The Key to Overwhelming Victory is Obedience.MY FAITH EXPRESSIONS
Pick the Right Key.
The above statement has been my takeaway from my wilderness experience. When God is ready to start bringing us out of our test or trial, which may not occur in a flash, it will most likely require our obedience to His Word. We have a part to play within our healing and deliverance timeline. Yes! God has a purpose and a plan and He has a set desire for when He wants to bring us through, but our actions, either good or bad, could prolong or speed up the process to our Overwhelming Victory.
The goal: our faith is magnified front and center and Christ is glorified.
God’s greater purpose must be fulfilled as part of our individual deliverances. He wants to use us. He wants our testimony to glorify Him. He wants us to be an example of obedience to others who may be watching our lives, trying to see the God that we say rests, rules, and abides within us.
Let’s take a look at the story of the ten healed of leprosy found in Luke chapter 17. What we see here can be applied to our personal needs for healing and deliverance. Healing could mean a physical healing or even healing of emotional hurts and pains that we have endured or are currently enduring.
Luke 17:11-19 (NLT) says,
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
The first thing that we should see from this passage of Scripture is how the ten men with leprosy cried out to Jesus. They recognized that their need for healing was beyond anything that they could accomplish on their own. There was no one else who could provide what they needed. They humbled themselves and cried out to Him. They were not concerned, at this point, with how they looked to anyone who might be watching them. Instead, it was about connecting with the SOURCE of everything that they needed to get beyond this devastating moment within their lives.
They needed the right key that would unlock the blessing that they were in need of.
We must reach this point. We must stop trying to resolve life’s issues without the hand of our Savior providing us the out that we need. We can even appear to be handling things on our own. “I don’t need Jesus. I’ve got this.” Most times, we are just going to make a mess of things. Even when it appears that we are over the hump and all is well, if Jesus is not at the center of things, slowly but surely things will begin to unravel.
I personally never want to be in that place again of realizing that, although I thought that I had the solution to the problem, and I thought that I was using the right key to open up the door to my Overwhelming Victory, I was, rather, only making things worse and enabling the continued downfall within my own life.
Thank God the ten lepers knew what to do. “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”, was their cry.
As Jesus so often does, He gave them instructions. In this particular case, He didn’t just say, “Ok. You asked, so it is done.” Can He do this? Absolutely! He has all power, and sometimes, He does bring about an instant response to our need. However, if He knows that an instant response may cause us to quickly turn away from Him and continue as we have been with no growth and no exercise of our faith, then He may delay His deliverance. I believe that He utilizes this option so that we can trust Him and learn to walk in true obedience to His call, no matter how big or small the action is required of us.
Jesus instructed these men to go and show themselves to the priests. The request was a pretty simple one. It did not even take much effort on their part. What was it about? It was about OBEDIENCE to His voice. Walking in obedience, literally walking in this case, over to the priests, was saying, “I fully trust You. I don’t know what going and showing myself to the priests will accomplish when You, Jesus, are the ONE who can provide my healing and deliverance; but, because You said it, I’m going to do it.” We should have this “whatever it takes, Lord” mentality about any step that is necessary to get us where God wants us to be.
Do you realize that we do not have to understand the why behind the instructions that God gives us? We simply must obey and have the faith to believe that our answer is on the other side of our agreement to Him. We are submitting our will and our plans and our desires to Him and allowing Him full control over our lives.
Do you see what happened when they followed His directive?
“And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.” Not after they went, but AS THEY WENT. Right within the process of their obedience, they were cleansed. Wow! That says a lot.
Right when I began being obedient to the voice of God, there came a shift in the direction that my life had been heading. There was so much that I did not understand. Yet, I always have known that God is in control, that the things that He is telling me to do are for His glory, and that through my obedience, my OVERWHELMING VICTORY is made possible.
So many things are on the horizon. I can feel the barometric pressure changing. The dark clouds are slowly drifting out of my view and the SON from high up above the clouds is beginning to shine through.
God’s timing varies from situation to situation and person to person because we are all at various levels in our walk with Him. For some of us, it takes a bit longer for us to catch on and for us to let go of the steering wheel of our lives and allow Him full access to the GPS system. We must allow Him to enter the coordinates so that we can get to our predetermined destination, in the shortest distance and shortest amount of time possible, learning all of the lessons that He intends for us to learn along the way. We should end this trip knowing that we have grown and have the ability to let our light shine so that others will follow the path that God places before them.
“One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, ‘Praise God!’ He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done.”
Let this one that was healed and came back to Jesus be our example. Never forget ALL of the steps.
- CRY OUT TO GOD – HE HEARS
- GOD SPEAKS – WE LISTEN
- WE OBEY – GOD DELIVERS
- GOD’S GLORY IS REVEALED – WE GIVE THANKS
Make room on your key chain by throwing away any keys that you have tried on your own to walk into your Overwhelming Victory. As your response to the voice of God, pick the right key of OBEDIENCE and remember to ALWAYS GIVE THANKS.
He is faithful. Trust and believe and proceed in the way of obedience in answer to His call.
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