of Numbers we read that we can’t be cursed for the shout of a King is among us. In the Old Testament they were crowing a King; the Bible says that in the valley four miles away, there was a group gathering to try to take the throne and they heard the people shouting. They said “What’s that shout? What’s that noise?” They said, “It could only be the crowning of the New King!” That shout totally destroyed the mounting uprising.

Something happens in your life when you shout — the King gets crowned! So shout unto the Lord with a voice of triumph! Do it right now! He says, “Shout! For God has given us the city.” You need to understand that walls fall down when you shout! Cities are won when you shout! Kings are crowned when you shout, the dead rise up when you shout! The Lord descends when there’s a shout!

Simply start by saying, “Lord, I thank you for today!” Thank Him for what He’s done for you….”I thank you that my expectancy and faith levels are high, and coming up higher. I thank you that I’m hungry for more of you to be revealed in my life. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given my family. Thank you for the increase, the joy, the peace in my heart, the laugher that’s returned to my life. Thank you for restoration of my family. Thank you for restoration of my finances and my health. Thank you for the shout that you’ve put back on the inside of me! Thank you, Lord! Thank you that you made me more than a conqueror!”

As you thank God, keep in mind that thanking Him for what He’s done and what He’s going to do before you have it, is an expression of faith. It’s an act that you already believe you receive it. A shout of thanksgiving will cause the fullness of God to manifest in your life.

Thankfulness

With this being November, it’s naturally the time of year our hearts become full to overflowing with love and we become more aware of the people and things we’re thankful for in our lives. Besides being thankful for my natural, earthly family, I’m so very thankful for my spiritual family. I’m thankful for my Pastor and His Wife for loving me enough to speak the truth of God’s Word into my life.

Recently, Pastor Tony was explaining to us that as people, we are 99% the same in every way.  It’s that 1% that makes us special and unique from everyone else. I’m so thankful there’s no one else like me; as I’m sure you’re thankful there’s no one else like you! Psalm 139 tells us that we can’t go anywhere and avoid the Holy Spirit…in the sky, underground, or the far western whether you’re coming or going! No matter where you are, He’s already there watching you.

More importantly, He shaped you and formed you in your mother’s womb!  In the Message Bible, in verses 13-22 we read, “I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation!  You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!”

In Colossians 3:15 we are told to “Cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

As we celebrate the season of being thankful, remember to thank God that He made you uniquely special with a special plan for your life.

Relationships

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)  Who have you been associating with over the past few weeks or months that has sharpened you spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially?  A recent trip to the Smokey Mountains presented this subject to me; as a matter of fact, it was an in-your-face presentation! Up close and personal presentation!

I will tell you straight up – I was sharpened! My flesh was in great pain. My emotions and attitudes were called to attention. Change was on the horizon!

Imagine a dull knife blade being laid on the grinding stone to be sharpened by the blade smith.  Although the metal resists, the pressure of the blade against the stone creates a smooth, razor sharp edge removing all the dull edges. A knife sharpener doesn’t always move quickly, but applies steady, consistent pressure. To sharpen a good quality steel knife that is new, he uses a high quality, diamond, knife sharpening steel. A few strokes every time before being used and it will keep the knife razor sharp.

It is the same principle when you position yourself to be sharpened by a friend. Find that “diamond” friend who will speak high quality words into your life so you’ll be sharpened to a razor sharp edge.

If the knife is very dull, a carpenter’s sharpening flat stone is very good at reviving the knife’s edge. Just be aware that the angle you sharpen a knife at is crucial. It’s best to take dull knives to a professional sharpener, and then maintain them as noted above. There will be times in our life when we get dull.  As painful as it may be at the moment, present yourself you to your “diamond” friend and allow their words to sharpen you.  At times, it may not be the words you want to hear; however, a “diamond” friend will present those hard words to turn dull edges into razors sharp tools.   

Contrary to what some people believe, sharp knives cut people far less than blunt knives. When a knife is sharp, less pressure is used to cut. Care for your knives and they will last a lifetime.  How fitting for this subject.  When you stay sharpen by the Word of God and the relationships you cultivate, you don’t hurt other people and you can help others become sharp.  The sharper you are, the less pressure you have to withstand. 

Take time to hang out with those people who will sharpen you and help you become a better person.

Expectation

What is the definition of the word expectation? Webster’s definition is – a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future; a belief that someone will or should achieve something; one’s prospects of inheritance. The web definitions include belief about (or mental picture of) the future; anticipation: anticipating with confidence of fulfillment; the feeling that something is about to happen.

What are you expecting – right now – as you’re reading this – right now? Have you quit expecting anything – good or bad? Are you just existing; going through the motions everyday not expecting or anticipating anything positive to happen to move your forward? Or…have you passed through this phase and put your faith out there on the line to believe, expect, and anticipate something wonderful to happen to you today?

Let’s say the wind has been sucked out of your sails this past week and here you are today, wondering what you’re going to do now. Actually, you have two choices: pity-party or move forward. Each choice takes about the same amount of effort to make; however, you’ll have extremely opposite results depending on your choice! Pity-party equals negative expectations, while move forward equals positive expectations.

I encourage you to choose wisely! Although the sails are down due to no wind, it’s only a temporary situation. As you know, the wind will blow again and to go forward, you must expect it to blow and be prepared when it arrives.

The Word says, “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise…” Micah 7:8. In life, you will get knocked down; that’s just part of it! But to be a success, just get up one more time! Start getting up right now by expecting good (or better) things to start happening for you today. Begin confessing what God has done for you, how He’s purified you from the situation so your perception of your life will began to change. He’s made you to be more than a conqueror – that means your situation will not conquer you!

You create an atmosphere absent from God by saying what you want to say according to emotions, feelings, ego, pride and old attitudes. Speaking in obedience to God’s Word, (what He says about you) instead of your own thoughts change situations and restores you to a position of victory.

It’s easy to say you believe and make positive confessions when things are going good; but sometimes you find yourself saying something negative because of where you are at the time. That’s when you put your mouth in time out! Change your thoughts and words from negative expectations to positive expectations by renewing your mind with God’s Word so you can say what He says about you and your situation. Speak faith-filled words instead of doubt-filled words. Think back to prior victories; prior situations He’s brought you through. He’s not brought you this far to let you stay in defeat or status quo! It’s time to believe again! Stir up a positive expectation right now so you can experience a positive manifestation!

Create Your Future With the Power of Your Words

By Lucia M. Claborn

I’m excited about this topic and want you to know that I’m not the expert on it by any means, but I’ve learned what works for me and would like to share it with you. In Hosea 4:6, the Word tells us that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” I want to not only bring knowledge, or information; but I want to bring revelation because knowledge alone puffs up with pride, (1 Corinthians 8:1) but revelation brings change to lives.

I’m going to share some tools that will help you fulfill your dreams so you can succeed by laying the foundation of your future; getting a plan; and speaking the Word of god over your plan to create your future.

How do you do this? The first step is to lay the foundation. We do this by getting a vision. King James says in Proverbs 29:18, “God’s people perish for lack of vision.”  The Message Bible reads, “If people can’t see what God is doing; they stumble all over themselves, but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.” You may not have lost your dream or your vision, but you may have let life crowd in on you and you’ve lost your focus.

That was me a couple months ago, and if that you, I want to encourage you that your life can get back on track. If you’re not in the struggling category, simply pass this on to a friend who may be struggling, or file it for later when life catches you off guard.

Have you lost sight of your vision, purpose, goals, dreams? Are you discouraged? Has the “I can’t” or “why try any more?” mentality crept in on you? Do you have a “settle for” mentality? Are you making excuses why things aren’t working for you? Are you procrastinating or have you become complacent? All these are tools Satan uses to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life.

The good news is, God has given you a new song—whether you know it or not! Psalm 96:1 says, “O sing unto the Lord a new song for He hath done marvelous things. His right hand and His holy arm hath gotten Him the victory.”

If you’re discouraged, sing a new song. If you don’t have one, ask God to give you one. Why not pull yourself up and try again? Do you know Satan loves to bring past failures and disappointments to your mind on a consistently, constant basis…especially when you want to try again and step out to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams?

