For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).
When you study the life of Jesus and the way He responded to different circumstances, you'll discover He was always in charge. His language was that of faith and absolute mastery. He was always in control; unperturbed by anything. His words were faith-filled, and He displayed an attitude of rest in the midst of turmoil. This is the life He's given us; a life of absolute mastery, where you cease from all worries and express faith unperturbed.
You must learn to be unruffled or unperplexed regardless of what happens around you! Take charge. Act like Jesus, who remained unmoved when He was told in John 11:3, "...Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick." The Master wasn't moved by the news of Lazarus' sickness; He remained unflustered even after He was told that Lazarus had died and had been buried for four days. He was in charge.
When Jesus eventually showed up, Mary and Martha at different occasions and said "Lord if you'd been here, Lazarus, our brother wouldn't have died." I am often thrilled at the Master's response. With neither regret nor fret in His voice, He said, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die..." (John 11:25-26). What confidence; when others were extremely confused and agitated!
How I love Jesus; nothing could shake Him! Relaxed, He stood at the entrance of the sepulchre, uttered a simple prayer of thanks to the Father, and called out: "Lazarus, come forth!" The man that had been dead for four days, came out alive (John 11:41-44). That was faith, functioning from a place of rest and absolute mastery.
Faith recognize no fear, because it trust in the ability of God. When you're faced with challenges, don't cower or become frightful or fretful. Be in charge. All through this year, irrespective of what happens around you; even if you receive negative news from afar, maintain your composure and declare God's Word. Take charge. Refuse to worry; just give the word and effect a change. Hallelujah!
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the power of your Word which causes me to function from a place of rest and mastery over all situations. I live victoriously over all distracting elements of this world in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities January 19, 2012
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome