Faith that Overcomes

“For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ; and having readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

If you sometimes or oftentimes find yourself feeling oppressed, heavy-laden, resentful, or angry (or anything else of a negative nature, for that matter), or even (and especially) diseased, for that matter, try the following. Plan to spend at least 10, 20, 30 or even more minutes away on a special walk, where you plan to do nothing but reaffirm for yourself the truthes about you and your relationship with God. Your walk might go something like this (you are talking the whole while, reaffirming for yourself what is true in your relationship with God. You are not praying or asking God for anything! You are affirming, and not praying. As such, you are declaring what is true, and releasing faith into your midst. Your prayer, then, is a prayer of thanksgiving, and not a prayer of supplication (I need such and such). It is also a prayer which “engages” or “enables” faith, and causes true faith to “rise up” in your midst, so that you can defeat the enemies that have been beating you down, causing you to be despressed and diseased:

“Thank-you, God, that I am more than a conqueror in Jesus Christ. Thank-you that you have given me faith, and that faith is real. Thank-you that, through my faith, I overcome every obstacle. Thank-you that I can, and do now, overcome (name any problem that comes to mind, e.g. depression, anxiety). Thank-you that (name of problem, e.g. depression) has no authority over me. I am victorious. I declare victory now. I am free from all effects of depression. I will never be affected again (you are releasing faith, and proclaiming victory, like God wants you to). Thank-you that I am indeed a victorious conqueror. God is with me. He will never leave me. He is here with me right now. I am free. I am able. I can all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank-you, God, that you do give me the power and the authority to conquer right now. Thank-God! (you let out scream of joy). Thank-you, God.”

You go on.

“Now that I have overcome depression, I move on to conquering every other foe in my life. Anxiety, you have no part of me, or of God’s kingdom. So I command you to go away. I will not be a slave to you, but you shall be a slave to me, in accordance with God’s word, which says that, through Christ, I shall conquer and have dominion. As such, I am not under you, nor will I ever be under you again (you are releasing faith here). I am a total conqueror, not because of my own strength, but because of the strength of Jesus Christ that works so powerfully within me (you are releasing more faith).”

In this way, you may continue on for 5, 10, 15, or even 20 minutes (or longer), until you know, that, in your heart, you have “settled the issue” between you, yourself, and every enemy that is trying to harass you. This then, is one of many methods to “gain the victory” in the midst of a battle which is truly raging around you.

God be with you as you persevere — in faith.

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)