Every true, born-again believer is assured the final victory on the Day of the Lord-when Christ returns to receive His own-but victory can also be ours between now and then if we focus on a few fundamental principles. Never forget who you are in Christ.
The Spirit of God is encouraging us to advance, and we must advance with boldness! Like Joshua, we are commanded to be “strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7), moving in power to take the Kingdom for the King! The cry has gone forth: “No hesitation!” We must rise up, walk in dominion power, and lay hold of the promises of God. This is not a time to be weak and waffling but a time to be bold and brave. Whatever the Lord has called us to do He will not leave us alone to do in our own strength. He will empower us and go before us, just as He went before the Israelites in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21).
Listen with your whole heart. Take courage! God has promised victory! He has called you to be the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13). Victory is guaranteed you because His power is greater than the world’s power: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
We are in the end-time harvest when both the seeds of good and evil are coming to full fruition. “ The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). God is calling us to arise and take a strong stand against the works of darkness. You were created for victory; now is the time to shake yourself and declare the proclamation found in Micah 3:8: “Truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord”!
We are to possess the land-a victory that will be accomplished by individuals, as well as by the corporate Body of Christ. The end-time Church will be a people of demonstrated power (2 Corinthians 2:1-5). It is time for the world to see a true demonstration of the power of God’s Spirit. The cry has come up before the throne of God, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That you would come down!” (Isaiah 64:1). Join with the plea of Psalm 90:16-17:
Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.
The Church ought to be hungry and desperate to see the works of the Lord. We should long for Him to establish the works of our hands-His work in the world. I don’t know about you, but I am weary of seeing the plans and purposes of men; I long to see the mighty acts of God! The Spirit of Truth is calling for us to come into the presence of the Lord.
The way is clear. Any believer can advance higher. God has extended an open invitation for all who will to “Come up here” (Revelation 4:1), to enter the door that is standing open in heaven so we can see and hear more clearly. Doing so will equip us to advance ever deeper in the anointing, making the most of our divine call.
Paul instructed us to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). This means to walk the clear goal and aim of fulfilling God’s divine purpose. This is not a time for us to wander around the mountain of defeat and unbelief. No! We are to lay hold of the promises of God, take Him at His Word, and stand firm in our faith.
One day God released to me this very encouraging statement: “This will be the season when My people begin to believe what they know. My Word will move from the head to the heart to the hands.” We will become doers of the Word, not content simply to be hearers. God has destined us to walk in victory, not defeat. We are called to be overcomers, not to be overcome. Remember, God has promised that no weapon formed against you can prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
Today the Body of Christ stands poised on the verge of the greatest move of God in the history of mankind. Accordingly, each of us should expect swift and radical change, swift and sure shift. We do not have the time for another trip around the mountain; we must enter into the promises of God. No matter how confused and confounded we have been in the past, we now can personally begin to cease from our wilderness wanderings, and begin to walk in our purpose, of seeking first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
Paul prayed that we would “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10). Our highest goal must be to advance theKing in His Kingdom. Our prayer each day must be, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” There must come a swift synchronization between our walk and heaven’s will. Just as Christ could say, “I only do that which I see My Father doing.” we too must have clear focus. No higher commendation could be given than hearing our Father declare,
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
It is imperative that we maintain a deep walk in the Word of God. This will bring about the freedom we need to draw near the Lord. We must approach His hill with clean hands and a pure heart (see Ps. 24:5-6). Each day we must seek to draw ever nearer to Christ, seeking to yield our will ever deeper to His will. It is as we truly behold Him with an unveiled face that we are changed into His likeness (see 2 Cor. 3:18.).
The blood of Christ has power to set mankind free from all bondage; the choice is ours if we want to walk in freedom. In the days to come we will see a radical return to the message of the redemptive blood of Christ, which is able to cleanse all sin.
Christ is calling His church today to advance on every front: to walk in the Word, in His anointing and in His power to overthrow the gates of hell and set the captives free. God extends each of us an invitation to come and see what He can do see Psalms 66:5.