"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." ~1 Corinthians 15:57
Victory in Jesus
I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood's atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.
I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory.
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.
As I write this blog post, my thoughts turn towards victory in Jesus. I don't know why this old Sunday School hymn popped into my head right now, but it did. I am sitting here thinking to myself, "Oh, this is so hard. Oh, will I ever overcome this sorrow, this pain, this difficult situation?" Then the words of this song came flowing to me, and I thought, "Well, I have victory in Jesus, so I have already overcome."
Isn't it funny how we can know the truth, yet still be helplessly crushed by the circumstances of life? Right now, I am typing this post and feeling so down. I woke up this morning with a headache (sinus - yuck) and this awful pounding pain in my right forearm. I think I pinched a nerve in my neck the other night, after laying hard on my arm. I woke up that night with my arm aching and feeling numb. The soreness hasn't gone away, and last night, even seemed to ramp up a bit. It is not my writing hand/arm, but still the pain just aches right below the elbow. Whenever I use my hand to do anything, the pain just seares in there, and well, it hurts like heck!
Couple that with the headache and a bit of stomach distress (always for me, always -- it is stress), and well, I feel whiny and yucko, and not very victorious, KWIM?
Yet, the Word tells us that we have victory in Jesus, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," and that we are to give God thanks for it. Oh, how I want to give Him thanks today, to praise Him for His marvelous works, and to trust in Him for every single provision and need I have? But, I struggle. I struggle to do it, I struggle to even think of doing it. Why is this? Why do I do this?
Paul writes this to us in Romans 7 14-25:
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
It is a spiritual matter, then, beloved. It is spiritual warfare, and the enemy wants to keep us defeated and feeling less than victorious. He simply wants us to believe that our circumstances are fatal, that our mistakes are beyond repair, and that our hope in God and in His Promise is futile. It is a lie of the enemy, it is False Evidence Accepted as Real (FEAR), and he is the master of all fear. He wants us to be so afraid -- of our life, of our present situation -- that we cannot even claim the victory that is ours in Jesus Name. He wants us to forget what Christ did for us on the cross.
Today I am choosing to recall the victory I have in Jesus, to claim this victory and to stand defiantly in the enemies face and shout: "Back off, I have victory in Jesus. O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever. He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood."
Amen, so be it. Amen. Selah (Pause and calmly think of that!)