Living in victory inside of Christ is our birthright. Jesus’ triumph is what we are always being led in. His word is the truth that makes us free as we turn to Jesus who makes us free indeed. So, with all that said: “victory, triumph, and freedom,” why does it seem so difficult for us to apprehend it in our life?
Faith and sight.
We walk by faith and not by sight. We have been given permission and called to enter into Christ’s victory, but it is too easy to look to see if it’s in our circumstances, which will interrupt our walk by faith.
Christ’s victory does not change because I am being defeated, nor is it increased when I have overcome. Christ’s victory is a stand alone victory! His victory, so sure, that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of His Father waiting for all His enemies to be made a footstool for Him. We have to assume this place in Christ too.
Our victory, however, can be warred over and even lost as we are tossed to and fro by circumstances and conflicts. The maturing process happens when we learn to move from what we see in the natural to what we hear in the Spirit; and there, learning to see what we hear. Entering fully into Christ experientially we experience His victory. Believing He has won, we then become confident that we win. Hope comes alive!
The word of God is our guide into Christ and His triumph. It is not so much ours to do as it is ours to behold and become. It’s more of a movie we are swept into as we behold His victory. By declaring Jesus and His victory that is found in scriptures, our hope comes alive. Seeing Jesus rise from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high, we can experience the emotions of His supremacy, His rest, and His resolve for utter completion. We can then see ourselves in scriptures inside of Christ, inside His victory.
The first thing that is changed is our vison as we begin seeing in the Spirit and truth. Second, our emotions change as hope comes alive again. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire realized is the tree of life. We have all had our hope disappointed in the natural but inside of Christ is hope eternal. Next, our thoughts begin to change; negative loops break apart as truth becomes the “what ifs?” Joy, peace, and righteousness fill us as we enter inside His kingdom in the Spirit.
We are not required to prove any of this; only believe. We are not required to defend or produce; only believe. In believing we are saved and we are saved by hope. No one can tell us when our faith will become sight, but we do know faith must first have hope to give substance to.
Entering into Christ and His victory–in His word and Spirit–is where hope comes alive.