WORDKEEPING & VICTORY

The Christian life is a life of victory over sin. Every day it is our privilege to be gaining fresh victories over our sinful habits. But for many Christians, defeat is ever present. They struggle and fail, and are filled with guilt and despair. What is the key to victory?

 1 John 5:4 tells us, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” True faith, then, is the key. But how do we get this faith? In Romans 10:17 we learn, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

Faith comes to us as we hear God’s Word. That’s pretty simple. How sad it is that many haven’t put that simple equation to work in their Christian experience.

 

Perhaps the importance of Bible study has not been emphasized. Perhaps we don’t know how to take the Words from the pages of scriptures, and apply them to our lives in such a way that glorious victory is the result. That is the reason for these 21 days to Spiritual Renewal. If we are faithful in our Wordkeeping, victory will be the result.

 

Let’s look at some powerful verses right now:

 

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

 

From this we learn that God’s Word is an extremely powerful tool, affecting us personally in an incredible way. If you were stabbed deeply by a literal sword, it would kill you, would it not? The Word of God is powerful enough to kill that part of you that sins, your selfish, rebellious nature.

 

When we expose ourselves to the Living Word of God, it goes deep, deep into our soul, way down to our motives, that we may not even know about. What makes us do the evil things we do? The Word of God will expose that to us, if we’re willing. It will cut them out, performing spiritual surgery with a powerful, living sword! That’s what God’s Word will do for us.

 

Surgery is painful, and leaves wounds. But there is healing that takes place. God’s Word also brings wonderful comfort and healing, so that you are stronger and way better off for having undergone the surgery. When the cancer of sin is cut out, our minds are set free to think holy thoughts.

 

The power of the Word is real. When it is combined with faith, which includes your belief in God’s ability to make you victorious, victory is absolutely certain. As you read this, is your faith in agreement? Do you really believe that God will do what He says? Pray earnestly that God will revitalize your faith in His power.

 

Like a drowning person grabbing hold of a lifeline, so must we be in grabbing hold of God’s promises. If we latch on to them, we’re safe from the evil one. He cannot get us, and drown us in our sins. Jesus lifts us up into His arms, and no one can snatch us out, if we are willing to stay there.

 

Staying in Jesus’ protecting care can only be done through faithful Wordkeeping. That is how you increase your faith, that is how you claim the promises. That is how you even desire to have victory over sin.

 

Here’s another powerful verse:

 

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4

 

God has graciously given us incredibly precious promises of victory. Do you have them hidden in your heart? Do you carry them with you wherever you go? Those promises are you ticket to victory. How badly do you want victory over sin? It’s within your grasp. Your part is to grasp hold of the promises.

 

Let’s talk a little bit about how God gives us this miraculous victory. The reason we sin is because we believe Satan’s lies. We get angry because we believe we have a right to be angry. We lust because we believe that indulgence will make us happy. We are greedy because we believe that selfishness is to be preferred over unselfishness. All of these are lies of the devil, which we buy into.

 

If we thought the way Jesus thought when He was here on earth, we wouldn’t sin. How do we get our minds changed into the way Jesus thought? It is the Word that changes our thinking. The Bible is the most pure source of God’s thoughts that we have. How diligent, then, should we been in getting the Word into our minds. How eager we should be to learn God’s thoughts, so we can be rid of Satan’s lies!

 

If you have a problem with your temper, do you excuse it, and tolerate your frequent flare-ups? Or are you determined to avail yourself of God’s remedy to get rid of it?

 

If you will take the time to prayerfully meditate on the following texts, your anger will be cut out by the powerful sword of the Spirit, and instead, God will miraculously place love, patience, and kindness in its place. This is how we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Listen to what God thinks:

 

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Eccl 7:9

 

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Eph. 4:31, 32

 

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Colossians 3:8

 

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:20

 

There is enough power in these and many other scriptures to keep you from losing your temper. Victory is available! But you must want it, and you must grab hold of the promises. In faith, we must daily grasp the promises without a doubt.

 

Praise God for victory over sin. And, praise Him for His forgiveness as we are learning these lessons. If we fail, we are not to get discouraged, but to grab onto the promise in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

What God asks of us He empowers us to do. His Word is effective, and it will accomplish what it was designed for. (See Isa 55:11) When we experience the benefits of the Word, we will love it more and more.

 

The Scriptures are like a wall of protection against temptation, a divine fortress, our powerful shield. Jesus showed us how to resist Satan’s temptations with the words of Scripture. It works! Try it!

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Jer 15:16

Twwf, aIdet; atwwumtjaromh; fIacbtn, OLGoh.

Jeremiah 1516 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Jer 29:13

Ayssm, afm, wyssfmwayh.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jer 31:3

TLhaooum, s, Y, Ihltwael: twlhIdt.

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Jer 33:3

Cum, aIwat, astgamt, wtkn.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Eze 36:26

AnhawIgy, aanswIpwy: aIwtatshooyf, aIwgyahof.

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Eze 36:27

AIwpmSwy, acytwims, ayskmj, adt.

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Dan  12:3

Attbwssatbotf; atttmtratsfeae.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Mic 6:8

Hhst, Om, wig; awdtLrot, btdj, atlm, atwhwtG?

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Nah 1:7

TLig, ashitdot; ahktttih.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Hab 2:20

BtLiihht: lateksbh.

Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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