Saturday, April 14, 2007

Victory in Jesus

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NIV)

When in need of spiritual food Romans 8 is always a good chapter to turn to in the Bible. It comes with a lot of meat with no added preservatives to take away the flavor of it. Paul covers everything from life through the Spirit, being controlled by the Spirit, future glory, the Spirit helping us in our weakness, things working out for the good of those who love the Lord, the fact that if God is for us who can be against us, and then he brings up the subject of Christ dieing for us.

After making all these statements Paul ends the chapter with the subject of being more than conquerors. When you read the whole chapter you can see why we are able to be more than conquerors thanks to the Lord and the help we receive through not only His Son Jesus Christ but through the Holy Spirit as well.

We are far from alone in the battle of life; we come fully equipped to be victorious when we have Christ in our lives. The emphasis here is on the word IN. That’s how He is activated within us is when we invite Him in and make room in His living quarters for all that He has to bring with Him. Getting rid of the clutter that doesn’t belong and starting out new and keeping it that way resulting in the victories, the accomplishments, and the progress that truly count.

As usual some people have different ideas of what victory is. To them victory is accomplishing what they wanted to do whether it was seeking revenge on a person, winning in sports, stealing a certain amount of money, cheating on a spouse without getting caught, or getting rich quick.

These are all victories to them however the victories to the children of God should have a totally different look about them. The accomplishment of conquering Satan at his own tricks, standing up to the world while hanging on to Christ, the victory of being able to say no to temptation in order to walk with the Lord in the ways He has outlined for us to follow in His word.

We start this process by getting down on our knees daily and giving the Lord His rightful place in our hearts and lives, not just some fraction of a corner than happened to be unoccupied at the time. When talking to people about the need to get down on their knees often their first reaction is a comment about the fact that if they did that they would never be able to get back up again.

Years ago when I had knee surgery my one goal was to be able to get down on my knees again so I could pray. If that was physically impossible that was something I was going to have to live with, however, there is nothing that can stop us from doing this spiritually in our hearts as we go before the throne of God, humbling ourselves before Him, worshipping Him, showing honor and respect in our attitude that we think He is number One in our lives and we want to demonstrate it.

Working physical knees are not required but a working spiritual heart that has Christ within it is, as we believe in the One that can make us victorious in our Spiritual walk. Victories that will carry over into eternity as lasting treasures we have stored for us in Heaven. Victories that don’t come with a measuring stick; there is no scale to weigh them upon.

A big victory to one person may be a small accomplishment to another. Also immeasurable is the length in time it took to obtain the victory. We can’t be jealous or give up just because it took someone else split second timing to get their victory in life, that’s not what it’s all about. It’s winning for Christ, winning for ourselves, winning the individual battles that result in a war that is won as well.

Dear Heavenly Father in a world that tries to convince us that victory is impossible we praise you Lord that it’s very possible when we have you on the inside of us working through us to obtain those winning moments in our lives. Forgive us Lord for those times in our lives that we allow the circumstances in life to override the strength we have in you. Amen.

© 2007 by Karen J. Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing

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