#VICTORY

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When you think about the word “victory,” what do you think about? Is it a word that encourages you, or a word that you cannot comprehend? Does it mean the battle is won, or the battle is ongoing? According to Siri, (iPhone people know what I’m talking about), victory is “a successful ending of a struggle or a contest.” Webster iwo_jima1Dictionary puts it this way: victory is “the act of defeating an opponent or enemy.”

Victory is a noun that has a strong, rock-solid backbone. When we BELIEVE in victory, then the defeat of the “enemy” or “contest” is all the more glorifying. The thing is, as humans or sinners, we can NEVER reach such victory without ONE PERSON, and his name is Jesus.

Jesus is a man without fault or blemish. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, yet he walked the earth to serve US. He is the only man who could walk into the manmade tents without fault, and give a sacrifice so much GREATER than animals or incense: Himself. The book of Hebrews talks about just that, Jesus being a sacrifice who is so much greater than ANYTHING we can do or give, stating this:

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

(Hebrews 9:11-14 ESV)

With that sacrifice came a VICTORY that we need to BELIEVE in. What Jesus did on the cross for us was not just for that generation, but for EVERY generation. Victory is found in people who believe these two simple truths:

1) Jesus WON the battle for ME…

We must believe that the pure and spotless lamb came to us, walked this Earth with all the battles we have faced, and died without a sin on His shoulders. He took it upon Himself to die for us, the sinners, because we NEED his redemptive grace everyday. The battle rages DAILY, but the war is ALREADY won. This does not mean that we get to sin everyday and give in to the enemy, but to look toward Him for strength, guidance and grace.

 2) Victory is found, and is NOT LOST…

If you are at the point in life where the word victory does not mean anything, but is just a word, then you need to find it again. Victory is NOT lost, but sometimes it’s simply harder to find. Christ, who won the battle, who won the war, has already won and we need to keep our EYES on Him and the “victory flag” that He waves, called the Word. Read it, and victory is FOUND once again.

Let the word, “Victory” be not a word that just is a word, but let it bring LIFE and ENCOURAGMENT. Even though the wars rage on daily, Christ has already won the war.

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W (minus “W”) JD: What Jesus DID

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Have you ever asked yourself the question, “WWJD?” Well for all of you slow pokes out there, it means, “What would Jesus do?” It has become the question many people ask themselves when facing a tough trial or situation, and it points them to the one source that can show what He would have done by going to the Scriptures. But have you ever really asked yourself what Jesus DID?

Many Christians, even myself, ask ourselves that question and search through scripture and then answer it with, “Jesus was God in the flesh, and was perfect so He did not have any struggles…” That, my friends, is a lie. Jesus struggled in this world as much as we do. In Hebrew 2:14-18 it reads:

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, keep-calm-and-wwjd-2that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:14-18 ESV)

Jesus was as much man, as he was God. And Jesus did just as he instructed us to do, pick up our crosses daily. By doing that we are denying ourselves and looking toward the cross that Jesus died on for us. Jesus was not a spotless lamb and the sinless Son of Man, because he could come to Earth and walk through it without being tempted. Jesus was tempted, but it is not for the fact that he WAS tempted, it was for what he did daily to combat it. PICKED UP his cross. DENIED himself.

Let not the question, “WWJD,” lead you to the Scriptures to have the enemy attack you with the fact that Jesus was God in flesh. But let you run to the Scriptures to see all that Jesus was tempted with, and see what HE DID to combat them. Let us be led to PICK UP our crosses, and DENY OURSELVES so Jesus and the cross may be exalted.

Dive Deeper: A Miracle that Joins Faith and Fear

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Throughout the Gospels, we as readers see miracle after miracle that Jesus performs to the crowds and to bring the Lord glory throughout the nations. These miracles are often times just seen as an event that happened, and lets praise God for it, then move on. Do you ever read deeper into the lesson that could be gained from the miracles that Jesus performed throughout His ministry years? There are deeper aspects to the working of the Lord that many times get passed over by in the Scriptures, because of the constant miracles that are happening throughout the Gospels. But, if all we do is look at the surface of something, then all we are ever going to get is surface leveled feeding from the Lord, but if we take the time to dive deeper and develop all that the Lord was doing then we can get the FULL FEEDING that the LORD wants to give us.

That is exactly what happened to me when reading over the miracle in Mark 5, I was reading over it and it just seemed like another miracle to me that would bring me to praise Jesus for all that He is capable of doing. But when I took it a step further, I saw a whole new lesson that could be gained from this amazing miracle.. Take a read at Mark 5:28-34:

28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:28-34)

This woman was a battling something that was a CONSTANT struggle in her life, and she had the FAITH to know what the Lord’s power could do for her. So BY FAITH this woman went and touched Jesus’s garments to be healed of this disease that she has had for years, and because of HER FAITH she was HEALED. Faith is something that is something that needs to be built upon and acted upon throughout our day to day lives. If all we do is live in according to the Word and the Spirit of God without faith, then what are we really living by or for? Faith is built through people stepping out in belief knowing that the LORD is going to COME THROUGH. This woman ONLY had HER FAITH that drove her to step out and see if a healing may occur, but BECAUSE SHE STEPPED OUT, she WAS HEALED.

Faith in Jesus is something that EVERY believer needs to be driven by, and walk in, but we also develop a FEAR of the LORD. Just as verse 33 states after Jesus felt that some of the healing power was released from him, it states, “But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.” As fear can lead people to faith, faith can lead us to healthy fear of the Lord. This woman was just HEALED of a disease that she has been battling for years, and once she got healed, it showed Jesus for who JESUS really IS. Jesus is a gracious and caring person but Jesus is also part of God and God is ALMIGHTY and SOVEREIGN over ALL NATIONS AND PEOPLE. Believers tend to lose sight that we should not just love God, but that we should also FEAR THE LORD. A healthy fear of the Lord, is to be driven to SERVE the Lord and know that the Lord is Lord, He is your Father, and He is going to DISCIPLINE HIS CHILDREN. We as children do not want to upset or disrupt our Father in the things He does or reck something of His, and that is why we are DRIVEN in the FEAR OF HIM to SERVE HIM WITH FAITH that HE is going to PROSPER.

“For the Lordthe Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:2)

Faith is something that we can be DRIVEN BY, but the FEAR of the LORD is something that WE COME TO LIVE BY because as we live for the Lord, we come TO SEE HIM for WHO HE IS.