“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 15:57)
Sometimes we feel anything but victorious. On the contrary, most Christians know what it is like to lie face down in the mud with both the world and an inner voice seeming to mock and belittle them. At such times both faith and victory appear to be very distant concepts.
However, reality is not about the way we feel, or the perceptions that we have. Reality is about God – the Almighty Father, the Victorious Son and the empowering and life-giving Holy Spirit. From them comes the message today, “He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We do not gain the victory, it is given to us. Christ has already overcome and won it on our behalf. ‘Death has no more dominion’ or power over Him or His followers. Whatever may happen to our bodies in this life we live eternally with Him in a way that death may not touch. The world may laugh at us or ignore us, but one day its people will see and be shamed. So Paul continues,
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
John picks up the same thought in his first letter,
“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:3-5)
Victory comes through believing that Jesus is the Son of God, our Lord and Saviour. It comes through putting our faith and trust in Him, whatever the circumstances, and showing it by quietly doing what He has given us to do and living the way He has directed. He will look after the rest.
Decide to believe and trust Jesus. Remind yourself in all circumstances. Ask Him to bless and grow your faith.
Lord God, please help me to live as one who believes and trusts You all the time, and to be at peace. Amen.