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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
Dear friend and follower,
Did you know that regular confession of God’s Word yields desired results – abundant blessings, favour, guidance, protection, success, VICTORY?
This is why Jesus died – to destroy the works of the devil, so we may enjoy a God-glorifying and victorious life. (Luke 1:78-79)
Now, you need to be warned that regular negative confession will also work in reverse. If (for example), you keep saying: I’m such a loser! My life is such a mess! – guess what? You will have exactly what you consistently say. What you confess is what you’ll possess!
So what makes the difference?
Personal choice! You can choose to confess God’s Word, or choose to confess your negative experiences and feelings.
Do your circumstances make you feel like a victim?
Believe me, I know from personal experience that nobody wants to feel that they are a victim and not many would wish to even admit that they are one.
Perhaps we should look at what exactly defines a victim.
Dictionary.com gives the following definitions:
a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency:
(as in a victim of an automobile accident)
a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency:
(e.g. a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion).
There are 2 further definitions but for the purposes of this post, I’m interested only in the two given above.
So, now we’ve established what defines a victim, where do you stand?
Are you a victim?
Are you tired of being, or feeling like a victim?
Are you wondering how you can change the status quo?
Did you answer: Yes! Yes! And yes!?
Well dear friend(s) God wants the same thing for you.
If you are earnestly seeking to change your status from perpetual victim to triumphant victor, to victorious over-comer, then I’ve good news for you. There’s a fool-proof strategy. Here’s how!
It’s Not a Magic Formula!
Now, I’m happy to share some keys with you but please don’t expect a magic formula!
Don’t expect your position to change overnight. You will have to be determined and you will have to work at it.
Okay I’m in – what do I need to do?
First off, you need to start with the Word of God.
You need to read it, believe it and speak it! And it is the constant speaking, the regular act of confessing God’s Word in faith, which will change your life, change your behaviour and change your perspective, thus changing your status from victim to victor, from underdog to over-comer.
Remember, as the saying goes: “those who say they can’t and those who say they can, are both right!” Or to put it another way: “what you confess is what you’ll possess!”
Not keen on quotes? Or do you prefer to have a scripture to support this claim?
No problem! I do have a supporting scripture for you:
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(Romans 10:8-10 NKJV)
You may well be accustomed to hearing this portion of scripture used in the context of soul-winning and therefore directed at unbelievers. If so, perhaps you are now feeling confused.
Yes, this is a scripture shared with unbelievers, in order to bring them to Christ but remember dear friend that God’s Word is multi-faceted. To relegate these verses as useful for soul-winning purposes only, is to make a grave mistake.
So how else should I see it?
As a living, active and powerful seed capable of changing the lives of those towards whom it has been directed, whether Christian or non-Christian.
I believe this passage of scripture represents the secret to walking as a victorious overcomer and enjoying the benefits of salvation as God’s rightful heir. I believe that if you do as it says, eventually your undesirable circumstances will change.
Let me explain.
Change Your Default Setting!
Firstly, you will note that you are being asked to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. If we are taking this passage out of the soul-winning context, what does this mean?
It means you are to confess or speak the Word of God regularly.
In John 1:1 it talks about the Word. From this verse’s context we know that the Word being spoken about here is a person. As you read on to verse 11, we learn that this Word became flesh. We realise that the Word being spoken of here is none other than Jesus. To confess the Lord Jesus therefore, is to confess (speak in agreement with) God’s Word.
Want an example of how this works? Okay then!
Say something happens which leaves you feeling a victim. You begin to meditate on what happened and how you feel. Perhaps you have a catalogue of other occurrences which you now dredge up. You start speaking about what has happened to upset you. To others. To yourself.
And the more you dwell on it, or talk about it, the more upset you get and the worse you feel.
Change your strategy. Have a scripture verse or various verses that you can recall and reflect upon and speak to yourself (preferably out loud).
For instance, instead of thinking, believing and saying that you are a victim, a nonentity or whatever description, you, others, or the devil decides to tag you with, say what God says about you or your situation, regardless of how you may currently feel.
Every single time that negative thought or memory comes to mind or heart, slap it down with the Word of God.
As you continue to do this, God’s Word then becomes the truth that you confess (speak) and believe in your heart. The more you do this, the more the old negative thought and belief is displaced, until suddenly, the new confession, the new belief system has taken root, and next time a similar situation presents itself to you, your new positive response becomes automatic, rather than laboured or contrived.
Let’s look again at the scripture passage above. See the words I’ve underlined?
Verse 8: mouth then heart (i.e. confess/believe).
Verse 9: mouth then heart (i.e. confess/believe).
Verse 10: heart then mouth (i.e. believe/confess).
This implies (and I know it’s true because I’ve proven it in my own life), that if you speak the Word of God often enough—to yourself and over your circumstances—you will move from merely parroting the scriptures and desperately wanting to believe, to a position of confidently and consistently confessing biblical truth.
You will now be confessing (speaking) something that bears witness with your spirit, something that you truly believe and (as we see from verse 10), because our hearts and confession have now changed (but not necessarily our circumstances), our confession of God’s Word becomes instinctive and authentic.
God’s Word is the most powerful weapon you have and it is right there within reach. Put it in your mind and heart.
Read it. Believe it. Speak it—regularly!
In my next post Part (2), I will share some supporting scriptures which anyone with a victim mentality may use as a starting point.
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
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