The Price of victory: the Word

By Apostle Frederick K.C. Price

I believe that every Christian should be a victorious, overcoming, healthy, wealthy and wise child of God. But if you want to win, you will have to pay the price. It costs something to be victorious; you will have to pay your dues. But once you win, you will find it is well worth it all.

I sometimes wonder why people go to church on Sunday mornings or watch the television broadcast. I wonder if they ever consider whether or not the pastor has anything better to do than to share the Word with them week after week.

Here is the point I am making: I am a teacher. That is the ministry office that Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, has placed me in. Because I am a teacher, I am an imparter of information, giving not only truths from God's Word, but truths that I live by. I know, from my personal experience, that the Word can impact people's lives in such a way that life can become fun, fulfilling and worth living. Yet we still receive reports every week about people who are getting their backsides kicked in life. I am not talking about people who have recently found out about the ministry, but about people who have followed the ministry for many years.

Sometimes a person will come in for counseling, and say, "I've been here all these years, and I guess I really haven't taken in everything you have said." The person has been exposed to the Word all the time he or she has attended the church and has still tried to get ahead without doing things God's way. Now this person wants a crash course on how to get out of the crisis he or she is experiencing, instead of having implemented the Word from the outset to avoid the crisis before it manifested.

The Word works

People are getting their lives all messed up, and it is so unnecessary. Why not do what the Word says? It is that simple. The Word works. That is why I am so gung-ho on doing the Word. When we do the Word we will be victorious in life, especially when we confess the scriptures pertaining to the four areas listed below:

(1) What we are in Christ,

(2) Where we are in Christ,

(3) What we possess in Christ and

(4) What we can do in Christ.

What we are in Christ: Paul says in Second Corinthians 5:17 that we are a new creation, so we do not have to do any of the negative things we did before we were saved. We are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10), as well as heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Galatians 4:6-7). How much does God have? Everything. So we, as children of God, should have everything we need, and then some.

Where we are in Christ: Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20, Second Corinthians 5:14 and Colossians 3:1 that we are dead, buried, and risen with Christ. He adds in Ephesians 1:19-21 that we have ascended with Christ and are far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Fear is a name. Poverty is a name. Cancer is a name. Yes, these things may come against us, but we can stand against them in the name of Jesus. How much does sickness affect Jesus? If we are seated in heavenly places with Him, then sickness does not have any authority over us.

What we possess in Christ: According to First Corinthians 3:21-22, all things belong to us. Psalm 115:16 says God has given the earth to the children of men. Philippians 4:19 adds, And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Psalm 37:4 says, Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

What we can do in Christ: Philippians 4:13 says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. First John 5:4 says we are overcomers. Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20 that if we have faith as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for us.

Your confessing and acting on the truth of God's Word will compel Satan to acknowledge your authority and victory over him. It will, in turn, break the enemy's power to bind, hinder, or oppress you. That is why you need to get the Word of God into your spirit now!

Before I came into a knowledge of the Word, I would hear people say, "Well, I'm just an old sinner saved by grace. Y'all pray for me, that I'll hold out steadfast to the end." I thought that statement was the epitome of humility. But now when I hear it, I know that person does not know what God's Word says about the Christian.

You are everything that the Word of God says you are, whether or not you are actually experiencing that fact at the moment. It does not matter what someone else says about you. Keep confessing the Word, and your confession will affect your actions. I am not talking about a "get rich quick" scheme or a quick fix. I am talking about a way of living – the lifestyle of faith.

There is no way you can have fellowship and communion with God, know and act on His Word, and have any kind of lasting problem. You will have challenges that arise, but you can overcome them all by applying God's Word.

Get the Word into your spirit, no matter what age you are. Do not wait until you are 99 years old. Many young people, especially, tend to put this off. They take being around the Word for granted, and think, "This is for old folk." They forget that they are going to be old themselves sooner or later. Pay your dues now by getting the Word of God into your spirit. Study it, confess it, and live it, so you can win and keep on winning in life without so much as losing a step.
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