Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.
Considering this fresh new year, I prayed and asked God to give me a word for 2017. I’ve heard of people who do that, but this is my first time trying. As I prayed, the word He gave me was “Victory.” I certainly desire victory, in every area and in every relationship. In the ministry, over the forces of darkness. I want to see God break more chains and set more captives free this year. I want to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on this broken planet.
I would like to unpack that word “victory” this month.
For starters, God promises us that we have the victory in Christ. Victory over sin, victory over death, victory over the enemy of our souls.
So many times, Christians (including myself) walk around like we are defeated. We worry about our finances, our children, our careers, our ministry, and our purpose. We get stuck looking at the overwhelming circumstances around us, instead of looking up to the One who is in control.
That’s right, He’s in control. When our finances are non-existent, when our health is failing, our marriages are on the rocks, when we see no fruit from all of our labors in the mission field: we must remember that God is in control.
If we look to people, programs, our own intelligence or know-how, it will leave us empty and lacking. We cannot have true victory without the great victor, Christ. Let us turn to Him alone, and run to Him for answers and breakthroughs.
One word that is not in God’s vocabulary is “whoops.” He never overlooks us or what we are battling. He didn’t forget to handle that situation that you’re going through. It may not be His doing, but He has allowed it to happen. He is fighting for us, but the war is already won. We fight FROM victory, not for victory. God has accomplished it for us. He knows what’s happening, and He has a plan.
Let’s submit to that truth and trust in Him afresh this new year. He is in control, and we have victory in Him. Ask Him what He would have you do, and simply walk forward in obedience and trust.
Next week we will look at this word more in-depth, and what it means for us as the beloved children of this great, Victorious God.
I encourage you as well to ask God to give you a word for this year that has begun, and what He would desire to speak to you and do in and through you.
What word is God speaking to you for 2017?
In what areas have you felt defeated? How can you take hold of the victory that Christ has won for you?