12 Weeks of Prayer Week 4 Day 1
WE ARE ALWAYS VICTORS THROUGH CHRIST
By Linda A. Knowles
"At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word." Acts 8:1-4 NKJV
The Church has always been made triumphant no matter what the problem, trial, situation, or circumstance that tries to prevail, but we know, because of what it says in the Scriptures, that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ made up of individuals who are serving the Lord with all their heart and soul.
According to the Book of Acts, persecution had come against the Church, and the believers in the Church were scattered. No matter where the believers found themselves, they were preaching the Word everywhere. Under the greatest of persecution, even throughout history, we find the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the Gospel of Jesus Christ because they would not back down from proclaiming the goodness of God and His forgiveness, the death of Christ and His resurrection.
Currently, in the churches of today, there are many who have forgotten that we have victory and that it is the Lord who is our Victory and gives us Victory. As the children of the Most High God, we have been made the head, not the tail, and we are at the top, not the bottom. The Foundation of the Church is Jesus Christ, and because He is our foundation, we will not be shaken.
We have a hope in knowing that whatever comes our way, even when we the Church are persecuted for our faith in Christ, we are made more than conquerors through Christ, that we have been made victorious over any obstacle we find in our path.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being my Victory. Thank You for the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, His death and His resurrection. Thank You for making me more than a conqueror. You are my Strength, my Hope, and my Song. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I may proclaim the truth of Your Gospel. Father, help me to always remain steadfast in You and to continue walking in Your ways. Help to always remember that apart from You I can do nothing. Because of You, I can do all things through You who strengthens me. Father, be with me as I walk with You today. Teach me Your ways and Your commands and give me the courage and boldness to proclaim Your goodness. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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