#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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