Paulette Reed

Victorious Living

Well, we certainly are seeing a lot of trials and sorrows in the world, aren’t we? Sometimes it can be challenging to keep a positive attitude and trust God in all things. But let’s never forget that Jesus overcame the world and this is not our permanent home; we are just passing through as mists of fog.

Take a look at John 16:33 in the Amplified Bible. “‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with JOY]; I have overcome the world.’ [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”

WOW! It sure doesn’t make sense to the finite mind to be filled with joy as trials and sorrows surround us. But for believers who live Spirit-led lives, we know that Jesus always wins, and as we focus on Him, the Victorious One, He continuously leads us to victory.

Supernatural Strength

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) says, “‘Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’” This Scripture shows us how serious God is about His supernatural joy. He’s saying that HIS joy is YOUR strength, so we can safely assume that if you lose your joy, you lose your strength. Being in this world, but not of this world, let’s purpose to walk and live in God’s supernatural joy. And, as royal priests, when necessary we can straighten one another’s crowns without anyone even noticing. The world will know we are Christians by our love … and our joy.

How can we maintain joy when we’re surrounded by darkness? Well, Isaiah 60:2 (NIV) gives us a heads-up about darkness covering the earth, but we know that darkness is temporary and we also know that we’re set apart. Isaiah goes on to say, “the Lord rises upon YOU and his glory appears over YOU.” Now, that’s joy appearing right there because God’s glory is all that He has and all that He is. So, even though much in the world seems bleak and many things are abominations to God, there is a day coming when the Bright Morning Star will rule and reign forever. Oh, what a glorious day that will be for all believers. In the meantime, we can rejoice even now as 1 Peter 1:8 (TPT) explains: “You love him passionately although you did not see him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory.”

The First of Many Miracles

As we carry the Lord’s joy (and strength) and prepare for the greatest harvest of souls the earth has ever seen, let’s ponder John 2:2-11 in our hearts. Here we see Jesus attending a wedding in Cana with His mother and His disciples. The people there run out of wine and Jesus’ mother says, “Can’t you do something about this?” Jesus responds, “Dear woman … my time has not yet come.” Now, Jesus knew that once His time did arrive and He performed miracles, His life would change forever. Mothers can be persistent and very wise [yes, I’m biased]. So, Mary was determined to have this wrong righted at the wedding and she says to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” So, with Mary’s encouragement, Jesus moves ahead and asks the servers to fill six pots (20-30 gallons each) with water. Then He asks them to draw some and take it to the host. The host calls out in John 2:10, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best for last.” Yes, the best joy is being poured out now!

Oh, my friends, there you have it. Running out of wine here represents running out of joy. But listen! The need for restoration of joy became the platform for Jesus’ first miracle. And the restoration of your joy will become the platform for miracles. What a marvelous motivational key for victorious living, knowing that joy and miracles are synonymous. And let’s note in our text that this was the first of many miracles. Jesus’s time did arrive, and He revealed His glory so that many would believe in Him. May the joy and glory of God be revealed in and through you so that many will believe in the Heavenly Bridegroom. May you be filled with new wine and do even greater works as your life is changed forever.

 Declarations for You

The joy of the Lord is my strength
The Lord leads me to victory.
I will praise the Lord and be filled with joy (even if I can only whisper “Alleluia”).
I am the righteousness of Christ.
I will consider it pure joy when I face trials, because the testing of my faith produces perseverance and when it’s work is finished I will lack nothing.
God’s joy sets me free.
I will believe the Lord will do the works He did, and will do even greater things.