Victory Over Our Afflictions

When we are examining the revelation concerning victory we have to have a well balanced mindset concerning the powerful truths that are involved in this mighty topic.
 
The apostle Paul was a man who wrote much on victory: Romans chapter 8 and 1 Corinthians chapter 15 definitely standout as shining examples concering the foundation upon which he built his life in Christ. Yet when you read the book of Acts there were many times in which Paul had to lay hold of Godʻs mercies to be able to stand against the fury of the demonic realm and those that were under its power. He was mocked, he was beaten, he was imprisoned, he was left for dead, he was shipwrecked and close followers and churches left him (2 Timothy 4:10, 2 Corinthians 4: 6-17).
 
How did Paul live in victory? Through grace and constant grace (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). When we are going through hard times and extreme demands are upon our lives may we ever depend upon and often throw ourselves upon Godʻs grace because if a man as great as Paul had to live on grace in and extreme way, how much more do we?!!!
 
Also in our battles and difficulties of life we mush guard agains negativitly. God has been faithful and will be faithful. But itʻs so important that we keep positive thinking (Philipians 4:8) based on the Word of God and guad the words that come out of our mouths as Proverbs warns, "death and life are in the power of the tongue." (Proverbs 18:25) 
 
Above all, we must cultivate our relationship with the Lord. Church activities and human relationships canʻt come first. Jesus must be the object of our first love (Revelation 2:1-4). He must be the Center of our hearts desires an the divine focus of our lives (Hebrews 12:1-3). We need to have a future hope in the goodness of God and a vision thatʻs saturated with faith, hope and love (2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Romans 8:17-19). According to scripture, all things arenʻt good, but all things are working together for good. Davidʻs vision for Godʻs goodness must be our vision (Psalm 27:13). And we must use the name of Jesus against the demonic powers that assault us. We need a prayerful warriorʻs mentality!!!
 
In our most challenging relationships or our greatest attacks and temporary set backs (note the word "temporary"), we need to expect and declare the Lordʻs breakthroughs. Like David, in 1 Samuel 30, encouraged himself in the Lord, we need to meditate on Joshua 1:8 and pray through until we have inner certainty in the Presence of God.
 
When Jesus was on the cross, He had victory. When Paul was in prison and later facing death, he had victory. In Christ there is victory for us in whatever challenges we face as long as we donʻt get a negative focus, nor allow ourselves to become bitter (Hebrews 12:15). There is an incredible inheritance that the Father has for us all, as we stand for His victory He will cause us to fully enter in to it!!!
 
In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote from a great servant of the Lord from previous generations: 
             
"When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lordʻs choicest wines." ~ Samuel Rutherford
 
We all have our seasons where we are surrounded and have to battle oppressions, depressions and some times even life itself. But victory is ours and will materialize. Gaze upon Jesus and be more determined, more than ever before, to be His victorious church!