As Christians, victory is our inheritance. Two important facts establish our claim to a life of victory:

All the circumstances that we face are used by the Lord to produce in us a relationship of trust and rest in Him (Psalm 37:7). Situations which seem to be overwhelming provide an opportunity for God to display His grace and miraculous power on our behalf. In this lesson, we will study FOUR KEYS which, if expressed in our life, will allow God to reveal His hand right in the thick of our trials and circumstances.


While we are still on earth, there will always be difficulties - but how do we handle them? Many Christians find it hard to cope with these problems for two reasons: Two factors will help us as Christians face up to the problem at hand. We must:


Realising that the Lord is our answer

'' . . . we have no power to face this vast army . . . but our eyes are upon you'' 2 Chronicles 20:12 (see also Psalm 62:5; 121; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 3:16; Colossians 1:10-12).
In any situation, we must first of all realise that our answer is to be found in the Lord. His desire is for us to look to Him for help BEFORE we look anywhere else.

Seeing things from God's viewpoint

''We are asking God that you may see things, as it were, from His point of view'' Colossians 1:9 (Phillips).
When we face problems, we often see the problem highly magnified and distorted. But God sees these difficulties within the much larger framework of our lives. If we allow Him, God can begin to change the way we look at life's situations. Seeing things as God sees them helps us understand why the problem is there, and how to handle it.

Handling the situation from the throne

"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" Ephesians 2:6
When we are ''born again'' by God's Spirit (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23), God locates our life in Christ - and our basis of our authority is now in the throne. We can now approach ANY situation in life knowing that we have the full backing of heaven behind us (see Colossians 2:10).

Recognising that it is a spiritual battle

''For we are not fighting against people made of \flesh and blood. but against persons without bodies . . . those mighty satanic beings . . . who rule this world'' Ephesians 6:12 (TLB).
Problems and people often go hand in hand. Many of the difficulties that we have to face arise when someone opposes us. But when we realise that there are spiritual forces working behind many people, we can face the problem - and love the person doing us wrong at the same time.

Knowing that God is at work in the situation

"We are assured and know that (God being a partner in their labour), all things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose'' Romans 8:28 (Amp) (see also Psalm 105:16-22; Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 1:6; 2:13).
When we have the attitude that God is engineering the circumstances around us (which may be disguised as problems) for our good, then we can rest in Him . . . with complete assurance that He is able to help us in our need (Hebrews 4:16).


The victory is ours to receive

Firstly, we must DESIRE the victory, and be willing to receive it, Many Christians try to struggle it out with their problems, but the result is defeat. If we are ready to receive God's answer - not our own - then we allow Him to step into our situation ( see Psalm 73:26-28).

The basis of victory is Christ's work, not our work

The Lord doesn't look at what we are doing, but at what Christ has done for us. OUR victory is solely based on Christ's victory on the Cross. The only thing God wants from us is an act of our will in giving the situation over to God in complete trust (see Psalm 37:5-7.18-19, 23-24, 39-40).


Acknowledging Absolute Victory Over Satan Through Christ

" I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me - I am ready to for anything and equal to anything...that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency" Philippians 4:13 (Amp) (see also Romans 16:20; 1 John 2:14; 3:8)

Confessing the Word of God in the face of all circumstances

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful" Hebrews 10;23 (see also Philemon 6; Matthew 4:1-11).

Praising the Lord in all situations

''I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. l will constantly speak of His glories and grace'' Psalm 34: 1 (TLB) (see also Acts 16:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
"No, in all these things we win an overwhelming victory through him who has proved his love for us'' Romans 8:37 (Phillips) (see ualso verses 38-39).


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