Conquest Takes Confrontation
I’m confident that if we took the things the Lord ministered to His disciples in John 14 and implemented them in our lives, there’d be no reason for us to succumb to problems — ever. We may not be able to prevent problems from coming, but we can prevent them from winning! We can be more than conquerors through Him that loves us — in every case.
Paul said, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” (2 Cor. 2:14). The Christian life is, or should be, a life of victory. It’s not victory without effort, however. In fact, once you become a Christian, there will be tremendous effort. The stronger you become in the Lord, the stronger the battle becomes. If you haven’t realized that, I may be bursting your bubble, but it needs to be burst.
You must recognize that God didn’t call us to avoid the devil. You should be seeking out the devil to destroy him and his works, not avoiding him. You should go on the attack. If you are looking for a place where there is no opposition, you need to die and go to heaven. But here on earth crises will hit.
The first thing you do when a crisis hits is to let not your heart be troubled. You need to get a hold of yourself and recognize your power of choice. The second thing is to put things into perspective. That’s what Jesus was doing when He talked about heaven. He was saying, “Look, guys, if you choose life, then build yourself up in faith. That should do it. But even if it doesn’t, even if you lose, you’ll still win. One way or another, you’re going to come through this thing victorious. All the problems you’ve had down here will be nothing compared to the glories God has waiting for you.”
I believe these teachings are some of the most needed things in the body of Christ today. Our surroundings, our nation, our world, are so negative. They are defeat-minded, depression-minded, criticism-minded. If you don’t have a positive attitude to counter that with, these things are going to overcome you. You can’t just ignore them and have them go away. You literally must take the truth and oppose doubt and unbelief with it.