What Happens When We Take God At His Word
If we were to read the Word of God exactly as it is, most of us would be dramatically different from what we are.
Sometimes our greatest challenge is to simply believe God’s Word over our existing conditions. But when your state of affairs is not favorable, it can always be changed. Your circumstances are not final. The only thing that is absolutely unchanging is the Word of God. Many years ago, Jesus stated:
“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever”
Luke 21:33 NLT
Look upward and observe the sun. It has given light and warmth to our planet as long as man has been here. Yet even when it has passed away, the Word of God will not have proven untrue. The Word of God stands forever! So don’t you want to be someone who takes God at His Word?
I’m sure you do. With all this in mind, let’s examine one of the most potent scriptures in the New Testament:
All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.
Romans 5:17 TEV
Look carefully at the phrase “rule in life.” The New International Version translates it “reign in life”; Weymouth rephrases it “reign as kings in life.” You and I, as God’s children, are to rule as kings or queens!
These words are not merely man’s words, for we know that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV). God is stating that we will rule in life through the power of His Son. Notice He doesn’t say, “You will rule in heaven one day” or “You will rule in the next life.” No, He clearly decrees that we are to rule in this life through Christ.
One of my dictionary’s primary definitions of a king or queen is “one that is supreme or preeminent in a particular sphere.” The word reign is defined as “dominance or widespread influence.” To reign as a king or queen is to have supreme dominance and influence over a particular sphere.
In what sphere are we to be unsurpassed or paramount? The sphere of life. In other words, life on this earth is not to surpass us; we are to govern it. This is the Word of God, His promise to us!
Let’s take Jesus as our model of what this kind of life looks like. Jesus Christ ruled in life. He ruled over opposition and adversity. He brought heaven to earth. Angry crowds couldn’t push Him off the brow of a hill; He simply walked right through their midst. Demon-possessed people didn’t scare Him; He simply freed them. Storms didn’t stop Him; He simply calmed them. No earthly challenge was a match for Him.
Jesus set the bar for us to follow. And He expects us to do even more than He did: “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works” (John 14:12 NLT).
What do these truths stir in you today? In what areas or spheres is it time for you to step into rulership and victory? Ask God to seal His promises in your heart and empower you through His grace. You can see His Word fulfilled in every area of your life!
Written by John Bevere. Visit John’s blog at http://messengerinternational.org/blog.
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