We prevail because of our faith in God. We prevail because we trust God and believe that He will do what He said He would do in His word.
Prevail - prove more powerful than opposing forces; to be victorious; to win, win/out, triumph, carry the day, succeed, conquer, and overcome. These are all definitions and synonyms for prevail.
The writer of Hebrews describes prevailing faith.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The Greek word used translated faith is pistis which is “firm persuasion”, a conviction based upon hearing. Pistis it is used in the New Testament always of faith in God or Christ, or in things spiritual.
The word “substance” literally means “a standing under, support. “Faith,” in relation to hope, is assurance. It stands under and supports our hope. So that our hope is only as secure as our faith is strong. ” - W.E. Vine, An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, vol. 1, p. 85
The word “evidence” is defined as “proof, proving”. Faith is not blind acceptance of unprovable opinions. It is not based on feeling, emotion, or a “blind leap.” It is conviction supported by evidence.
Faith is the principle by which believers live. Every step we take in life that is pleasing to God is a step taken in faith. Every step taken without faith is sin.
Romans 14:23 (NKJV) But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV) For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Charles Spurgeon said about prevailing faith; “It is not a mere creed-holding.No use if it does not influence your heart and affect your life. It is trust. As creatures we look up to the great Father of spirits; as sinners we trust for the pardon of our sins to the atonement of Christ; as being weak and feeble we trust to the power of the Holy Spirit to make us holy and to keep us so; we venture our eternal interests in the vessel of free grace, content to sink or swim with it. We rely upon God in Christ. We hang upon Christ as the vessel hangs upon the nail.
1. It touches the mainspring of our nature by creating love within the soul.
2. It puts us into a new relation. No longer servants, but sons.
3. It creates agreement with the Divine will. http://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/spurgeon/prevailing_faith.htm
Prevailing Faith Give us the Assumption of Victory
Charles Stanley says “Prevailing faith reckons the victory before the battle even begins. When the young shepherd looked at Goliath, he saw him as a dead man. In fact, because of David's relationship with the Lord, he understood that all giants- whether bears, lions, or Goliaths-were the same.
How does this reckoning take place? First, we fight the "battle before the battle." Through prayer and meditation on Scripture, we work through any uncertainties and fears. We reaffirm in our heart that this is the Lord's battle, declare He has won the victory, and wait for His timing. When we act, we do it God's way, with trust in His presence and provision.” (http://www.christianpost.com/news/prevailing-faith-101643/)
You Can Live a Victorious Life Through Prevailing Faith
Life is a battlefield in the war of good and evil between the children of God and Satan and his evil hordes. The Bible warns us;
Job 14:1 (NKJV) Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.
Our battle isn’t against people but we have protection and a powerful unbeatable weapon.
Ephesians 6:12-17 (HCSB) For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
We put on the armor of God and advance with the sword of the Spirit by faith. We can only be victorious in this battle by our prevailing faith. We don’t win because we’re smarter, or stronger, or richer. These things are important and we can use them but in this battle against Satan and the world these things will not give us victory. The one who becomes more than a conqueror is the one who has prevailing faith. The kind of faith that assures them that they can win, that they can achieve, that they can persevere and do the hard work necessary to be victorious.
"Faith is the monarch of the realms of the mind. There is no being superior to its strength, no creature which will not bow to its Divine prowess. The lack of faith makes a man despicable, it shrivels him up so small that he might live in a nutshell. Give him faith and he is a leviathan that can dive into the depths of the sea. He is a warhorse that cries aha! Aha! In the battle. He is a giant that takes nations and crumbles them in his hand, who encounters hosts and at a sword they vanish. He binds up sheaves of scepters and gathers up all the crowns as his own. There is nothing like faith. Faith makes you almost as Omnipotent as God, by the borrowed might of its Divinity! Give us faith and we can do all things!" (C.H. Spurgeon, Sermon #14, March 18, 1855) - http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0014.htm
Here’s how you can live that Victorious Life of Prevailing Faith
For your faith to prevail all the time, you need to rely on the Word of God. That’s how to cultivate prevailing faith; you have to get the Word so much into you that you think, talk and live the Word!
1) Accept the Word of God as the “Final Authority”
Isaiah 55:11 (NLT) It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Hebrews 11:3 (NLT) By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Psalm 119:89 (HCSB) LORD, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
2) Believe the Promises of God
Mark 9:23 (BBE) And Jesus said to him, If you are able! All things are possible to him who has faith.
1 John 5:14-15 (HCSB) Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT) So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
3) Works with your faith.
James 2:17 (NKJV) Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32 (ESV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
4) Fight to the very end
1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Revelation 12:11 (NLT) And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
Do You Have Prevailing Faith?
If you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you don’t have prevailing faith and you will be a causality in this war I’ve been talking about. You are no match for Satan and this world no matter what resources you have outside of God.
If you are tired of being defeated here’s how you can turn that defeat into victory.
Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If you are tired of being defeated pray this prayer right now.
“Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.”
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.