As we look to renew our vision or dream, or create a new one, often times we look back to our past to get direction for our future. This is not the smartest thing to do because we can’t run into the future dragging our past behind us!

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. Imagine you have three huge pieces of luggage. I’m going to share about myself since I know me better than you.  However, you can recall things from your past to fit the examples I’m giving.  These bags are going to represent my past failures – wrong thoughts, wrong words, wrong actions.

When the enemy brings wrong thoughts, words or actions we have the choice to either accept them to reject them. In the past, you may have just accepted them. Up until now, you may not have known you have a choice as to what you accept from the devil, but I’m here to tell you , you have a choice!

Let’s talk about Bag Number One. It represents my wrong thoughts called lies that the enemy brings such as, no one likes me, look at what a mess I’ve made of things, I don’t like this person, she doesn’t like me, they’re talking about me, and the list goes on and on.  Imagine strapping that bag onto your back.

Bag Number Two represents my wrong words; thoughts that I’ve meditated on, put in my heart and allowed to come out of my mouth (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks) – gossip, giving someone a piece of my mind, speaking contrary to what the Word of God says about me, putting myself down in front of others, and the list goes on and on.  Imagine putting this bag on your shoulder.

Bag Number Three represents my wrong actions; being rude, being offended, walking in strife, giving someone an ugly look, cutting someone off while driving, racing to a parking space, not speaking to someone, not honoring my spouse, children, or parents, entering into wrong relationships, mistakes in my finances that I think can’t be fixed, and the list goes on and on. Imagine putting this bag around your leg.

At this point you may be asking yourself, “How can I ever go forward without making a mistake again and then having more baggage pile on me?

We can’t move forward with the past holding us in bondage. We aren’t designed to carry out past failures and disappointment into our today.  Philippians 3:13b and 14 reads, “but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of god in Christ Jesus.”

It’s by God’s grace we move forward, and I’ll show you how to move forward. As you get into God’s Word, find His promises for your situation, learn it, meditate on it, and make it yours. Then you can speak that word with belief and conviction. Don’t speak it until you believe it with all your heart and your very being or Satan will eat your lunch! Jesus takes our old failures, shortcomings and disappointments away. Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us that “We’re a new creation in Christ Jesus, old things are passed away.”

We have to mentally draw a line in the sand so to speak. As you are standing right where you are with these bags hanging on your body, draw a line on the floor ad say, “Father God, it’s in the authority of the Name of Jesus that I choose not to act this way any more and I ask you to help me, give me grace to walk through this situation and get it out of my life. Now, take each bag off yourself, place it on the floor, and step across the threshold into your new found victory. It’s that simple! You’re free!

Back to 2 Corinthians 5:17, let me give you another illustration. I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus. I take off my old nature – my old thoughts, actions, shortcomings, failures, and disappointments – and I put on the new nature of Jesus Christ. My past is in the past and it’s not going to destroy my today or my future.

You see, we don’t need to take the lemons the devil gives us and pet them, stroke them, baby them, and watch them grow and produce a harvest of more lemons. Instead, we need to take those lemons, add some sugar – the sweetness of God’s Word – and make lemonade. As we drink that sweet lemonade, which is renewing our minds with the Word of God, we will gain strength and we can mentally draw a line in the sand, throw off that old baggage the enemy has put on us, and put on the new self!

Now that we have a new, clean foundation, you may ask yourself what’s the next step? The answer is easy, know what you want. The dictionary defines a goal as the purpose toward which an endeavor is directed, an end or an objective. Dream is defined as an aspiration or ambition. Before we can speak to our goals and dreams, we have to know what they are. On a side note, I like what Benjamin Mays says…”The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Just because your goals and dreams don’t match up with someone else’s doesn’t make them wrong, it simply means god has given you different goals and dreams specifically for you to fulfill. We all have different goals and dreams and we shouldn’t criticize someone else because they don’t have the same goals and dreams as we do. We need to encourage them to set their own goals and dreams, and pursue them.

