It was so for me when I read in 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
How many times have I read this verse, agreed with it wholeheartedly yet never really let it affect my life in a very real way?
Many many times I have sat under ministry that tells me that through Jesus I can have the VICTORY ~ that I can face any situation and be content.
Did it really settle in my heart? Did I really believe it? Did I let Jesus be my Victor or was I more than content to try it on my own?
No one, not one of us can earn our place in heaven and please God by our works alone! No one can be victorious over sin and self without the saving love and grace of Jesus. It is ONE fatal mistake if you think you can earn your way into heaven by the works that you do - That somehow you can accumulate 'brownie points' with God by mere works alone.
But more than works and relying on God by faith through His amazing grace ~ to me it's claiming VICTORY over what this old world dishes out to us daily often hourly
Many times I have relied on God to see me though the most difficult times in my life but claiming victory though Jesus and walking daily in this beautiful gift in every situation is really possible and can be given to us through what Jesus purchased for us at Calvary when He took upon Himself our sins ~ our failures ~ our burdens.
To be set free from sin is amazing and wonderful BUT to walk in VICTORY with Jesus and have our old sinful nature replaced with Jesus' nature is truly Miraculous!
Jesus gave us so much at His death and the importance of His resurrection, that we would, in a way, be letting Him down if we didn't live in complete VICTORY on a daily basis to the very glory of God.
At His death, Jesus removed every obstacle that would stop us claiming true VICTORY and knowing the many blessings given to us. True VICTORY is only through Jesus and we can claim this victory by walking close to Him day by day.
God says that we can have continual TRIUMPH in Christ ~ check out 2 Corinthians 2:14. This verse tell us that God's plan for us is to ALWAYS walk in VICTORY with Him. Not just sometimes but always!
We CAN have victory in every circumstance that comes along in our lives. Ask Him to give us this VICTORY . Through Jesus we can conquer our failures ~ we can be VICTORS with Him in every possible situation.
We can claim this victory that God obviously wants us to have. Paul claimed this victory when he said "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me". Paul walked in victory with Jesus and found Himself content in EVERY situation he found himself even in prison. Life can snatch our victory in Jesus if we let it ~ the thing is Jesus has already won this victory and by faith we can claim it as ours as well.
Paul also said that "we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us" - catch that "MORE THAN". There is nothing the world can throw at us that we can't conquer through Jesus.
So, God bless you this week as we claim the VICTORY IN JESUS and through His strength and grace alone, be content and worry free as we mingle and contend with the world out there.