Saturday, September 10th .
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24).
Some Christians find themselves having a conflict between what the Word says and their actual experience. For example, they’ve read and believed our opening verse, yet they’ve battled one ailment after the other and now they’re asking, “What am I supposed to do that I’m not doing?”
A dear lady asked me a similar question, drawing attention to 2 Corinthians 8:9 that says Jesus was made poor that we might be made rich. Then she asked, “If this is true, how come so many Christians are still poor?” She wanted to know what could be done to make that scripture real in their lives.
Here’s what you need to know: When you were born again, you were brought into a life of absolute prosperity, absolute health, strength and victory; it’s been done already. Whether or not you’re enjoying it is your responsibility. The Bible says, “…work out your own salvation…” (Philippians 2:12); meaning that you must live the Word of salvation. Act according to the Word. In Christianity, we do the Word; we’re Word practitioners. You must personalise the Word for yourself and act accordingly.
You’re the one to make the Word real in your life. You’re the one to subdue the circumstances around you. You’re the one to subdue the forces that come against you and the symptoms that try to attack you. You’re the one to use the Word to effect changes.
Things won’t change by themselves; they won’t change because you believe. Believing isn’t enough; to effect the change you need in any area of your life, you must go from believing to faith! You must fight the good fight of faith. The fight of faith is when you consciously live according to the Word of God, irrespective of the circumstances around you and what your senses tell you. It’s when you insist on the Word and hold on to it as the only reality.
I experience the reality of the Word of God as I meditate on, and live in, the Word! I’m making progress, and circumstances are subdued to conform to the reality of God’s Word for my good. The Word of God has the pre-eminence in my life, and it continually produces in me what it talks about, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;) ||
|| Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ||
|| Romans 4:19-20 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 2 Corinthians 10:1-18,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-10,
EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional