“That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” – Philemon 6
Being a Christian is not about what you do — it is all about who God is, and who He has made you to be in Him. The key to being effective and victorious in our walk of faith is to know and fully acknowledge all that Jesus Christ has secured for us by His victory at Calvary, continually declare it in faith and act upon it. James 1:23-24 tells us that hearing the word of God and not doing it is like looking at your natural face in the mirror, and then immediately forgetting afterwards what you look like. But remember we are brand new creations (2 Cor 5:17), and so it is easy to look at that mirror and forget what you see when you’ve been used to being someone different your whole life! That is why it is important for us to keep looking into the word of God, and declaring what it says about us until our minds are transformed to identify and behave as the brand new sons of God that we are. We should steadfastly confess the word of God without wavering (Hebrews 10:23), even when what we see and feel seems contrary.
Need To Know
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6
The first step to living a victorious and fruitful Christian life is to know who God is and who you are in Him. The enemy’s greatest weapon against believer is ignorance and deception. When the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1865, some people did all they could to hide that information from African Americans so that they would continue to live as slaves, ignorant of their freedom. Sadly, many Christians are like that today — freedmen but living as slaves because they don’t know better. The key to achieving all God wants for us is knowing – 2 Peter 1:3. This means we must invest time in hearing and studying the word of God continually.
Need To Believe
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” – Isaiah 9:1
“Do we really believe it?” I have often asked this question when discussing gospel truths that should be evident from the bible but are often at odds with the reality of many Christians’ lives. For instance, the bible says that we have become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21), and that He has removed our sins away from us as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12). But yet we live our entire lives obsessed with the idea that sin is an obstacle between us and God. That is why Jesus said, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” For this to work, we have to disregard everything we think we know, and take God’s word at face value.
Need To Speak
“I believed and therefore I spoke.” – 2 Cor 4:13
We need to declare what we believe. The word of God spoken forth is powerful and alive. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21), and so it is not sufficient to simply hide the word of God inside – we must declare it (Ps 71:15-17, Ps 119:13,172). The Christian faith is one of confession, and we need to stay on our confessions and never waver (Heb 4:14). Steadfast confession of God’s word is the key to seeing His promises manifest in our lives (Heb 10:23).
It is time for you to start acknowledging and declaring all the good things that are in you through Jesus Christ. Visit the link below for a list of declarations you can make over yourself regularly. Make a daily habit of doing so, and keep at it, and as you speak the word, you become it and the glory of God is manifested in you.