Many a saint and hero win the race by prevailing through dark times. Dark storm clouds gather yet they persevere and push on. Our history books ar full of this struggle! Good versus evil, right versus wrong. But what will the historian say about us? Will they write epitaphs of our courage? Will chapters be written about how we faced our fears and succeeded no matter the circumstances?
I think that all depends on one little word with a great big meaning. I believe it’s in the word “prevail”.
It appears in Acts 19 in this context.
“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” Acts 19:20
What a usage! What a statement of fact! We have it on our wall by our door in our home. Every time I see that verse it encourages me. It exhorts me! It pumps me up! What prevailed? The Word of God!
But first, it had to grow. It had to grow inside each individual person from the inside out. Our lot in life is not to simply suck air and hope things turn out great. We are destined for bigger things. Great things! But first we must work on us. IF the Word of God is going to prevail out in our schools, our work and our churches, it must first prevail in us.
Let’s take this a step further. What does prevail mean?
It is, as used here, the Greek word, “ischyo” and it has several meanings.
to be strong
to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health
to have power
to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds
to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome
to be a force, avail
to be serviceable
to be able, can
Wow, right. that is one loaded word! It has all the potential of massive amounts of creative and unyielding energy and power. It is agape love, earth triumphant forces of nature and God in manifestation doing the impossible all wrapped in one! I mean, WOWZAH! We don’t really see the emphasis until we see the rest of the usage. Let’s talk about that.
Where else is Ischyo used?
“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole G2480need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:12
They that are powerful, prevailing and healthy need not a physician! Ha! They don’t need to be fixed, they are already living the abundant life, they are already seeing God work in powerful ways. They don’t need to be patched up and put together.
How about this one.
“And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” John 21:6
“Not able” is the usage. There was so much fish, they could not prevail over them, they could not pull them into the boat.
Stephen spoke with so much wisdom that the words he spoke prevailed, they were not able to resist the wisdom. Wow! Just speak the Word, let it do the prevailing.
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth G2480 any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6
Love prevails, not circumstances.
“I can do all (G2480) things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13
Now we’re getting somewhere! I can prevail over all things through Christ which strengthens me! WOW! What a usage! Are you stuck? Are you feeling less than prevalent? Let this word sink into and heal your soul!
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth G2480much.” James 5:16
I just love the Word of God! This is how it prevails! When we look at all the ways God used this word in His Word to heal us and take care of our hearts. Do we really need to wonder? Do we need to worry?
Take heart and be of a good courage my friend. Keep praying, keep going and know that God loves you and it’s Him and His power that will prevail, you have only to believe it and walk in it!
God bless you today!