Victory Strategy: Obedience – Part 2
By Margaret D. Mitchell
One way God demonstrates His love for us is to give us victory over everything as we adhere to, rely on and trust in Him.
Romans 8:37 TPT tells us, "Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!"
In Part 1 of this series, we learned that we receive this victory by faith-believing, which implies action.
So, we do have a part in our manifest victory.
We know that God is our source for victory based on Proverbs 21:31 TPT, which says, "ultimate victory comes from the Lord God.”
Psalm 20:7 TPT reiterates this by saying, “…Our boast is in the Lord our God, who makes us strong and gives us victory!"
Psalm 18:35 TPT tells us, "You empower me for victory with your wrap-around presence. Your power within makes me strong to subdue…”
Friends, at the point where we invite Jesus into our broken places, we begin to experience victory.
Just like the woman at the well, who invited Jesus to share His victory with her, she ran with beautiful feet to proclaim the good news to her people (Ro 10:15, Is 61:1).
This is important to remember as we receive nations as our inheritance and carry His glory to make His Name known.
Like Esther, who pushed against all odds to help rescue a nation of people, Psalm 44:5 TPT assures us that "Through [His] glorious name and [His} awesome power we can push through to any victory and defeat every enemy."
So, in His compassion for us, even the distress and oppression established against nations must bow in the Presence of our Perfect Lamb.
Isaiah 61:4 further reveals that, “…they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations."
As I sought The Lord on this topic, He impress my heart with a particular message, which is this:
Those who are willing to depart from abominations that produce ashes, the ones who open their eyes and their hearts to Him and become convinced by faith-believing, will move from (abomi)nations to their inheritance of nations (Is 44).
Like the woman at the well, once we let Jesus into every chamber of our hearts, shame and disgrace will go. Then, we will run with beautiful feet to nations as an evangelist, strengthened and made victorious by Jesus, to share His compassion with our inheritance-nations, as in Isaiah 61:1 ESV, which says,
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;"
Lord, search our hearts (Ps 139:23-24)!
If there is any way in us that is displeasing, bring the conviction that leads us to repentance.
Friends, we don’t want to miss this.
Unbelief feeds defeat. Strife is a snare and is rooted in a lack of true identity in Christ and a fear of man. Disrespect and defeat go hand in hand. They perpetuate a vicious trap.
Proverbs 29:25 AMP reminds us that "The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe."
So, we don’t have to abandon our place of rest to tend to someone else.
This is important to remember as we move forward.
We can have compassion for others and not allow them to take advantage of our compassion and pull us down with them.
We can pray for others and put our full faith and trust in God alone to bring them up higher, based on their willingness.
We can have respect for God’s process of sanctification, believing He will get them to maturity in Him, even as far as their full restoration in Heaven.
We can remain in a place of glorious victory-strength and extend grace to others, believing God is working as we interact and fulfill divine purpose.
Friends, when we love well, we bring life.
We respect others.
We must remember that we have been given a gift of victory, and that we fight from this place of victory, according to God’s Word.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 AMPC say, "But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ..."
I pray that we will live up to these promises. I pray that we will not give up and that we will run to our nations with beautiful feet. I pray that we will be finishers and that we will always remember the One who makes us victorious.
To God be the glory.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.