Topic: Live The Higher Life [Friday, May 19th]
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).*_
These are the words of Jesus; such powerful, comforting, lifting and encouraging words! He said, “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” What a confession. He lived the higher life. When He physically walked the earth, even though He was in a world plagued with gross darkness, economic hardships, sickness, oppression, disasters, death, etc., He was so detached from the problems and the influences of His day. He lived in another realm, unscathed by the vagaries of nature and corrupting influences in the world.
Why was He so different? It’s because He had a peculiar mind-set; the mind-set of the righteous. And according to the Scriptures, we’re like Him. 1 John 4:17 says, “…as he is, so are we in this world.” We’re therefore to live the higher life—in absolute dominion over the world and its systems as He did. His victory over the world was for you. You’ve already been made triumphant.
When you face challenges, persecutions, distressing situations, turbulent times, be of good cheer, because in Christ, you’ve overcome the world. 1 John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Having this consciousness will even affect your prayer language; you won’t be begging God to help you against the enemy or to deliver you from the problems you might be facing. Rather, you’d say, “In the Name of the Lord Jesus, I have overcome the world and its systems, its hatred, its penury, its corruption, depression, and falsehood!”
Refuse to allow anything in this world get you depressed or despaired; you’re more than a conqueror. You’re bigger than the world and all its problems. Live the higher life in Christ by simply living in God’s Word.
I’ve overcome the world and its systems, because greater is He that’s in me, than he that’s in the world. I live in dominion over all the powers and schemes of the enemy, as I walk in the wisdom and righteousness of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Psalm 34:19-22 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. ||
|| 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. ||
|| Romans 8:31-39 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 8:48-59,
2 Kings 1-3
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 11:12-26,