Back to the question, “Where do I begin, how do I start or restart my dream?” It’s simple, get a plan. My solution to everything situation is “GET A PLAN OF ACTION!” The Four Step Plan of Success will work for you if you will stay focused. The first step is to know what you want. Get God’s promise – His Word, a specific verse – to base your success on and write it down. Two of my favorite verses are Habakkuk 2:2-3, “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, then he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for the appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”  The Message Bible reads, “And then God answered: “Write this: Write what you see. Write it out in big, black letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming: it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on it’s way. It will come right on time.”

If you don’t know what you want, write down what you don’t want, determine the opposite and write it down!

The second step is to know what you are willing to give up temporarily – write it down. Deny the lesser to achieve the greater goal and know that when you give something up temporarily you will have more of it once you have reached your goal.

Step three will help you put the wheels in motion. Create a plan. Pray; ask God to help you create the plan to get what you want. Write it down!  Now that you have a plan, work your plan. Speak the Word over your plan and speak life over your plan.

Step four is to associate with people who are where you want to be in life. Step out of your comfort zone and talk to those people who know what you want to know and are where you want to be in life. You can do it! Be bold!

Once you get you plan, get focused! Focus on the prize – your goals and dreams. Begin each new day with a quiet time with the Holy Spirit who knows God’s game plan for that day. Write down what He tells you to do, and how he wants you to do it. Write it all down; clear your mind, use a daily to-do list, surround yourself with great (focused) people, and get rid of the hindrances in your life. You’ll want to check your list, your instructions, and then go back and re-read it, meditate on it, put action to your plan, and watch it come to pass.

Along with being focused, determine your self-discipline habits. It’s easy to do what you need to do when someone is watching over you, however, what do you do when no one is watching? That the real test of self-discipline and it goes hand in hand with creating habits.

Sow a thought and you will reap an act. Sow an act and you’ll reap a habit. Sow a habit and you’ll reap character. Sow character and you’ll reap a destiny.

To this point, I’ve talked about laying a foundation – laying aside past failure and disappointments to enable you to rekindle your vision, dreams and goals; I’ve talked about establishing a plan of action and getting focused. Now, I’m going to talk about the creative power of speaking the Word of God over your dreams and goals to create your future.

I said earlier that up until now, you may not have known you have a choice as to what you accept from the devil. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to accept anything from him. Ask yourself, “How do I know if this is from the devil?” I’m glad you asked! Here’s a simple test, run your thoughts or situations through John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; but Jesus come to give us life and life more abundantly.”    

Genesis Chapter One tells us God spoke a word and the world came into existence. In Genesis 1:28 God gives us the Law of Six when he blessed us, told us to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue and rule over the earth. This is the authority God has given to us.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 God tells us to choose life. “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today; I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live.”  This is your instruction to speak words of life!

In Mark 4:3-8 Jesus teaches about the Parable of the Sower. “Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among  the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.”  This parable teaches about sowing and the principal is true for the Word of God, money, time, kindness, whatever you sow you will have a harvest according to the soil you plant the seeds into.

If you have ever doubted the power of your words, read Mark 4:3. “Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing n it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.” Just as Jesus’ words had power over the fig tree, our words have power over our situations because Jesus has given us that authority.

In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus tells us we can have what we say. “Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. The mountain for instance: Just say, “Go jump in the lake; – no shuffling or shilly-shallying – and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking.”

If you are facing situations that make you struggle or are contrary to God’s Word you can “call those things which are not as thought they are.” (Romans 4:17) And finally, “Hold fast your confession of faith” as Hebrews 10:35 tells us to do, until you see your dreams and goals come to pass.

The final step is to walk in faith. Water your seed with your praising, rejoicing, and singing of His power and mighty deeds until it manifests in your life. You see the importance of words in our lives. Just act like the Bible is true and take Him at his Word.

Now, let’s put this information into action! Take a few minutes to get quiet before God. Repent, take off your old self, put on the new you! You are a winner in God’s eyes. Ask God to give you a new or renewed vision, dreams, and goals so you can work toward them. Make it bigger than you so you can see God do above and beyond what you think you can do in and of yourself.  This gets God’s anointing into your life! Write it down! According to a Harvard study, 95% of the things you write down come to pass.

You are a winner! You can create your desired future and make your dreams come true by the power of speaking the right words – faith-filled words!  Start now and fulfill the destiny God is calling you into.