For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.1 John 5:4
In my first article on Faith that overcomes, I stated that faith relates to the unseen reality. It is the door way to the spiritual realm; it is the bridge that connects your toady to your tomorrow. I also established that God has written a beautiful script concerning us long before we came into the world. Also, Satanic kingdom, has written a counter script about us. But sadly, Humans are more aware about the physical existence than the invisible realm of existence where God dwells. And because of this fixation with the natural, Satan takes advantage to push forward his own script.
He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.John 3:31
Jesus is the first born among many brethren,. He is the the pattern son and he came from the above invisible realm to show us how to work in victory. He is the ladder that connects us to the heavenly realm. Through his sacrifice and death on the cross, he bridged the gap and brought us to seat with him in the heavenly realm. We find meaning for existence when we find him. He is our introduction to divinity and our true life or essence is found only in him. Jesus is the image of the invisible God; we know God in the face of Jesus. To overcome is to walk with Christ who understands the spiritual terrain and who is also the head of all things within the visible and invisible realms. The faith that overcomes is the faith that is built on Christ. Faith comes by hearing. This presupposes that, what we hear shapes and molds us. Faith is built by listening to, and adhering to the word of God.
With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!Psalm 119:10-11
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
The word of God is so critically important and requires our uttermost attention. David wanted to live a life of purity and a life that would bring honor to the Most High so he sought vigorously after Him and discovered the secret to pleasing God. “Your word have i hid in my heart” How can one hide the word of God in his heart? By meditation. It is the unveiling of the word that brings forth illumination or understanding. The word is unveiled when the eyes are opened by the Holy Spirit through meditation. Apostle Paul prayed in most of his epistles for opening of eyes as prerequisites for a proper understanding of the knowledge of God’s will and increased wisdom.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.Psalm 19:7
The Law of the Lord consist of his instructions, teachings and doctrines etc The law is perfect, flawless and without defect capable of restoring the soul back to its true essence. God has exalted his word above his name, Name speaks of authority and reputation of a person. In essence, we can take his word to the bank. His word is law, it signifies integrity.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother‘s womb.Psalm 139:13-17
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
¶ How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
You are a creation of God. He laid the foundation for your existence. He carefully weaved your delicate frame through his incomprehensible, power and skillful abilities. He molded not just your skeletal structure but your cells, your veins,and arteries etc. You are a maze that needs to be unraveled; that is why in verse 17, the Palmist declare after a deep session of meditation, “how precious are all your thoughts to me, o God!” It takes meditation in the word of God to come into this intimate knowledge of yourself. We are enjoined to stand firm and engage the word God has spoken concerning us “. Let us hold waveringly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful”. God who created you is able to execute what he has begun.
Faith means accepting the word of God as final authority. To develop faith to overcome means to be proactive. You are proactive when you enlighten yourself with the heavenly constitution (the word of God). Being proactive means becoming self aware, knowing your tendencies and familiarizing yourself with Godly script and even the enemy’s own. Being proactive is being able to choose your responses; it is the realization that you are not a victim of circumstances. Faith in the invisible God empowers you to superimpose what is written about you over the physical conditioning. “Faith without works is dead” says James the Apostle. Your experiences are not the problem but what your interpretations of them are, is what matters.
Are you seeing your problems through the lens of the world or through the scriptures? Freedom begins with you. You must be able to subject your feelings to value. For example, the word of God says “you are created in the divine image” but your circumstances tell you, “You are doomed.” And because you were recently fired from that employment, and because your reality is basically drawn from what you see from the visible realm, you tend to believe the second voice more. This is the foundation for bad self esteem, depression, hopelessness etc. This is how the enemy keeps us in bondage to sinful acts through guilt and feelings of hopelessness.
Growing your faith requires warfare. Faith brings the dead to life. You build momentum by insisting on what the scriptures say and through the art of confession. You can rise up unafraid to defy the King of Egypt like Moses did. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. As you familiarize yourself with the heavenly script, you will rise up from futility and from old sinful habits to faith and hope.