The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, VICTORIOUS. Follow this link to obtain your copy of VICTORIOUS today.
1. GOD IS FOR YOU
“If God justifies you who can condemn you? (Romans 8:33).
God is for you not against you, He is so for you that He sent His Son to die for you and take your place and redeem you from the curse of the law. That means He justified you and declared you not guilty through the blood of Jesus. When the devil condemns you and says you’re nothing, you tell him, “God is for me.” If the devil tries to tell you you’re a looser and you’re not going to make it, you tell him, “God is for me, I’m a winner, and I will make it.”
GOD IS FOR YOU talks about what God did for you in Christ on the cross. He forgave you, He healed you, He delivered you, He blessed you, and He made you righteous. He did all those things for you.
It doesn’t matter who is against you, because God being for you is all that matters. God wins. Love wins. Righteousness and justice wins. Faith and hope win. God being for you and in you wins!
2. GOD IS IN YOU
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Not only did He do something for you, He did something in you because, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things pass away and all things become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) He recreated your spirit and made you a new creation. When He did that, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in your spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to Lord is one spirit with Him.” John the Apostle writes that He that is in us is greater than he that’s in the world (1 John 4:4).
So, God is dwelling in you and the Holy Spirit is joined to your spirit. Therefore, He will never leave you nor forsake you, He will be with you until the end of the age.
Get the wrong stuff out of you so that God may fill you with Himself and all of the fruit and gifts you need to overcome. Check off what needs to exit from your life in order for God to fill you…
- Painful memories
- Sin Habits
- Unhealthy and unholy relationships
- Abuse, adultery, or addiction
- Dysfunctional behavior
- Gluttony and unhealthy nutrition
- Depression, despair, discouragement
- Stubbornness and rebellion
- Attitudes of ingratitude
- Blame and irresponsibility
- Laziness and slothfulness
- Worry and anxiety
- _____________________ (You name the sin(s) that needs to go!)
3. GOD IS WITH YOU
Then there is this third dimension. Just like you go from babyhood to childhood to manhood, you grow up spiritually in three progressive dimensions. You have to learn the first dimension, God is for you. Then you move to that second dimension, which is kind of your adolescence stage where you know what God did in you and that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. However, you must then move to that manhood stage where you realize. WITH YOU is different than FOR YOU or IN YOU. It means God is WITH YOU in a manifestation of His power. His mighty power is in operation in and through you. He’s there with you whether you can “feel” Him or not. You know He’s IN YOU, but when you realize you have God WITH YOU, God’s power is manifested in your life. God WITH YOU is another dimension of your spiritual growth.
Look at how God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power and then He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed with the devil. The Spirit of God was in operation in the life of Jesus. You can know God is for you and God is in you, but real faith potential is not realized until the power of God is operating in your life. That’s what it means when it says, “God is with you.” He’s in operation and manifesting His power so the works of the devil are wiped out.
- WHEN GOD IS AT WORK WITH YOU, SICKNESS IS HEALED.
- WHEN GOD IS AT WORK WITH YOU, CANCERS ARE DESTROYED.
- WHEN GOD IS WITH YOU, YOU LIVE IN VICTORY.
Thanks be unto God who always causes us triumph in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14
And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him. Acts 7:9
God was in operation in Joseph’s life and look what happened to him. Even though he was lied about, he was slandered against by Potiphar’s wife, he was locked up in jail, he got all kind of promises of a great future and great destiny, and all hell came against him trying to stop him, the Bible says, God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles. Deliverance comes when God is with us. The power is in operation and brings about the victorious life.
You never know what God will do once you get in His manifest presence. This is what you need in your life every day. That is the key to victory. It’s not enough to know about and talk about it, you’ve got to experience God with you in your life. That’s the victory of the Christian life.
Look what He did with Joseph. He was with him in that prison and delivered him out of all his troubles with the Word of Wisdom and the Word of Knowledge. He was solving riddles and God was revealing things to him supernaturally because the power of God was in operation in his life. They said, “Get that man out of jail and get him up here. That guy hears from God, he’s solving my problems.” God was operating in his life and it brought him favor even with Pharaoh.
Stop wasting the power that God has given you through the baptism of His Spirit (Acts 2). Refuse to allow busyness to replace being fruitful—bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit through Christ working in and with you.