“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). The Greek definition for “victory” is to “utterly vanquish.” That means every enemy you or I encounter whether sickness, lack, oppression, death, division, etc. has been utterly destroyed. Christ took those things upon himself and utterly destroyed them at the cross. As a result, we walk in total victory.
Jesus is our victory. Therefore, we have the power to vanquish our enemies. Lately, the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me about speaking with authority. For the last several weeks, He’s been whispering in my spirit, “You have what you say.” This quiet declaration has come to me at unexpected moments. I may be in my car waiting at a traffic light, working behind my desk, or browsing through a bookstore, and I will hear Him whisper again emphatically, “You have what you say.” After hearing this several times, I knew that God was urging me to speak aloud His word with earnest.
Speaking the Word Aloud
If I desire unprecedented victory in areas of life where I’ve seen partial or perhaps no victory, I need to speak aloud His Word with authority. In Joel Olsteen’s book I Declare, he writes “When you face a mountain, it’s not enough to just pray. It’s not enough to just believe. It’s not enough to just think good thoughts. Here’s the key: you have to speak to your mountains.”
After reading this, it made sense to me. God has given us kingly authority here on earth. “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:6). When kings speak, people listen and respond. Situations must come into line with the desire of the king. We have that kind of power as followers of Christ.
During Jesus’ time he met a Centurion, a Roman soldier. The Centurion told Jesus that his servant was both tormented and paralyzed. Jesus responded and said he would go and heal the servant. The Centurion said he wasn’t worthy of Jesus to come under his roof. He told Jesus, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” The Centurion explained to Jesus, “For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” When the Centurion uttered these words, he understood that Jesus’ words carried authority. Scripture records that the servant was healed the moment Jesus spoke. The King of all kings had truly spoken to the “mountain.” Mountains often symbolize obstacles, and God wants us to speak with authority to overcome all challenges.
We are to call those which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). We don’t have to accept what our five senses are telling us. To live in the natural realm is to limit God. I desire to live in the realm of impossibility. Scripture says “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
Victory over Sickness
In January 2013, I had completed four rounds of antibiotics. I was under a load of stress and my body reacted accordingly. Last winter was simply miserable. I was tired of sitting in a doctor’s waiting room and shelling out more money for co-pays and antibiotics. When fall began, I was determined not to experience a similar winter. I planned to speak life over my body. Often I would take communion at home, remembering that Christ’s body was broken so that I would experience healing. I spoke God’s word over my immune system. I told my body, “You will fight off infections and come into line with the Word of God.” I continued to speak in faith daily.
I can testify today that I haven’t taken one round of antibiotics since January of last year, and yet our state and nation has experienced one of the coldest winters on record. I thank God that He prompted me to speak his word aloud. He’s more concerned about my health and welfare more than I am. When the Holy Spirit declared unto me, “You have what you say!” He gave me the victory even before I saw the physical manifestation of health. I’m learning that every time the Holy Spirit speaks to my spirit, He issues grace — unmerited, unearned favor. Walking in favor, means that I am victorious because of the finished work of Christ. All I have to do is to call it forth! I already have the victory.
When your five senses are screaming at you and telling you that you do not have victory over an illness, debt, family problems, or some type of hardship. Remember that you have what you say. The Holy Spirt will always back up the Word of God, granting you favor and victory.