Friday, August 16, 2013

The Heart of Spiritual Victory

O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. –Psalm 30:2, 3 (KJV) 

Here in these verses we find the essence of spiritual victory. Sin, the devil, ungodliness, and human nature (the flesh) do not have the last word and no longer have victory over us. We no longer lay there like spiritual dishrags, but instead we rise up in the power of Christ, we put on our spiritual armor as the Bible says in Ephesians 6, and with the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, we walk forward moving mountains, winning spiritual battles, and rebuking the devil in Jesus’ name. Spiritual victory is joy in the Lord. There is no joy in spiritual defeat.

When was the last time you stood firmly against temptation and ungodliness and rebuked the devil in Jesus’ name? If you have not done this lately let me give you a warning; the devil is crouching at your door and he is stalking you like a hungry lion (I Peter 5:8). Moreover, he is setting traps in your path, which he hopes will cause you to stumble. Therefore, we heed God’s Word, which says to be sober and vigilant lest we fall into one of these snares.

People might wonder why the devil is so interested in them. The answer is he is not interested in you until you begin living for the Lord. Job wondered why God was so interested in him to the point of watching his every move (Job 10:14-16). Job resolved this by realizing God is interested in him because God created him, loved him, and would not let him go (Job 42:1-6). When we are in Christ, we have the same situation. Once we are His children we belong to Him and He will not let us go. Do not get any ideas about simply walking away and God losing interest in you. He promises He will not do that.

The victory Jesus brings reminds us that through Him we overcome. The Bible says we are not just victors, but we are more than conquerors through Christ. Romans 8:31 says, “What shall we say to these things? If God be for us who can be against us?” Romans 8:37-39 says, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Victory is just the beginning; we walk forward in ongoing faith, victory, and the joy of the Lord.

God bless you today.