New Hope for Daily Victory

Roman Soldier 1If you are saying to yourself, “My faith is not really working for me. I get angry, give-in to temptations, have deep guilt and fears, want to do what is right, but I just keep failing!

Then we have great news for you!! The overlooked factors of a powerful faith can now be yours. You can experience a marvelous daily walk with God and achieve true success, which is fulfilling the purpose for which God created us.

The Apostle Paul provides insights into the cause of an ineffective faith. “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am!” (Romans 7:22-24).

The Overlooked Function of Our “Reins”

The word “members” in this passage is plural and refers to our reins. Most believers have no knowledge of our reins. The term is rarely, if ever, used. And to make matters worse, the word “reins” has been removed from all the newer Bible translations and has been replaced with the word “mind.” This obliterates the vital truths that God gives us about our reins.

Fifteen times in the Bible, God talks about our reins. The final statement by Christ to the seven churches in Asia Minor is, “All the churches shall know that I am He who searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works” (Revelation 2:23).

For many years, theologians have been taught that body parts, such as our heart and reins, do not actually think, but are simply metaphorical expressions of emotions. However, now that medical science has discovered how the reins (gut brain) really functions, they are confirming the literal statements of the Bible.

Our reins function by the powerful hormone and neurotransmitter, serotonin. It controls our health, moods and behavior. When our serotonin levels are low or are out of balance, the results are outbursts of anger, anxiety, mental confusion, depression or even thoughts of suicide.

Medical doctors treat depression with antidepressant drugs, which are simply an attempt to boost the activity of serotonin in our brain. Prozac and similar drugs are called “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors” (SSRI’s). They artificially elevate low serotonin, but have destructive side effects, including depression, violence and thoughts of suicide.

The problem is that only about 5% of our serotonin is produced in our brain and about 95% is produced in our “gut brain.” Therefore, our reins (or “inner brain”) controls our life.

Light is the primary way to increase our serotonin levels. We experience a happier mood when the sun is shining. However, God created light before He created the sun. His first creative act was to create light by His Word. “God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was light’” (Genesis 1:3).

Our Daily “Serotonin Builder”

God knew all about the “happy hormone,” serotonin, when He said, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130). This truth also gives a deeper significance to the role of believers in this world. We “are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13). So believers are to be the “serotonin builders of the world.” Paul said believers are “light in the Lord; walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

In order to give out daily light, we must receive the daily light of God’s Word. God has given precise instructions on how we are to do this. This is the “secret of true success and victory.”

The Absolute Must of “Day and Night” Meditation

We are born with a deeply rooted sense of guilt and fear in our reins, which we inherited from Adam. Fears release adrenaline, which blocks our serotonin receptors. No wonder God warns us repeatedly to “Fear not.” The only way to conquer our four primary fears is to meditate on God’s Word [Rhemas] “day and night.”

David speaks of such a person: “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law does he meditate day and night . . . and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:2-3).

Day and night meditation involves finding a special verse of Scripture each morning, writing it out in a Daily Rhema Journal, memorizing it during the day, and quoting it to God while going to sleep at night. If we do this daily, we “will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

“Good success” is being successful in every area of our life: personal success, marital and parental success, financial success, business success and health success (Psalm 119:97-99). Jesus confirms the vital importance of this daily discipline. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [Rhema] that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).