“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
No matter what the world throws at us, we can discover true victory in Christ Jesus, because this temporary realm in which we now live will one day pass away and the eternal will be everlasting! This means that despite Satan’s best efforts, and the sufferings of the flesh, if we can overcome – He can not touch our souls, for that belongs to God!
Do you feel discouraged today?
Are you, or have you experienced physical or emotional defeat? Sometimes we face these battles in life, and the Christian experience was never guaranteed to be easy (in fact just the opposite). Yet through all of this, we have promises like the passage listed above. We will NOT be separated from God…He will never separate us from His love! We will have overwhelming victory because of Christ!
So no matter what you are going through today…
No matter what kinds of persecution or sufferings you may face…
Regardless of ridicule, scorn, malice, hate, violence, jealousy and rage – we can experience this overwhelming victory TODAY!!!
We do not have to wait until we see eternity and we are with the Lord, no – His presence, His love, His encouragement is available to us NOW! Begin to see that despite the battle waging here within the world and upon our flesh, God already stands beside us with the victory over life and death! Know that regardless of the physical outcome – we will overcome and have this overwhelming victory! This is why we must share this fantastic news to all the world. This is why God’s grace must be evident in our living. This is why we must make His ministry Our ministry everyday, because God wants all people, from all walks of life to experience this overwhelming victory!
Perhaps, if we cannot see this overwhelming victory today it is because we are focusing on the wrong kinds of things. Yes, life is often unfair. Yes, the world is often unjust and evil seems to permeate and seep into every facet of life. We see these, we know this to be true, and we cry foul and lament all of these atrocities and injustices – and rightly we should. But, despite this fallen world and all of its sins, we need to refocus our vision. We must begin to change our perspective (which doesn’t mean we simply accept that this world is beyond saving). Our perspective begins to change when we ask God to give us His vision for the people we meet. What I mean is, we must ask Him to allow us to see those around us the way God sees them.
Secondly, our perspective must change in the way we view the temporal. Yes we live through it, but there must be a way for us to live this overwhelming victory in the here and now…and we do that by understanding it. In our understanding of what this life is all about – Whose we are and embracing the eternal here and now, we flip the script on what “living”is all about! When we change our perspective, we change the narrative of our souls. What I mean by that is – we no longer simply live for ourselves, we begin to live for Christ. Many times this is a gradual denial of self as we surrender to the will of God. It begins with the little things of life. Soon, as we allow these little spiritual victories to occur, we will be more inclined to seek out the larger “denial of self” moments.
Is anyone there yet?
Some of may be.
I know that I am on this road…although I am not as far along as I would like to be…but again, this is gradual. Admittedly, I still get sucked into life’s many troubles. It is like a swift moving current at times which sweeps out my feet from right under me. I recognize that I too must still change more of my perspective in order to experience this daily dose of overwhelming victory in my life.
How about you?
Do you feel defeated right now?
Are you struggling to see any measure of victory at the moment?
Ask God to help you flip this script.
Ask Him to provide you with an added measure of His strength.
Also, ask Him to grant you His vision for those you encounter…I guarantee your perspective will change, and with it overwhelming victory!
Something more to ponder today!