2 items tagged "Victory"

  • Jesus + "something else"

    To be complete in Christ, as Paul puts it in Colossians 2:9-10, encompasses every single facet of our life. The blessings of Jesus should be changing us not only in the most difficult of moments, but maybe even more so in the little moments of life. The little moments tell us a lot about where our hearts really are. The little moments reveal the honest condition of what’s happening in our private lives! What’s your response when someone offends you? When someone else at work receives the admiration or promotion, how do you handle that? You’ve been diligently trying to improve your livelihood but never seem to find contentment; why is that? It’s in the little moments we answer a critical question, “Is Jesus enough?”

    Do you need Jesus, plus something else, to have peace, joy, or comfort? The “something else” is typically tied to enslaving sin we have not allowed the Lord to handle. When it comes to being complete or full in Christ, we don’t need something else. He is enough and has broken the power of sin and condemnation that weigh on us.

    In Colossians 2:14-15, Christ makes his victory public by subjecting these powers to open ridicule. Here is how one commentator puts it:

    “The Roman triumphal procession was the best way to bring home to people, that their returning generals had been winning genuine victories. No one in town that day could possibly be ignorant of what had happened as hundreds of weary prisoners of war were paraded, straggling behind the conquering army. Shamed and exposed to public gaze, everyone could see that there is nothing to fear from these once-proud soldiers…Paul is intent on showing that true spiritual freedom was won for all God’s people through the cross of Christ. It is impossible for anyone to know this King and to not know his glorious victory.”

    Jesus has conquered the enemy! Whatever forces used to intimidate or agonize you, have now been exposed and paraded in defeat. Even more so, our King’s glorious victory is not just for what we may consider significant issues, but also in the everyday, little moments that affect our hearts! If Jesus is enough, then certainly we can experience victory in any of our moments!

  • Raise the Bar

    “And because you are sons, God has set forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying out, “Abba,
    Father!”. Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, than an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:6-7

    Whoa. Read that again and allow it to sink in and become food for you. God’s Spirit is living in you. The
    most powerful living being in existence has made your heart His dwelling place. Incredible! It’s the
    checkmate to every fear, worry, disappointment, and hurt that you’ve experienced. The Spirit of Jesus
    Christ, the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead and set the early church on fire, is burning now in
    you…in each of us! Since this is a fact, how in the world can we ever view life, work, parenting, and
    church the same? Why would we settle for anything less than the adventure of the kingdom mission?
    Why are we constantly lowering the bar of what it means to be a Christian? Why be merely consumers,
    when we’ve been given the opportunity to be so much more?

    The baptism of the Holy Spirit came with both power and ability for us to live a more victorious life in
    Jesus Christ. Here are some thoughts on what this can mean for you…

    1. Let go of your hurts. The consequence of having the Holy Spirit living in you is there will be
    fruit. But, the fruits of offense and bitterness are not of God’s Spirit. Once you’ve recognized
    that fruit, take it off the vine and throw it away. You have what you need. Now, raise the bar.

    2. You have what it takes to finish. Don’t step back from what you believe God has called you to
    do because of disappointment. Stop allowing people to talk you out of your convictions. With
    the Holy Spirit living in you, you have what it takes to finish the job. Raise the bar.

    3. Put aside your strategies. Things don’t always work out the way we think they will. Stop
    stressing out. Give your cares to God and trust Him! Raise the bar.

    4. Stop being a consumer. You’re equipped for mission, adventure, and battle! Share the gospel.
    Lead your family and pray with them. Repent of apathy, offenses, and anything else God reveals
    in your heart, that is rooted in selfishness. Serve with a grateful heart. Raise the bar.

    Let it sink in…You have God’s living, active, and powerful Spirit living in you. Let us raise the bar again of
    what it means to be a Christian!

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