Knowing we are humans with a need for order and understandability, God graciously places patterns and pathways throughout scripture to teach us His principles, plans, and processes to live a victorious, righteous (everything in its right place) life.
Jesus taught using parables, analogies, and hyperboles to teach us the way to live in, and live out, the Kingdom. On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Holy Spirit showed me His plan for victory from both the Old and the New Testament. He revealed this revelation knowledge in Psalm 110 and Mark 1 – both of which were on my reading plan for the day. He showed me the 4 P’s to victorious living through both passages – ‘In the mouth of two or three witnesses’, ‘treasures in the old and the new’ – and both passages taught the same process.
Here are the 4 P’s to victorious living as shown to me:
‘Yahweh said to my Lord, the Messiah, “Sit with me as enthroned ruler while I subdue your every enemy. They will bow low before you as I make them a footstool for your feet”.’
‘One day, Jesus…had John immerse Him in the Jordan River…
‘…a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “You are my Son, my cherished one, and my greatest delight is in you!”’
Some key points from these two passages are:
- We are invited to sit (relax, recline, rest from our labors), not made to sit – we have a choice.
- We are to see ourselves as enthroned rulers – one who sits in a place of authority based our acceptance of the invitation to sit.
- God is the one who subdues our every enemy
- Jesus obeyed ‘the way things were done’ by going to John to be baptized. Even though He was God, He recognized His position as a man as well as God.
- We are children of God, His cherished ones, and His greatest delight is in us.
These scriptures directly refer to Jesus. We are in Christ. Our inheritance is in Him.
We are seated with Jesus in the Heavenlies – in a place of authority in Him. If we are in Christ (the mystery of the Gospel), then who He is, we are. As He became like us, we become like Him.
The first step to allowing God to obtain our victory, is to accept our position – our willingness to rest from our labors to achieve the victory ourselves, and to recognize why He would do this for us – because we are His children, He cherishes us, and we are His greatest delight.
‘I know God himself will establish your kingdom as you reign in Zion-glory. For He says to you, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”’
‘The moment Jesus rose up out of the water, John saw the heavenly realm split open, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and rested upon Him.’
Some key points from these two passages are:
- Again, God Himself will establish His Kingdom as we choose to reign by sitting in our place of authority
- God gives us the command to ‘Rule in the midst of your enemies!’
- The Holy Spirit is the power of God. He descends from the Father and rests on us when we are obedient
The kingdom of the world is what we were born into. The world is still in the fallen state Adam brought it to. When Jesus came to earth, He showed us how to reinstate God’s Kingdom on earth until He takes it over completely. God’s Kingdom is like a crescendo in music. It starts out small and builds until the climax. The ‘takeover’ of the world’s kingdom by God’s Kingdom started out slowly (with 12 disciples) and is growing until the climax of Jesus’ return.
In the meantime, during this crescendo, we are to ‘rule in the midst of our enemies!’. This does not only refer to the world’s enemies such as the economy, discrimination, etc., it also refers to our own enemies – our ‘old man’ ways of thinking and behaving. We, not He, are to rule in the midst of all our enemies. As the Holy Spirit descended and rested on Jesus after He obeyed God, so the Holy Spirit empowers us after we make the choice to obey God.
The second step to allowing God to obtain our victory is to partner with the power God gave us to rule (the Holy Spirit) in the midst of every enemy we face – internal and external.
‘The Lord stands in full authority to shatter to pieces the kings who stand against you…’
‘Jesus…preached the wonderful gospel of God’s Kingdom realm. His message was this: “At last the fulfillment of the age has come! It is time for the realm of God’s Kingdom to be experienced in its fullness! Turn your lives back to God and put your trust in the hope-filled gospel!”.
‘The people were awestruck and overwhelmed by His teaching because He taught in a way that demonstrated God’s authority, which was quite unlike the religious scholars.’
Mark 1: 14-15, 22
Some key points in these passages are:
- The Lord (and we in Him) stand in full authority to shatter those who stand against us – internally and externally
- Jesus’ entire mission (and ours is to be as well) is to preach the wonderful realm of God’s Kingdom realm – that is it to be experienced here and now by turning our lives back to God and put our trust in His gospel (good news) of His Kingdom and our part in it. The message of the hope of what the Kingdom brings to us is not to be left out of the preaching.
- The ‘standing’ is in the authority of the Word of the Kingdom.
- Even though the teachers of the time knew the Old Testament and the Law, inside and out, they missed the main message – Jesus – therefore, their teaching was without authority, unlike Jesus’ teaching who taught with authority.
Standing implies persistence, refusing to move, to respond, or to react. One stands when one is confident they are in the right position for the present moment or time. To stand is to be confident. What we stand on is the key. To stand on the Word of God and of His Kingdom is the authority – the rock. It is God’s Word and its manifestation in our lives and the lives of those we preach to, who receive it, that people will recognize as true authority. When we stand on His Word, He brings the victory. As we lift up Jesus, He will draw all men to Himself.
The third step to allowing God to bring us the victory is to stand (persist) on His Word as we exercise our authority by preaching the good news of His Kingdom.
‘..He will drink from His inheritance as from a flowing brook; refreshed by love he will stand victorious!’
‘Being deeply moved with tender compassion, Jesus…’
Mark 1: 43
Some key points in these passages are:
- We can drink from our inheritance
- Our inheritance is like a flowing brook
- When we drink, we are refreshed – refreshed by love
- When we are refreshed, we can stand
- When we stand, we are victorious
- Jesus was moved with tender compassion
As children of God, we have an inheritance from our Father. Once we die to ourselves, we can begin to inherit our inheritance – as the Father already sent Jesus to die for us – in essence, He already died so we can receive our inheritance. Our inheritance is like a flowing brook – it is always present, always ready to refresh us, and there for us when we need it. When we get thirsty, we can drink from our flowing brook. The water we drink is love – we are refreshed by love. Every promise from God is ‘yes and amen’ in Jesus. God is love, therefore, every promise is love. We are refreshed by love when we stand on God’s promises in His Word because He is love. As water refreshes us when we are thirsty and gives us the energy to continue, so does the water of God, His love through His Word. When we drink of His Word, we are refreshed and able to continue standing on His Word until we see (with our physical eyes) the victory manifest. The victory is already a present reality in the Kingdom. Standing brings it into the physical. Jesus was moved with tender compassion because He is love.
The fourth stop of allowing God to bring us the victory is to be refreshed (and to refresh others) with love. We have to remain in the presence of love and be the presence of love.
In summary, the four steps to living the victorious life are:
- Position: Allow God to obtain our victory, by accepting our position – our willingness to rest from our labors to achieve the victory ourselves, and to recognize why He would do this for us – because we are His children, He cherishes us, and we are His greatest delight.
- Power: Partner with the power God gave us to rule (the Holy Spirit) in the midst of every enemy we face – internal and external.
- Persist: Stand on His Word as we exercise our authority by living and preaching the good news of His Kingdom.
- Presence: Be refreshed (and refresh others) with love. We have to remain in the presence of love and be the presence of love.