When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, the Lord reminded me of what He told us at the close of the previous year; “The coming year will be challenging for the world. But your key to victory is knowing who you believe and where you belong.” That timely reminder was our needed victory even beyond the pandemic.

Friend, there is the reality of corporate victory and personal victory. For the world, it may look like corporate defeat but for the believer, it is personal victory (Romans 8:37). Yes, you can have personal victory in the midst of corporate defeat. You can be lifted when others are cast down (Job 22:29). You can rise and shine in the midst of darkness (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Jesus has not promised that it would get better in the world, He only assured us that all will be well with us as we keep our gaze on Him and leverage His word (John 16:33). His word becomes our anchor that holds us steady and stayed (Hebrews 6:18-19). It is by His word that we are kept from the path of the destroyer (Psalms 17:4). It is as we say so that we enjoy the benefits of redemption (Psalms 91:2, 107:2).

What you say matters in the midst of what is happening around. The greatest gift that God has given the believer is the gift of speaking (Luke 21:15). Your mouth is the steering wheel of your life; the direction of your life is determined by the direction of your words (Proverbs 18:21). You will have what you say, not what you see (Mark 11:23).

There was a Goshen for the Israelites in the land of Egypt (Genesis 45:10-11). They experienced a reality that was different from their host nation. Truly, the Church is a nation inside a nation (1 Peter 2:9). The believer is an ambassador in the world (2 Corinthians 5:20). Our kingdom is not of this world. Our reality is determined by the kingdom we belong, not the country we reside in.

Spiritual things work by consciousness (2 Kings 6:15-17). Until you are conscious of who you are and what you have in Christ, you might end up being a victim of the times. Despite that Goliath was mesmerising the whole nation of Israel, David stood out as a champion (1 Samuel 17:36-37). He knew who he was and whose he was. What about you?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria