Victorious

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35, 37).

In all these things. Jesus has won a resounding victory!

  • He’s defeated death. “’O death, where is your victory? Where is your power to hurt?’ Death’s power to hurt is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But we thank God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
  • He’s triumphed over trouble. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
  • He dominates darkness. “The prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over Me” (John 14:30).
  • Evil will ultimately be subject to Jesus. Doesn’t that leave a bit more room for hope?

    The Devil is not Defeated

    Maybe this sounds a strange title for a post, especially this week when people everywhere are remembering what Jesus did for us on the cross to destroy the works of the devil, but the message of the post is simple:  If we don’t act on that, the devil is not defeated.

    In the Bible, James 4:7 tells us:  “Submit yourselves then to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  When Jesus died and the Holy Spirit was sent to live in His followers, that same Spirit gave us the power to resist; but unless we resist, the devil is not defeated.

    Does that sound harsh?  Are you a follower of Jesus who feels you’re being sucked back into slavery?  I’m not writing this in anger.  I write because your friends (the ones who love you) are deeply, gut-wrenchingly sad when they think about the pain you’re in.  You know the Bible-verse that talks about the Holy Spirit praying with groans that words can’t express?

    Please, please, resist.  Don’t let the devil destroy your life; let Jesus destroy him.

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    If this hits home for anybody reading, will you do something about it?  Jesus loves you and wants to help you; please, let Him.  “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength” – Isaiah 40:31.