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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Victory

 

Victory
“But thanks be to god which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Cor. 15:57
When penning these words Paul was speaking of the age old war between life and death. We Christians know and have experienced the victory God has given us over the enemy of death. We can say with Paul and all true believers, “O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory?” Jesus Christ has given us the victory through His death, burial, and resurrection. Praise God!
Victory means to defeat an enemy in battle. Though we have this victory over death in the end and God has through Jesus Christ removed from us the fear of death, we still have many battles to face in this present life. While God will never leave us alone to face life by ourselves, He is not going to fight our battles for us without our participation. Jesus won the victory and then gave us the power and authority to be victorious in life over our enemies.
The Psalmist was familiar with the battles of life and he cried, “Let not my enemies triumph over me.” Psalm 25:2 Though he cried for the victory by God’s help, he still fought the battle.
Triumph means victory, conquest, a grand procession in honor of a general who has gained a decisive victory.
In II Cor. 2:14 scripture says “Now thanks be to God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” Notice that He causeth us to triumph not that He triumphs for us. He has already done that through Jesus Christ. Many people are defeated in life because they sit back and expect God to do everything for them, then when He doesn’t many become faithless and fall away from Christ.
If we want to triumph over our enemies, we must first see through the eyes of faith. We must see ourselves victorious! Listen to the Psalmist: “I will triumph in the works of thy Hands.” Psalm 92:4 He is proclaiming with his mouth that by an act of his will, he will get the victory because he sees what God has done and given him and now he will use it!
Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. He said the problems don’t go away but I have enabled you to face them and overcome. “This is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.” I John 5:4
Now there is no victory without a battle. Again in Luke 10:19 Jesus says, “I give you power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Note what he said! Hw said: There is an enemy-that enemy has power- with that power that enemy will try to hurt you- But I (Jesus) give you (believer) a power- with this power you can keep that enemy from hurting you. Hence we have a battle and the one that knows and uses the power made available to them is going to get the victory.
In Revelation 1-3 Jesus speaks of the seven churches who all have things to deal with. At no time did He tell them He would come and take care of it for them nor did He tell them to pray for such. What He did do is instruct them to engage the enemy He described, revealed to them and then overcome. Victory!
You see the greater one is in us! When we can see the greater power is really in us then we can see ourselves victorious always, even before we engage in battle!
With the Psalmist we say: “Through thee will we push down our enemies, through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.” Psalm 44:5
He has made us to be more than conquerors. Victory!