Hope:Post-script

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In the weeks leading up to Easter this year I have sensed the Lords presence in a very special way.

Many times as I was writing and reading scripture, tears would come to my eyes and at times I felt overwhelmed by His love for me.

That He suffered all that He did for me. That He won the victory for me.

And the hope that I have is to know that victory.

Victory over my weaknesses, my fears, my thoughts, my circumstances and sin.

 But when I compare my experience to His or even to the dictionaries definition of victory

“to vanquish, to completely and utterly defeat, ultimate decisive superiority, to have success”

I come up way short…

I see this when-

I don’t give in to temptation (and sometimes when I do) the desire is still there

I am jealous of others

I am angry and spiteful

I am unkind to those I love

I am unkind to my wife, my children

I question if God will come through this time

I am afraid and not courageous

Does freedom or victory define my life? No!

 I am not alone in this. Someone long ago said

” I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate”.I am absolutely miserable! Is there anyone who can free me from this body where sin and death reign so supremely”? Romans 7:15-17

 Is there anyone who can free me?

I am thankful to God for the freedom that comes through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Romans 7:25

The hope for freedom which leads to victory is in Him.

Jesus.

Yes I have a responsibility to be obedient to what I know, I must be willing to change, to live life differently.  I must have faith in the promise He makes

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

 But it is not now nor has it ever been about what I can do on my own.

Understanding this brings the beginning of freedom. Freedom from self.

It is not all up to me.

 And as I trust in this, the old me begins to pass away day by day along with pride and self-sufficiency.

I begin to experience His power, His love, a relationship with God, and Father, a friend that sticks closer than a brother and I will not be the same.

And Scripture will be proved right when it says-

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

 Victory in Jesus! Our Savior forever!

 The song many of us learned long ago is still true

“Jesus loves me this I know,

for the Bible tells me so!

Little one to Him belong,

they are weak , but He is strong!

 

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