I bet we could use some good news right about now.
Need a little relief.
Ready to make camp somewhere far from the battle grounds of life.
What if I told you that we have more than just deliverance from whatever battle we’re in right now, but that we have freedom that comes from someone taking the champion title for us years ago.
That there’s a powerful difference between the two.
And that we just need to believe it and live it.
When I heard speaker and writer Christine Caine preach that very thing at Passion 2016 a few months ago, it was like a huge curtain of deceit had been pulled away. The enemy would love us to think in terms of deliverance from this one battle we’re in, in the moment… and settling or wishing for immediate deliverance, instead of realizing the full potential of the freedom already given us.
The enemy loves when we take our eyes off the Freedom Giver and let ourselves get carried away with our own need.
And the enemy loves when we go on the defence when our offense has already been declared a win.
How many times have I only asked God to remove me from the immediate circumstance, when His desire is to unlock the freedom we’re supposed to already walk in, the freedom He died for, and carry it with us into every situation.
The resurrection, the ultimate victory supplied.
Over every battle, even the ones to come.
Are we living as victorious as we should be? A resurrection-quality victory? Do we keep the perspective of someone who knows we have already inherited freedom regardless of how the outcome seems?
Am I looking at life through the lens of resurrection and victory?
As I watched the live conference on my screen, I had to ask myself if I had let myself become so obsessed with instant deliverance that I forgot once again that the battle isn’t ever mine, it’s His! That He brings a freedom greater than any isolated-delivering, and that every battle that comes my way is, as Caine stated, “Fought FROM a position of victory, not FOR a victory!”
So okay, that really changes everything.
I went to my Bible to see verses on battles with new eyes and ears.
We’re not just delivered, we’ve been given His immeasurable freedom to claim for our own.
So here’s 5 promises from His Word for your battles and as you read them, make sure you read them through the eyes of a victor!
Romans 3:37 has the promise of a victorious status.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
1 Peter 2:9 has the promise of being chosen and living now in His wonderful light, with no more darkness.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
Psalm 40:9-10 gives us the right to make a firm declaration!
“I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. I have not hidden Your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the people.”
2 Chronicles 20:15 is a promise from the very mouth of God Almighty, a promise we can anchor our freedom to when battles come!
“And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”
Philippians 4:19 is a promise of the provision that literally finds itself in the form of Christ our victor who purchased our freedom.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Friends, we are no longer defined by our battles.
He desires that we be defined by how we were purchased by His death for complete freedom.
One of my favorite words in Hebrew text is the word ‘chuphshah’ (pronounced khoof-shaw’). It’s one of the hebrew words for freedom. There are quite a few words for freedom, many meaning a holiday, taking a liberty, freely spontaneous.
But would you like to know the special definition for chuphshah?
It means ‘slavery no more’
Let Him whisper it once more, “You are no longer bound to this fight, beloved. I already purchased the victory.”
Let Him paint the truth across your heart, “You are not defined by this one battle, you carry my stamp of deliverance, bought with a price that cannot be beat.”
Let Him fuel you to full-time-freedom, “You are no slave to the enemy, but a victor because I gave you the win. Now live it.”
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I pray we take those five promises from His Word, and allow them to propel us into the Promised Land this week, as already-victors.
And remain free.
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