. . . to the Victors

4For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 [The Amplified Bible]
57But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57 [The Amplified Bible]
You have already won!
You have been adopted into the Family of the King! You have an inheritance that no one can steal or ruin!
No matter what the world has to say about it, you win!
But we often don’t act like we have won
1] You must take on the persona of a Winner
We are often like the homeless man walking railroad tracks . . .
He was stopped by a train gang but he retorted “You can’t stop me from walking on these tracks, I got a ticket . . . “
The gang leader said “let me see that”
“This doesn’t authorize you to walk on these tracks, this is a first class ticket! You could sit on the train, rest yourself and check your bag while you eat in the dining car! People would wait on you hand and foot.”
We fail to realize the privilege of being adopted into royalty. We act like beggars when we have every opportunity to press our way in and place our petition in front of the King!
The world is going to try to beat you down;
Your friends are going to treat you like a stepchild.
We cannot act as the world does, much as they appear to have no hope.
The winner knows that he has won with the quiet confidence and assurance of victory. Not in-your-face, but knowing that if not for the Lord who provides the victory and surely the team, no victory is won.
2] You must take on the purpose of a Winner
Caleb’s purpose was to enter the promised land and he completely disregarded the obstacles and enemies placed before him and kept his purpose. Forty years later he was 85 with the same strength and will to enter and receive his inheritance. [Joshua 14] As it was for him so it is now for us.
Winners keep their eyes on the prize – the prizes we receive are the great and wonderful promises He has given us, they are written throughout the Bible. The writer of Hebrews says by faith and patience we inherit the promises [6:12]
Several Bible Heroes have had their names changed. The change denoted not just their recognition of God in their life, but an acceptance of a new nature so Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, The Babylonians tried to change Daniel’s name to Belteshazzar. Saul became Paul. The Lord promises the overcomers new names that no one else knows or understands! A pet name from the Lord of Lords!
Hence we have a promise that I would like to formalize with you all now:
17He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it. [The Amplified Bible]
Revelation Chapter 2

The Word, The Revealed [Rhema] Word and Reality Exposed

The Word of God is alive; sharper than a two-edged sword but is it really true?
What is truth?
Is the Bible really relevant?
What do you believe – what are you willing to believe?
Jonah and the whale? [This must be a biblical fairy tale]
Dinosaurs – they’re not really in the Bible, so where do they fit?
Tithing [do you actually believe that God will meet all of your needs if you give Him the first 10 percent of your money?]
God’s provision for healing – we know He can, but will He?
Spanking and corporal punishment [it’s in the Bible but it can’t be true –can it?]
Homosexuality [man-made or affliction?]
There are so many dissenting words and diverse meanings in the world. People who say that they are Christians, religious, and /or spiritual but they seem more confused than we are. Yet another sign that these are the last days – as Paul said there would be people who “have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof” [II Tim 3:5]
Translations, canonical
I believe the Bible but there are some parts that I don’t understand – there must have been something wrong in the translation”.
If the Almighty God of Hosts can do anything [i.e. is omnipotent] couldn’t he make a way for His indelible word to be recorded and available for the entire world, especially to those who want it?
We must remember I Corinthians 2:14 “. . the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.”
You may need to do a self-check; if you are having such difficulty with believing – It has been said that some Christians believe that the bible is inspired in spots, some spots are inspired by God and others are just wrong.
If you have never taken a language course, especially Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew [the biblical languages] you might need to do so and find out not only the intricacy of the languages, but the clarity of the best known translations. One needs to be very clear that while there may be some difference in the nuance of how a phrase is rendered. There is very little difference between one translation and another in what is literally meant, especially in the light of historical context.
This is a Faith Fight
Unfortunately, the less you know – the better it is for our adversary, who needs us to be ignorant to our rights, responsibilities and privileges as believers and heirs to the Kingdom. If you remain skeptical about the power of God’s word and its efficacy to assist and to conduct warfare – you will remain powerless.
My one-word synonym for faith is “conviction”. Are you convinced that God can do what He says He will do? Are you convinced that His word is literally true? Do you think that He made promises for poetic value? Have you put God in a box?
The writer of Hebrews states that “The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” [4:2]
The word will only be profitable for us but it can only be if we place faith in it – if we are convinced that God’s word is alive [rendered quick in Heb. 4:12 ];
  • enduring [“But the word of the Lord will last forever” – I Pet. 1:25];
  • and powerful [“He sent his word and healed them and delivered them from all of their destructions” – Psa. 107:20]
In John 6:29, Jesus states “This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent” That is, believe that He is Messiah and ergo, believe in the intrinsic value of the work he performed while on earth.
The trick [if you will] of the work is to remain convinced [without regard to circumstance]. This is more difficult than it sounds. Take for example: The Israelites when they left Egypt, they had just witnessed a great deliverance. They experienced the catastrophe of the Passover and the duress that the Egyptians felt as their sons and livestock died. They left Egypt and faced the first hurdle i.e. The Red Sea. They were ready to go back to Egypt.
The Apostle Paul states: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life” Although spiritually you will try to keep your faith, the nature of the fight continually works to shake your faith and confidence in the promises of God. The circumstances and appearances all work against faith but you have to know what you know. The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
To continue with this metaphor, we are in a fight using the weapons(s) given for the fight. The breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation, loins gird with the truth, above all with the shield of faith.
To open this up even more we need to understand:
1] All items mentioned are defensive armament
Notice how the armor of God is used, the inner most garment is the truth.Jesus said “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32
A fighter who cannot get solid traction will surely get knocked out! The traction is the preparation of the good news of God’s peace with man. Above all using the shield of faith – your key defensive weapon because it’s a fight, a faith fight!!
2] The only offensive weapon is the sword
The word of God is a sword, but not the leather and paper – the word that can be used as a weapon is the word that you have embedded in your heart. How is the word of God used? Mt. 4:4, 4:7, 4:10
Jesus said, “heaven and earth will pass away but my word will not pass away” Mk. 13:31
Reality exposed says that the word of God is real and true.