Day 14: The Safest Place on Earth – "In Christ"
By Reinhard Bonnke

 
The opposite of fear is faith. But what is true faith? Wholeheartedly trusting Christ Jesus is real faith. We trust Christ in a way that is deeper than our trust in anything or anyone else. It means surrender, letting Him take over—not just in one area of our lives, but over our entire lives.
 

Peter showed this kind of faith when he stepped out of the boat to walk on water to the Lord (Matthew 14:22-33). Sometimes Peter gets a bad rap for allowing the fear of the waves to shake his resolve, but the rest of the disciples didn't even attempt to step out of the boat!

But Peter had faith in who Jesus was and because of that relationship, he dared to leap! But when he took his eyes off of the Lord, and saw the wind and the waves coming towards him, he became afraid and cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand to Peter and caught him.
 
If the Lord is going to keep your head above water, He has to get a grip on you completely. That's what Paul desired for his new converts to Christ. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
 
Jesus can only save what we give to Him. We must hand everything over to Him—lock, stock, and barrel; body, soul, and spirit—giving ourselves into His total care for all time. It's total trust in Who He is. You see, believing is a relationship. I do not mean like being related to your great-aunt Betsy, whom you've never met. Our relationship with Jesus is both alive and thriving! We give ourselves to Him, and He gives Himself to us. We become "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4).
 
The apostle Paul uses a marvelous expression to describe this relationship— "in Christ." For example, "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17), and "there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). The simplest faith in Christ has this amazing effect. All true faith is simple anyway. Even a child can grasp it! It is not some kind of algebra to find the value of X. The simplest person can believe and enjoy the same effect as the wisest. Jesus heard all the religious jargon of the scribes, which ordinary people did not appreciate. But the common people heard Jesus gladly. He talked about faith, but put it in other ways. "Come to Me." "Love Me." "Abide in Me." "Follow Me." Faith is not one particular religious act. It is the transfer of responsibility for our lives to God in total when our own resources are inadequate. Faith is spiritual fusion, making us one in Christ!
 
Source: (adapted from Faith: The Link with God's Power. Part 3, Faith, Old and New.)
In ancient times, a soldier in the Roman Empire would put on his complete battle gear before engaging the enemy. Paul explained that in the same manner, we should also be fully dressed in spiritual armor, ready for every battle. Our spiritual armor has both defensive and offensive components designed to protect our spiritual lives. Each piece of this armor serves a specific purpose and provides much needed protection for us.
 
Salvation, faith, truth, righteousness, and peace, are more than Christian virtues— they are components of our spiritual battle gear! We must have these virtues to be both good witnesses for Jesus and effective soldiers in His army. We are God's children of peace; we are likewise His children in war. That means you are destined to face adversity, and destined to win, because God is your Father! Proverbs 24:10 says, "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." We put on salvation, faith, truth, and righteousness, so we can stand strong against the devil's weapons formed against us.
 
There is another weapon in our arsenal that packs the biggest punch to the kingdom of darkness! It's the ultimate spiritual weapon known to mankind, and the only force strong enough to render Satan a defeated foe now and forevermore! Have you guessed what it is already? It's the precious blood of Jesus! The cross was the ultimate thermonuclear bomb to the armies of hell. The poured-out blood of Jesus forever changed the trajectory of every battle that ever was and ever will be, to a complete triumph over the kingdom of darkness! Jesus has already won the victory over hell and death! It is up to us to believe it and align ourselves with this truth! "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Revelation 12:11). The only ones that have any reason to fear are those who are fighting in futility on the dark side! However, we stand dressed and ready for every battle, knowing we have already been declared overcomers through the powerful blood of Jesus!
 
Source: (adapted from Slaying Dragons. Chapter 6)