Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We Confess Hope, Truth, Victory and Identity in Christ

It has become more acceptable to confess sin, brokenness, struggles, and defeat than to confess and/or declare hope, Truth, victory, and identity in Christ.  People spend more time talking about their personal struggles and "prayer requests" than they do talking about Christ in us, His victory, righteousness, finished work, and who we are in Him.  More time is spent giving credit to the enemy and his works than to God and His FINISHED work.  This makes for a big devil, and a small God, even if unintentionally.

Bastion Ministries is committed to confessing, dwelling on, and declaring God and His glory, His attributes, His works, and His power.  Although we do face many of the worldly struggles that others do, we choose to handle them differently.  We choose not to dwell on them, live in them, and become defeated, but to look at all through the lens of Christ, to bring Him to each circumstance.  We choose to use our words for, and dwell our minds on the praiseworthy, admirably, lovely, and true things as we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

We choose to bring life with our words and declare the testimony of God which defeats the works of the enemy.

Revelation 12:10-11 “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

We choose to speak words that bring healing, life and encouragement.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,  sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

The world has enough sin, brokenness, and darkness, it doesn't need us to confess those things.  The world needs us to know who we are in Christ and to bring His Light to all of the darkness.  To confess His glory, His victory, His power.

I'm not saying there is no place for confession of sin and struggles, but I am saying those should always be followed up with Truth and confession and declarations of hope, victory, and identity in Christ.  I am also saying that our confessions and declarations should be way more about God in us and what He has done, who He has made us, then the lies and attacks of the enemy.  

I think a lot of times our confessions of struggles are focused on for the sake of being "real" and relating with others.  The most "real" thing about us is Christ in us.  He is our reality.  The world doesn't need to relate to our struggles, they have their own.  They need to know the truth that there is more than our struggles.. that there is victory and freedom from struggles... that there is One who has already overcome.

Spending your time and energy on something gives it power.  Would you rather use your thoughts and words to give power to the enemy, or to God?  The more we dwell on our struggles, the more defeated we feel.  The more we dwell on Christ's victory and freedom, the more victorious and free we feel.  Spend your thoughts on Heavenly things and allow your mind to be renewed to the reality of the victory that has already been won.  

So friends, I challenge to spend your time, energy, thoughts and words on truth today... on victory... on hope... on who you are in Christ.  Let's be a people who confess His glory and goodness to the world.  So tell us, what is God teaching you today?  What is He doing in, through and around you?  Let's celebrate Him!

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