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.
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!