Victory!

As I write this Canada (where I was born) is playing the USA in woman’s hockey at the Olympics. (Canada has been victorious in the intense sport of curling and has won gold…again.) Now the team faces a great battle with US once again. The game is not looking so good for Canada. As I glance over at my handy Canadian News App. the US is in the lead 2-0!! Bummer! Oh well, I can still hold on to hope…wait it just said they went into overtime. Somehow Canada scored 2 goals and it’s now tide up!

As I watch the game while I meet with one of our elders for lunch, the US gets a few penalties and Canada takes advantage and scores! Canada is victorious!! When I overheard the song “O Canada” I smiled and enjoyed the victory. I felt like all those fans of the Super Bowl winning Seahawks. Victory is fun; it puts a smile on your face, brightens your day, and opens the door of joy for a moment.

Winning an event or achieving a great victory is momentary, but there is a victory that is lasting and actually, if you have come to the place where you believe in Jesus, is yours every day!

As a believer or follower of Jesus we have the victory of belonging:

Ephesians 1:4-6 For He (God) chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined (chose before) us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will– to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

We are not abandoned, rejected, deserted, discarded, nor forsaken. We are brought into a heavenly loving family that has not only a family business to be part of, but a great amount of brothers and sisters to enjoy life with.

As well as a follower of Jesus we have the victory of Jesus:

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Notice it says ‘in Jesus.’ Jesus, just Jesus is really all we need. He is enough and beyond what we can imagine. Try as we might to gain victory in life through a job, a marriage, an ability, a relationship, an influence, a thing…it does not even compare to riches in Christ Jesus. Jesus was trying to bring home this point to the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10:17-27.

Mark 10:21-22 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” He said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

That man was defeated because he was so taken by what he thought as victorious and valuable that he could not part with it for Jesus. We do that same thing at times. We try to find happiness and joy in everything and anyone but Jesus. The Apostle Paul expressed the victory of Jesus in this way…

Philippians 3:8-9 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ– the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Teams will win and lose, there will be defeats and victory, yet those who believe in Jesus will always experience the deeper victory in The Lord. Are you? Regardless if you are or not, the challenge here is knowing and growing in our true victory. As you do you will start to feel that smile form on your face, that brightening of your day, and the door of joy will swing open regardless of the circumstance, and not just for a moment.

Sharing with you in our true victory,

Mike

P.S. Canada and the USA will face off again as the men’s hockey teams’ battle for the gold. Hmmm…I wonder who will be victorious?

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