Monday, September 1

Living in Victory!

Are you living in victory today or is the devil shouting with joy because you are proclaiming defeat in your life?

Remember the song Victory in Jesus?  It goes something like this, Oh victory in Jesus, My Savior forever, He sought me and He bought me, With His redeeming blood!!!!! With Jesus,we are victorious in this life no matter how many bends in the road or potholes we have faced this week!

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

Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, even death.  When we are facing trials and the fiery darts of Satan we often tend to think that we are the only people who are dealing with such challenges. We face discouragement and the enemies of darkness each week. Some trials are stronger than others but all of us are treading storms of some magnitude in our lives.

Facing trials encourages us as Christians to exercise our faith. We should not pray away those trials. We need to ask God to manifest His power and love in us so we can respond with Christlike character when the enemy is pounding on our doors. Remember - people can only intimidate us if we allow them to use that tool. God is bigger than anything this world and the demons of hell can offer. No matter how much discouragement you and I may be dealing with, God is well aware of the circumstances. It may not be today or tomorrow but in HIS timing the Lord will resolve the issues that we are struggling with. If we trust God and completely hand it over to Him the enemy will be defeated. During these trials God is building our character and integrity. He is solidifying our foundation in Christ. The Lord is molding us and making us stronger for the bigger storms that are brewing in the seas of life. He continues to groom you and I for the work He has for our lives.

The Message says it all: With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for you and I. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between you and Christ's love? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture. Romans 8:37 PRAISE GOD, HALLELUJAH AND AMEN!

God is our hope and our strength today, tomorrow and forever. He is our safety, our comfort and our encouragement. He loves His children and He always protects us. If we dread life and fear people how can we possibly say we are trusting God with our lives? If God is for you, who can be against you?

We are victorious with Jesus Christ! Demonstrate that victory today to those around you. Allow them to see Jesus in you.