I have to be careful how much I allow myself to watch the news. You see, I’ve always been an emotion just under the surface kind of person. It doesn’t take much for my “feelings” to influence my mood.
And of course, the news likes to promote sensationalism. What’s the saying? “If it bleeds, it leads.”
Sometimes it seems like the enemy of our souls has an agenda to keep us all afraid, angry, and apart. Oh, wait! He does! And he always has.
Since that moment in the Garden when he asked, “did God really say?” He’s been working to turn people away from God and against each other.
But before you think this is just another “ain’t it awful, world is a mess, hand-wringing exposé . . . please bear with me for a moment.
Although satan appeared to be victorious in the Garden and appeared to win at the cross…
God had a plan for victory all along! A plan He gave in the Garden, carried out on the cross, fulfilled when Jesus left the tomb, and will proclaim throughout the heavens and earth when Jesus returns.
Most of us have been touched by the death of someone dear to us.
Sin is the sting that results in death.1 Corinthians 15:56
God hates the sting of death as much as we do . . . that’s why He gave us Jesus, the way of VICTORY and LIFE!
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:57
You see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.1 Corinthians 15:21–22
Jesus is the victory over death. Because of Jesus, death is not the end . . . it’s just the beginning of life in His presence forever.
A promise we can count on because…
Christ died for our sins . . . He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day . . . He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. He was seen by more than 500 of his followers . . . He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though—I also saw him.1 Corinthians 15:3b–8 (edited)
Followers who hid in fear when Jesus was arrested and crucified . . . proclaimed the message of His resurrection through trials and persecution—to the point of death.
That’s why Paul could promise:
Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.Romans 8:37
A Prayer Thanking God for the Victory We Have Through Jesus
Father God, thank you so very much for the victory You have given us through Jesus. Thank you for making it possible for me to know and trust the truth of Your promises. Paul testified that he had seen Jesus with his own eyes. (1 Corinthians 9:1) He proclaimed the testimony of countless others who also saw the risen Christ. Thank you!
And thank you for allowing me to “see” Him. Oh, not like Paul, the apostles, James, and other followers (I look forward to that day when I will see Him face-to-face) but deep within my soul. I have experienced His life-giving power that is greater than my fear. I have felt His peace that is beyond my understanding. I have the confident faith in His victory over sin, death, and the enemy in my life.
I have victory in Jesus and by Your grace, You have promised that no power on earth can ever separate me from the victory I have through Your love on full display in Jesus life, death, and resurrection. Yes, Lord, Your grace is sufficient in my life today, tomorrow, and forever. I thank You and praise You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pause today when the news is upsetting or the call brings bad news and say out loud . . . it’s all okay, I have victory through Jesus!
On today’s note write…
Whatever today brings me – I have victory through Jesus!
May God bless you today as you celebrate His grace, mercy, and love. As you live in victory!
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