A KEY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever (Psalm 111:10).
In Matthew 22:29, while in dialogue with the Sadducees, Jesus said to them, “...Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” People make mistakes, and go wrong in their choices and actions, because they lack revelation knowledge of what the Spirit of God can do through the power of God’s Word in their lives. The Word of God is the wisdom of God, and to walk outside the Word is to walk in error.
The accurate teaching of the Word of God is so important. Many Christians around the world are taught God’s Word, but not the accurate teaching of it. This explains why some aren’t living victoriously, because for anyone to live a victorious life, he has to understand the Scriptures first. When the Word is taught accurately, it not only imparts faith to you, but also makes you strong and effective in your walk of faith.
Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us something that the Lord did: He gave the five-fold ministry gifts for the benefit of the Church. Look at it: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” How important this is! This is why every Christian must be a member of a church where God’s Word is taught, and accurately too.
Christianity is founded on the Word, and sustained by the Word. Therefore, you can only be victorious by the Word. Study the Word by yourself, and for yourself, and make certain to get accurate teaching of the same, so you can increase in knowledge, and be able to deal excellently in the affairs of life as God will have you do.
Filled With All The Fullness Of God!
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God (Ephesians 3:19).
From our opening verse, we understand that it’s the will of God that we’re filled with all the fullness of God. Could this be real? Is this truly possible? Emphatically yes! He tells us to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and if you’re filled with the Spirit, you’re filled with God, for the Spirit is Himself God!
Imagine every member of the body of Christ being filled with God; not filled with doubt, unbelief or fear, but with God! What an extraordinary life of glory we would all be living! Then you’d understand Christianity as a life of “...joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). Think about God’s people all around the world, going into Church for service, full of the Spirit: joyful, radiant, and exuberant with praise! That’s God’s plan; that’s His will for us—to be replete with His fullness—nothing is left out.
We have something in our day that the prophets and priests of the Old Testament didn’t have: we have the capacity to contain the fullness of God’s Spirit, and be filled with His “maximum load.” The Greek word is “pleroma,” and it means the total or complete content of a vessel in its maximum capacity and entirety. That means everything the Father is, and has, is in you, because He lives in you. Colossians 1:19 says it pleased the Father that in Jesus should all fullness (“pleroma”) dwell. When you saw Jesus, you saw the totality of Deity. No wonder He could say, “...He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). Now, the beauty of it all is that you’re in Him, and He’s in you. Colossians 2:10 says, “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” That means there’s nothing of God that’s supposed to be in you that’s not already in you. Your humanity has been supplanted by the life and nature of God. Blessed be God! .
But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
In Genesis 15:5, God said to Abraham, “...Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” You’d notice that God was specific as to what He wanted Abraham to look at. He didn’t say to him, “Look up” or “Look around”; He said, “Look at the stars and see if you can number them.” Each time God tells you to look, He gives you what to look at, and usually, He wants you to see with the eyes of faith.
It doesn’t matter how people see you; what matters is how you see yourself: the perception and opinion you’ve formed of yourself, on the basis of what the Word says about you. See “you” with the eyes of God, and live what you see! Don’t look at things from the physical perspective, and form conclusions that are based on sensory perceptions. God doesn’t want you to live that way. He wants you to see from your spirit and make the right judgments.
Before the physical manifestation of the supernatural and glory of God in your life, you must see it first within you. Once you can see it with the eyes of faith, it’s yours. You must first have it within. For example, when God says to you, “I have granted your request,” don’t consider the surrounding situation anymore; see and receive it in the spirit first!
See and apprehend your prosperity, health, peace, progress, success, deliverance and the salvation of your friends and family members. Proclaim with your mouth that which you’ve already seen within you—not so they’ll come to pass—but because you know they already exist in the faith-realm.
If you want to have a fruitful walk with the Lord, you have to learn to see and receive with your spirit, and keep your focus on the Word. .