OUR VICTORY - PART 3
FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2023
Our victory essentially consists in our willingness to believe, honour, love, trust and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and when we are active in doing so, our victory is easily produced by the Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, all victory for those in Christ is the production of the Holy Spirit, as they yield tremendously to the Lordship of Christ Jesus.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:57 New King James Version (NKJV) "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
King David was another man who God granted countless number of victory in his day. And he was a king that knew how to celebrate his victories.
For instance, the Bible says, "So David became even more famous when he returned from destroying 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. Then he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went" (2 Samuel 8:13-14 ESV). Have you ever imagined the truth that wherever David went, the Lord gave him victory? I strongly believe that cogitating on how God poured out His victory on some Biblical figures causes His presence to become real to us in a bolder form, which is a stepping-stone to higher realms of victory.
When your memory retains and preserves the images imprinted in your mind from consistent victorious experiences gained by such Biblical figures, you'll find it very hard to doubt God, when faced with any situation that requires you to depend on His faithfulness to grant you the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, from time to time, set your mind to think, speak of, and celebrate the victory of Christ which you've personally experienced, and let it be a normal routine in your life. Locate the Scriptures associated with victory and slowly recite them over and over, considering every detail. After a while, those Scriptural truths will lodge into your memory, positioning you for more victorious experiences.
Beloved, 2nd Corinthians 2:14 says, "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place" (NKJV). What does this Scripture literally mean? To instantiate this verity, Acts 16:16-40 gave an account of how Paul and Silas were arrested and imprisoned, after being stripped and beaten with rods. About midnight, as they were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.
At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose. So God gave them the victory by delivering them from the prison. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!" In the process, Paul diffused the fragrance of Christ's knowledge to him and his household, and they got saved. Got it? That's a true example of 2nd Corinthians 2:14.
All the more so, 1st John 5:4-5 says, "For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." This Scripture traces our victory to faith. Faith in who? In Jesus, the Son of the living God. Zero wonder apostle Paul emphasised that God gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Beloved, there is a fire of victory within you that is so intense and unquenchable, because the Holy Spirit indwells you! Therefore cogitate on our referenced Scripture over and over - with ardent alacrity, and let it move your heart to strengthen your conviction that despite anything that comes your way, overwhelming victory is yours through Christ who loved you (Romans 8:37 NLT). Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Exodus 15:6; 2 Chronicles 20:6; John 16:33; 1 John 4:4.
Exuberant Declaration: The Lord is extremely great and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure. He has given me victory in every aspect of my life, and I overcome every trial and challenge by His power because I'm heavily supported by His love exerted on the cross of Calvary. Therefore, I boast in the name of the Lord and I'm forever grateful for His ever increasing victory in my life. Hallelujah!