We are just in the middle of the first month of the year 2015, and in as much that a lot of people start this year with too much excitement and faith, a lot of people, as well, are starting to succumb to the “dying down” momentum. Passion getting lesser and pressure creeping.
How many of us started the year with high hopes that we will work better, not be late in school or office, eat healthier, and the likes? Quite common for a new year’s resolution, right? What about in more serious areas of life? “I will love more people”, “…forgive, reconcile, reach out, overcome fears, battle with certain struggles in life”… And by looking at these things, we end up being pressured. Pressure to perform, pressure to change, pressure to deliver, pressure to be better… And because pressure is quite an overwhelming force, we, most of the time, just settle for less… to just survive.
Surviving something is good. As the famous song by Gloria Gaynor says, “I will survive, I will survive! Hey, Hey!” However, If you will look at who we really are in light of our God-given identity, we are not just destined to “just survive,” but to “Conquer!” Because our faith is not a limited faith, but a faith beyond boundaries, we have the power to conquer and not to settle for a survival mode only.
The Bible reminds us in Romans 8:31-32, 37 that we are more than conquerors in christ Jesus.
(31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
DO NOT JUST SURVIVE WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO CONQUER
What are the things that God has called you to conquer this year?
Why settle for an average grade if God wants you to elevate this year and conquer those studies?
What about those struggles in purity? Did we come to a point of just accepting that we are defeated, and this sin-repent cycle will just continue to be the theme of life here on earth, or do we see the empowering grace God has given us in Christ Jesus, that tells us that we are overcomers, and we have the power to say no to sin?
Financially, how are we navigating through the pressure of spending and believing for more, and ending up in lack? Shall we just accept this, or are we going to appropriate the faith God has given us to believe and receive what He already has in store for us?
In certain sickness, have we discovered the healing power of Jesus on the cross?The Bible says, by His stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)
What we need is an Aggressive Faith.
To be aggressive means to be ready and willing to fight, like using forceful methods to succeed or to do something. And Because we know that the enemy, Satan, is aggressively destroying our faith and hopes by stealing, killing and destroying (John 10:10), we should also be aggressive in laying hold of God’s promises for us. Faith takes an aggressive attitude towards God’s promises. Even if it takes waking up every morning and commanding those things that are not yet as if they are! (Romans 4:17: God…who gives life to the dead, and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”)
Are you as aggressive in laying hold of God’s promises as you should be? 1 John 5:14-15 says,
(14) And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (15) And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Don’t just survive it. Conquer it! God has given us the grace and POWER to conquer by faith.
Name one thing you have been surviving in the past years and write it down. Believe God that you will not just survive it this year, but you will conquer it. (Faith Goal) Pray about it / Pray with someone / group, that God will activate your limitless faith to believe for this one thing to come to pass