The words at the top of my journal page read:
Nothing needs to change for me to walk in victory and joy.
By nothing, I meant nothing in my circumstances had to change for that day – every day – to be lived in victory with joy.
That morning, I continued by writing:
I am perfectly positioned.
I am amply supplied.
The same is true for you. You lack nothing!
God has given us everything we need to be the people – the beautiful, beloved, holy people – He proclaims us to be.
But the truth is that we don’t always feel that way. Feelings can lie.
Yet, today and every day, you are perfectly positioned and amply supplied to live from and in a place of victory, experiencing the joy of the Lord.
The truths I sat in early that morning are in Ephesians 1. As you read what I wrote as I read God’s Word, I invite you to sit in the truths for yourself. Take each word — written by the Apostle Paul, recorded for all of history — and both claim and embrace them.
Claim & Embrace Ephesians 1
I praise You, for You have blessed me with every Holy Spirit-given blessing available in the heavenly realm.
You chose me, even before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in Your sight.
In love, You adopted me as your daughter, by and for Your pleasure and will.
You did all of this for the praise of Your glorious grace, the grace You freely gave me in Jesus.
In Jesus, I have redemption through His blood. In Jesus, I have forgiveness of every one of my sins.
And in Jesus, I’m predestined to be conformed to Your image so that I might be for the praise of Your glory.
Because of all of this, You blessed me with every spiritual blessing, everything I need for life and godliness. You’re simply waiting for me to believe You for them.
Embrace these words for yourself.
These words are for you. They’re to be claimed by you, embraced by you, believed by you — taken as facts about you, that you might live in victory and with joy, even in your darkest days and sleepless nights.
What in these truths do you need to sit in today? What do you need to believe? If you’re not sure, then ask yourself which of the truths seem most difficult to accept on your behalf. The one(s) that stand out are often an indicator of a lie you are believing.
Your work is to believe God.
Don’t strive to be who God says you are or to obtain what He says you can have. Instead, rest in the truth of what He says. Believe Him for it and be confident that the One (THE ONE!) who called you is faithful, and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
As you do this, receive the prayer prayed for you nearly 2,000 years ago. Walk in victory and with joy knowing that God anticipated your need, understood your struggle and long ago had a man pray that you would walk in the power of your provision in Christ Jesus.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.”