Lord, thank you that I have joy in the midst of my troubles, darkness and toil. You keep my spirit alive and full of patient expectancy despite the present difficulties. My spirit is eager to hear from you, Lord and to see you at work in this situation. I give you thanks that because of my faith, I am victorious. There is light in the darkness that can only come from you. My strength and power come from your spirit that is within me. Thank you, Lord, that I am victorious. Amen.
Praise: Lord, I praise you, that you lead me to victory in all situations, regardless of how glim they may seem. You provide me with the faith to endure these temporary difficulties.
Welcome to day 3 of our Victorious Living study. The image above has our scripture passages for today. Take some time to look them up in your Bible, reflect upon them and write them in the “Reflection” area of your workbook.
In Christ Jesus we have victory over every sort of trial. When our faith is rooted in him, we know that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
We can do many things with our own will and might, but only the things done for the Lord will last. We can toil to achieve success here on earth, better looks, bigger houses, more money…and allow our hearts to take delight in all that we achieve with our labor. We reward ourselves for working hard, for acquiring things and think that we have achieved them alone. It is but for the Grace of God that we are where we are, that we have what we have, that we find intermediate success here on earth. But in all of the doing and achieving there lies a danger of self-self sufficiency and hedonism. We become lover of selves and seekers of pleasure. This pleasure is only temporary, but the Kingdom of God is forever.
One day, when things come upon us and we find ourselves heavy laden, we discover that our source of victory all along was the Grace of God. Even now, in our present trials, all we must do is call upon His name and believe. Our faith brings us victory, for we are victorious in all things with Christ Jesus.
For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
The Lord is willing to fight our battles for us. He will fight on our behalf and slay our enemies if we believe. It only takes a grain the size of a mustard seed to believe. If you are facing a trial, big or small and you feel hopeless, frustrated, angry or your blood pressure has reached the boiling point, exhale fear. Quiet your body and mind down enough to inhale courage, for he will “fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
List some situations in your life where God stepped in and offered you joy in the midst of trial:
Write three praises for the joy you felt in the midst of your trials:
Write a prayer of victory: