It’s been a while since I shared something in the “Thoughts about God” category. It is my utmost desire that this article brings you much-needed hope and comfort in a time such as this. Stay safe, stay strong, and don’t lose hope.
Now to the topic: So what does it mean exactly to be fruitful or victorious?
Well, according to the dictionary; to be fruitful is to be productive, to yield results and have abundant growth.
This sounds quite ironic considering the fact that we’re in a quarantine/lockdown period. But we hear a lot of campaigns for us to stay productive despite the circumstances, while some feel it’s just too much pressure right now. After All, we’re all just trying to survive a pandemic and figure out what life would be like after, when this is all over.
I’m not for taking sides to every debate, but I would say that fruitfulness is a characteristic of the kind of life a Christian should have. God expects us to be fruitful in and out of season. Like a tree with evergreen leaves all year round.
Scriptural references: John 15:1-5, Prov. 11:30, Ps. 1:2-3
To our next keyword: Victorious. To be victorious is to be a winner, a conqueror in battle, contest, challenge or struggle.
Needless to say, in a flawed and perverse world such as the one we live in, there are bound to always be challenges or battles which may be personal or shared with others. We are at war right now, against a virus. A battle for humanity, our survival against a disease.
I’m here to tell you that we have a consolation, a source of hope, victory assured not in ourselves, or abilities, but in the one who has already won it all for us.
For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]. Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world? It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:4-5 AMP.
I know there are some of us that love science fiction and superheroes, but to me, Jesus is my ultimate superhero because, at the cross, He won it all when He said: “it is finished”. John 19.30.
The phrase “it is finished”, is inclusive of everything; all problems. This is the victory Christ purchased for us and our inheritance.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
John 16:33 AMP.
In life, situational experiences can be so overwhelming that we find it hard to see any circumstantial evidence that could provide hope, a relief or way out. But we can’t choose to be blinded that we can’t see the inheritance we have in Christ. We do have the help of His spirit, available to reveal these things to us that we might have access to these victories and live in them, that they become our very reality. That we come out undefeated, conquerors rather than defeated victims. Eph. 1:18.
What are some of these victories, if you ask me?
They are promises and truths embedded in His word that are meant to become everyday realities for us. It is sad when we live short of the victorious life, not out of ignorance, but a lack of understanding. For it’s not enough to just know, we have to take it a step further and understand the truth.
We have access to live a supernatural, extraordinary and abundant life. One above the limitations of this broken world.
These victories are innumerable but I would enumerate a few here.
VICTORY OVER SIN
Victory over the flesh, it’s challenges and limitations can’t ever be overemphasized. Christ has given us all that we need to live above sin and conquer it. At salvation, we receive positional righteousness, not of works but by grace. We only then build up from there.
Scriptural references: Rom. 8, Gal.5:16, 2 Pet. 1:3, Rom.6, Luke 10:19.
VICTORY OVER FEAR
Fear and worry is a broad set with so many other subsets; fear of failure, the unknown, the future and so on.
God replaces our fear with His incomprehensible peace, one that surpasses our human understanding.
Did you know that fear and worry signifies a lack of trust? In essence, faith.
Faith is unconditional trust in someone out of confidence in that person’s ability. It is based on experience.
At times we find ourselves questioning why trials come our way, but we know that when we overcome, it builds greater trust, confidence and brings us closer to God.
Our desires should be to go beyond the theoretical knowledge of God to the experiential knowledge of him because that’s what builds faith: personal experience.
Scriptural references: 2Tim. 1:7, Phil. 4:6-7
VICTORY OVER WEAKNESS
Weaknesses mean a lot of things; from physical, mental, financial, emotional, even psychological.
What we do know is that though we as humans are invariably susceptible to diverse weakness, we can receive strength from God. We can be strengthened by Him. His joy is our strength, He has come to carry a lot of our burdens for us, so we don’t necessarily have to be overwhelmed. We can offload them unto Him, He’s ever ready and available to do so for us. 2 Cor. 12:9-10.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Getaway with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG.
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfil His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
Philippians 4:13 AMP.
VICTORY OVER THE MIND
You might have heard this phrase before “The mind is a battlefield”. Yes, it is. All thought processes emanate from it, hence the battle is first won in the mind.
It is our control centre, our most powerful organ, yet the most vulnerable.
Once the victory in the mind is won, all other victories become more easily accessible. Scripture says in 1 Cor. 2:16- “… We have the mind of Christ”. However, this doesn’t happen automatically, but through constant renewal with the word of God. We find access to a wealth of wisdom that helps to transform us into better people.
Scriptural references: 2 Cor. 3:14-18, 1 Cor. 2:9-16, Rom. 12:1-2, James 1:22-25
The word of God is a goldmine of treasures, just waiting to be found. Happily dig in.
Love and Grace,