Monday, September 26, 2011
Champions over the World
Nobody wants to linger long in defeat or depression, no matter who they are. Some may see themselves as failures but this is because they lack something.
We can lack determination, strength, resources, you name it, we run into the reality of need every day.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
This verse isn`t just referring to money this is referring to our every physical, spiritual, emotion need. God just doesn`t give us money, he sends people into our lives like Epaphroditus to Paul, who greatly encouraged and strengthened him.
In Christ alone their is true victory. This is victory over death and despair. This is to know that life is eternal and only found in the source of Christ and a relationship with Him
I Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
But even though we know of our victory to come we are to face many trials in this life. We are to be ready to face them and expect to endure through them till we arrive at the end of our lives as champions
II Timothy 3:12
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
II Corinthians 4:8,9
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
Think of a boxer who has trained his lifetime and has fought long and hard, not just in the ring, but in training, in living, in waking to each difficult day until one day he stands in that ring and is declared victor and champion. Think how he must feel!
And think how much greater is our victory in Christ than mere sport!
Fellow champions in Christ, the world wants you for itself. It wants to have victory over your life, over your thinking. It wants to consume you to the bitter end.
We struggle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers at work in the world.
As we fight this daily spiritual battle, as we struggle in our flesh against aging and disease, we must not forget the commandment Jesus gave to us. That we should
Go out, live, and love one another with the love He has given for us.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another
And with God`s help you will be victorious!