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God can tell a barren woman that she has a baby now, even when her medical report shows she can never give birth. That means, at the point of receiving the Word, she can start celebrating her soon coming baby, before the miracle happens in real life. How can you celebrate a victory you haven't seen yet? The celebration is possible, if you allow the word of the Lord to keep you going.

Reference: Hebrews 10:22-23 The Message (MSG) 'So let's do it - full of belief, confident that we're presentable inside and out. Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.'

According the above Scripture, 'to keep a firm grip on the promises' is to agree with God and let His Word keep you going. With this in view, let's look at Joshua's attitude towards the word of the Lord. The Bible says, 'Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men"'(Joshua 6:1-2 NIV).

Although Jericho was securely barred and protected to the maximum, the Lord told Joshua to see that Jericho had been delivered to him. From that moment, Joshua started seeing Jericho as Israelites' possession long before it was conquered. The word from God energized Joshua and kept him moving until Jericho was possessed. In his mind, Joshua pictured Jericho as a captured and defeated city, before the conquest happened in the natural.

Our God is the God that declares the end of every matter from the beginning. He announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred; who says, 'My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire' (Isaiah 46:10 NET Bible). He summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do (Romans 4:17 NET Bible). Interestingly, God may not reveal every detail and challenge you'll encounter on the way as you move from the point where you receive His Word, to the point where the Word is actualized. But it's your responsibility to accept God's Word, be full of belief and ensure that it keeps you going - toward walking in your inheritance or making it a reality in your life - no matter the circumstance.

What has God declared from the beginning? He has declared you a victor before any challenge or life's battle comes your way. He already declared His plan to give you a good ending, regardless of your encounters (see Jeremiah 29:11). He named us more than conquerors in Romans 8:37 because He knows the ability and power He deposited in us to walk in perpetual victory. Now, your aim must be - to develop the victory mentality and let the Word from God keep you moving, in spite of any opposite situation or lying vanities.

When you receive a personal word from God (this includes any prophetic utterance as you hear the Word), it does not mean that you will not meet challenges on the pathway to its fulfilment. The Word is given for you to position yourself rightly for the expectation, such that it will keep you moving - towards the reality in your life. If you hold on to the Word, you'll never give up or give in to contrary circumstance, resistance or opposition.

In Mark 4:35-37, the Bible tells us that when Jesus told the disciples to go to the other side, the storm arose on the Sea, which was the pathway to their destination. However the Master had already declared their destination (the other side of the sea). No matter how severe the storm appeared to be, it could not stop the Word because storms are temporary. Challenges and resistance can arise but they are bound to fade away. Only the Word is permanent and stands sure. Remember, Isaiah 40:8 (NLT) reads, 'The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.'

Just like Joshua, as long as your mindset and actions are based on God's Word, keep moving forward. Every opposition will give way to the Word because God has declared the end from the Beginning. Luke 1:45 (KJV) says, 'And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.' Therefore be confident and full of belief; keep a firm grip on the promises that keep you going, because there's always going to be a performance of the Word.

Scripture Reading - Joshua 21:45; Jeremiah 1:12; Lamentation 2:17; Ezekiel 12:28.

Exuberant Declaration: My glory is in the Word of God. As I search the Scriptures daily, I discover more elements of my glory and I possess my inheritance in Christ. I'm full of belief and I speak the vocabulary of the Word which keeps me going, no matter the circumstance. The Word is the character of my existence; the abundance of the blessings it conveys is evident in my life from time to time. Hallelujah!

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