The following post is an email devotional I received this morning from Aletha Hinthorn. She sends out fabulous daily devotionals during the week – and you can subscribe to receive them HERE.

I enjoy thinking about Psalm 119:162: “I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.” The psalmist is not saying he is rejoicing because the battle is won, but because He believes a promise from God. Great spoil speaks of the wealth taken after the battle. When we believe God’s Word, we have the same joy we would have after the battle is won.

Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4) We don’t need to wait to rejoice until we see the victory with our physical eyes; the victory is ours and we rejoice when we believe God’s promise.After Hannah prayed for a child, Eli said, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She believed and rejoiced before she felt any signs of life inside her, because she was confident God had granted her request.

“Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast” ( Sam. 1:17-18). Her praying brought her to a point where she could believe God and her victory was as real the moment she first trusted Him as it was months later at Samuel’s birth.

Phoebe Palmer spoke of this assurance that the Holy Spirit gives. “With me, this witness has, I think, invariably been given the moment I have unwaveringly believed God…When we talk to each other, we are aware whether we believe what the other says. Is it unreasonable then to believe that we can receive the communication of the Holy Spirit and not have an internal consciousness that we do believe?”

Andrew Murray said, “Let your prayer be so definite that you can say as you leave the prayer closet, “I know that I have asked from the Father, and I expect an answer.”

Thank You, Lord, that it is possible to know You’ve heard and will answer our prayer.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).


About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

4 responses »

  1. altonwoods says:

    Beautiful post!

    I found this yesterday the words of a man who truly had life changing faith!

    The Law of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death, so that law that I have in Christ Jesus gives me power over sickness,sin and death!

    John G. Lake

    Thanks for sharing your devotional link!

    • Jennie Joy says:

      Mhm! John G. Lake was an amazing dude who took the Lord at His word and walked in some amazing understanding and authority! Thanks for the quote!

  2. a.w. marks says:

    Thanks for this reminder.

    I can’t count the number of times I have become discouraged, as if my words to God are hollow and distant. And then I come to believe that the battle of flesh and Spirit is between two opposite and equal factions.

    But the reality is, my freedom is purchased and my faith empowered by a victory that has already been determined! Satan wants me to believe that his “power” is of a lasting nature, but he has already been sentenced to his judgment by our Creator, and even he and his minions are subject to the authority of our Father.

    There’s joy in living according to this truth, a joy too rich to dismiss. I have approached God with a similar grief as Hannah’s, and I must acknowledge in the daily fight that God is diligently at work, thus I have no reason to fear having placed such a burden in His care.

    This passage is echoing the source of my discouragement:

    And Jesus said, “‘If you can?’ All things are possible to him who believes. Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24)

    I’m so slow when it comes to matters of belief, and I stack up every concern of the world against the love and authority of God, all of the injustices that move my heart to question. He reminds me that though my faith is small, none of these concerns are too great for a God that knows and provides for every need.

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