I am no longer a loser. I am more than a conqueror.
Today, I am an over-comer in every area of my life.
Romans 8:35-39 (NLT)
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, if we are hungry, if we are cold or in danger, threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” Psalm 44:22)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love, not death, nor life, not angels or demons, not even principalities. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow and even the powers of hell cannot separate us from God’s love for us. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all of creation is able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
When we were of the world we were our own source for life believing that knowledge is the way to overcome our issues and brokenness. This is the lie Satan got Adam and Eve to believe in the Garden. They wrongly believed that it was knowledge that would make them be just like God, their best friend. As a result they exchanged life for death and submitted themselves for Satan to rule them.
We have all heard that “Love finds a way.” This is exactly what God has done through Jesus. God’s love for us sent Jesus to earth as a man to reverse the exchange made by the first Adam who traded life for death. Jesus, as the second Adam, exchanges the death in us for life so that we are no longer powerless and losers. Jesus did not come to make us better even though we are as a new creation. Jesus came to give us life and life abundantly.
Our Source for Life, Jesus, is now our source of power that enables us to be more than we could ever be on our own, true conquerors. God, the Holy Spirit, humble and living in each of us is our strength, our wisdom, our encourager and comforter connecting us to all three persons of God. We no longer have to rely on our own capabilities to live the life we have been created for. We are no longer confined and limited in our own understanding. We can now trust our Faithful and True King to work all things for our good, even the wreckage of our past.
Knowledge on its own has no power to do anything. Knowledge only has the power we give it. Since eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil knowledge has become our source for life. The world believes that if it just knows enough good evil will be overcome. This is where we are trapped by our enemy. Our knowledge of good exercised in our own understanding and strength does not overcome evil.
This has not worked so far and is even losing ground. The knowledge of good and our knowledge of evil have become tools for the enemy to use against us individually and for keeping us fragmented, lacking unity as God's people. We will never know enough to be the originator of life. When we let go of our knowledge of good as our source we are able to turn to the Source of all life, Jesus. It is by Jesus, in Him and through Him that all life began and is held together.
To have God become our life source doesn't mean we no longer recognize good and evil. They still exist together in the same time and same place. Our quest and thirst for knowledge is now centered on knowing Jesus better not how much knowledge we have about good so that we can make better choices. Through the Holy Spirit living in us we can actually have an intimate and personal relationship with all three persons of God; our heavenly Father, Jesus, His Son and the Holy Spirit.
We progressively grow in our ability to understand how much God really does love us through our mistakes and the misunderstandings we have believed about who we are from the worlds influence in our life. It is God's love for us and in us that conquers all of our fears, insecurities and shortcomings. As we learn more about who we are and who God is we start to accept that we can trust our God even when we don’t understand what He is doing in us and even through us at times.
When we really get it that we will never be rejected, thrown away or ridiculed for our choices by our Perfect Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit it becomes easier to look for the good in life. We are not an accident, a mistake or even an experiment gone wrong. We truly belong to God and He belongs to us. We are His unique blessing to Himself and to the world around us. We are perfect in His sight, always.
The world does not understand how this can be because it defines perfection through our performance and the works we do. This is not God’s definition. He knew Adam would fall before He made him and yet God still called him beautiful and states this was a good thing He had done. It is important to accept that God calls us perfect for we are made in His image. It is God alone who gives us our true identity and it is God who gave each of us our own strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, we are perfect just as we are according to God’s point of view while not being in denial over our character defects or our past.
Our performance has nothing to do with perfection. However, it is the Accuser of man, Satan, who has established performance as the standard of perfection. This is falling into the trap from eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we can distinguish the difference. Yet Jesus tells us that we are not to judge. This is God’s department not ours.
It is important to spend time with our God so that we can hear His voice and receive the ongoing revelation of who we are, who God is to us and who we are in Him. These personal revelations from our God are how the hold our false truths we believe about ourselves are released and broken off of us.
Father God, today I ask that you open my eyes and my ears, letting my mind receive how you see me. Please help me to accept what I do not see in myself and don’t understand how you can see me the way you do. Help me in my unbelief for I know that you cannot lie. I ask for the courage to hear from you directly and seek confirmation from a second witness to your truth for me so that I too can begin to see myself the way you see me.
Let me only hear what you have to say in this regard and for the enemy around me to be bound up with confusion as I seek your face and hear only your voice in my request.
Thank you for being a loving and kind God who accepts me completely, even in my ignorance, as you patiently and continually draw me closer to you. Amen
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?