Psalm 34:19 (KJV)
The patterns of God are incredibly powerful. As long as you follow these patterns, you cannot go down.
God’s integrity backs His Word, giving us confidence in His promise to never fail.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 (KJV)
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Foundational Truths For Every Believer
1. As believers, we are called to live a life of victory. (1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, John 10:10, John 3:16-17, Ephesians 4:18)
2. The basis for the believer’s victory in the Kingdom, is the finished work of Jesus Christ.
3. The Bible clearly states that believers will experience affliction, losses, pains, and challenges in life. (Psalm 20:1-5)
“Good understanding giveth favor: But the way of transgressors is hard.”
Proverbs 13:15 (KJV)
When principles are violated, the predicted end result can be found in the Scriptures.
However, when believers experience afflictions, even after standing for integrity, rejecting compromise, and serving the purposes of the Kingdom, there’s a biblical explanation and perspective for this.
Exodus 1:8-14, Job 1:1-6; 13-20, Ruth 1:1-5-8, Acts 12:1-5, John 16:33, Hebrews 12:2, Number 21:1-5, Psalm 123:2
Five Biblical Keys for the Believer’s Victorious Living in the Face of Affliction:
1. Look Unto Jesus. (Psalm 34:1-10) Look To Jesus Song by Gloria Muliro
What does it mean to look?
“To look” means to direct one’s gaze away from and toward someone or something.
It also denotes relying on and depending entirely on God, even in moments of incomprehension.
Looking unto Jesus may seem simple, but can be difficult to do.
Trusting God’s plan and His ways brings life and dominion. Although God’s ways may not always make sense, they hold the key to life.
Scriptures that emphasize the importance of Believers Looking Unto Jesus:
1. Psalm 127:1-2
2. Romans 9:16
3. Psalm 62:11
4. Psalm 112:1-9
Psalm 20:7, Psalm 113:1-9, Matthew 11:3;6
When God is silent, it is important to understand what His silence depicts. In His silence, lies a message.
The believer’s faith is not based on results, but rather on their unwavering commitment to trust in Jesus.
There will be moments in life when you can’t find answers to your challenges. In those moments, it is important to look unto Jesus and wait on Him.
2. Commit to prayer even amidst pain, affliction, despair, or hopelessness.
(James 5:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
In the midst of difficult situations, your spirituality is tested. When you do not know what to do or don’t understand what is happening, pray!
It is in the place of prayer that direction and answers come.
It may not be easy to pray, but when you pray, strength is supplied to you.
“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
Prayer has no correlation with appetite; rather, it is a necessary obligation. It is imperative that you engage in prayer.
3. Meditate upon and speak The Word over that situation. (Joel 3:10, Isaiah 3:10, Psalm 107:2)
When you lose all forms of strength, there will always be enough strength to “say”. Speak The Word to situations and challenges around you.
Pray: In the name of Jesus, I decree and declare that it is well with me.
When emotions take the wheel of your Christian journey, it leads to a disastrous outcome.
No matter the obstacles you encounter, it is crucial to speak The Word of God concerning your circumstances.
Every situation possesses the ability to perceive and comprehend the voice of God.
4. Seek comfort, prayer, and help from godly friends and the family of Believers. (Acts 4:21-24, 1 Thessalonians 5:25, Phillippians 1:19)
Living an isolated Christian life will not benefit you during times of adversity.
The evidence of your connection to a spiritual family goes beyond mere attendance; it is demonstrated through service and active involvement within the family.
Your involvement can entail nurturing strategic relationships by sowing seeds of kindness, love, commitment, and care among fellow believers.
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10 (KJV)
You know that you are an active contributor to the Kingdom of God when people can detect your absence.
As a believer, beyond attending church, be genuinely connected in truth and contribute to making an impact in God’s Kingdom.
Four Categories of Destiny Helpers:
1. Divine connectors: They do not have the power to solve your problem, but they know people who can provide a solution to your problem.
2. Men of influence: These are great men who have credibility and a track record. Their endorsement of you can override limitations and grant you access to something you desire.
3. Gifted individuals: A single gifted person can save you from unwanted challenges.
4. Burden bearers: They have an assignment to bear your burdens and prevent you from failing.
Five Biblical Keys for the Believer’s Victorious Living in the Face of Affliction:
5. Engage The Prophetic. (Hosea 12:13)
Regardless of the abuse of the prophetic, genuine prophecy is a potent ministry capable of averting afflictions.
Every time affliction occurred in the Scriptures, prophets helped to turn around people’s captivity and aided them in attaining victory.
“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends: also The LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 (KJV)
You rejoice in the midst of a storm when you maintain an understanding that God is capable of delivering you from every form of captivity.
Never be ashamed of your battles; it is common for all men to face battles.
It is important to stand confidently and fight your battles with faith and prayer until victory is attained.
God lifts, restores, and is able to erase people’s tears.
He can transform your life to become a sermon; a testament of His goodness and faithfulness.
In the name of Jesus, you will rise again.
May the mighty outstretched arm of God change your situation for good!
For believers, the terms “righteous” and “affliction” are not unfamiliar. Sometimes, these two concepts can be closely intertwined, but it is crucial to never give in to defeat.
Though you may shed tears, seek solace in the Word of God, which declares “It is finished.” Rest assured that you will emerge victorious from your trials.
Pray: Lord, I understand that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but I bank on Your capability to deliver me!
I lay down my challenges before You this moment, deliver me, in the name of Jesus!
It may not look like it, but in the name of Jesus, I’m praying for you, you will rise, you will shine!
For parents: During your lifetime, you will witness God lifting your children, and you will have a reason to rejoice, in the name of Jesus!
Lift up your voice in prayer and begin to lay down your burdens and challenges before God. Mention the areas where you are currently experiencing affliction.
In the name of Jesus, I speak over your life and destiny, every affliction that has brought you tears, shame and pain, I decree and declare, that affliction comes to an end now!
In the name of Jesus, I prophesy to someone, between now and the end of June, return with extraordinary testimonies in the name of Jesus!
To everyone in ministry, regardless of your areas of struggle, I prophesy to you, rise to your place of destiny in the name of Jesus!
I command everything missing in your life to return back now, in the name of Jesus!
Ecclesiastes 4:10, Habakkuk 3:4
James 2:26 (KJV)
I call forth your destiny helpers and insist that they find no rest until they locate you, in the name of Jesus!
Whoever has been ordained by God to be stationed around your life; may The Father of spirits summon that destiny helper into your life, in the name of Jesus!
Every unclean spirit that has attached itself to any situation around your life, to create pain; I separate you from that spirit now, in the name of Jesus!
May The Blessing speak over your finances, family, marriage and destiny!
I speak life to your prayer and Word study life, in the name of Jesus!
You will not die prematurely, in the name of Jesus!
I prophesy, may the grace called favour rest upon your life, in the name of Jesus!