Defeat Turned Victory

Luke 24

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, He was hailed and recognized as King. But what followed appeared as certain death and defeat where any hope of deliverance was sealed by a stone. But God’s ways are not our ways and what looked like the end to all the disciples faith was actually the very beginning of God’s promise of eternal life. (John 12, John 3:16)

Before a King can rule and be sovereign in the life of His subjects, He has to redeem them. Jesus with His own blood sacrifice laid upon God’s altar of judgment paying the full ransom for our souls. He purchased with His own blood those who were enslaved to sin and then set them free. (Romans 3:22-26, Romans 6)

But those who were once slaves and then servants are now called children of God. And not only the children of God but soon to be the perfect Bride of Christ whom the Father has called by His unconditional love.
(John 15:15, 1 John 3:10, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Isaiah 54:5, Revelation 21:9, 2 Corinthians 11:2, John 3:291)

We see throughout scripture how defeat is turned into victory. The patriarch, Joseph was given the promise through a dream he would someday reign, even over his brothers. What transpired later appeared to be just the opposite of that promise when his brothers conspired to Kill him,  but instead sold him into Egyptian slavery. As a slave, Joseph prospered in Potiphar’s household but then was accused by his wife of rape.  He ended up in prison having twice escaped the threat of death. There in prison he prospered again as he held onto the promise of God. Then when it looked like he may have a chance to be released by interpreting the dreams of Pharaoh’s servants, he instead was forgotten. When he was remembered after 2 years, he was brought before Pharaoh and interpreted his dream concerning a great famine in Egypt. He went on to save Egypt and his whole family and the brothers who betrayed him by managing the distribution of stored wheat. So thus, his defeat  turned out to be actually the very tool God used to deliver and save. (Genesis 37, 39-46, Romans 8:28, Psalm 66:10-12)

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the evidence of God’s awesome faithfulness and His Son’s awesome love and commitment to do the will of God which always results in certain victory in the midst of defeat. (Romans 5:6)

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! Go tell it to the world all who believe and have eternal life, because Jesus is no longer dead and neither are those who know Him.

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Speaking to the Heart of the Matter

The Word

Psalm 103

Did you ever notice in scripture how healing is synonymous with the forgiveness of sin? When the faith of the paralytic’s friends placed him before Jesus, the first thing Jesus said to the man was, “ Be of good cheer your sins are forgiven”. He went right to the heart of the matter removing the doubtful obstacle out of the way. Could it be Jesus knew he was in disbelief about receiving anything good from God because of his sins? So Jesus revealed to him God had heard his prayers which opened the door of confidence concerning also His  healing. Jesus came for that very reason; to atone for all sins. This is the Word that gets us off our backs and Walking in faith. (Matthew 9:1-8, Romans 3:23-26 23; 5:9-10)

How many of us who are saved do not believe we are worthy to receive the answer to our prayers because we are focused on our sins instead of our Savior? But the Word tells us those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ are made righteous  because we believe. Some of us have a hard time receiving anything good unless we reciprocate in some way. The Truth is there is nothing we can do to repay God for His mercy and Grace in sending His Son to forgive  our sins and healing our diseases; except to receive His unconditional love.
(John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 10:8-10)

What prevents us from leaving our paralysis of “unbelief”?  Once we really accept and believe in God’s forgiveness for present, past and future sins we get up and walk in newness of life, where, there  “we will hear a voice behind us say, when we stray to the left or the right, This is the Way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21, Romans 6:4)

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and in Him is abundant living for today and the assurance of everlasting life for all our tomorrows. This knowledge should have every one who believes leaping and skipping in faith! (John 14:6, John 10:10)

Dear believer, do not dwell in discouragement, doubt and fear any longer. Do not give these lies the time of day, but walk away and go back to your heavenly home, dwelling with Jesus.

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The Balance of Our Faith

Isaiah 30:21

When it comes to the right perspective concerning ourselves, we are neither to think more highly of ourselves than we ought and at the same time think less of ourselves, as well.  Both will end in preventing the Lord to work in our lives according to His perfect Will.
Romans 12:3, Romans 8:1

The right perspective is to know ourselves as God knows us in Christ.  We are a process in the making which the Lord is committed to complete.
Philippians 1: 6

Though we begin our journey on the low plains of life, by following Christ we will develop wings of confidence and soar where He abides in heavenly places.
Isaiah 40:30-31, Ephesians 1:3-6

” We become a new creature in Christ Jesus.”

This confidence is not self-confidence but rather the Holy Spirit’s confidence of God’s faithfulness to do what is impossible for us to do.  Philippians 4:13

When we look to ourselves we remain grounded.  But the minute we focus on the Author and Finisher of our faith we rise above our circumstances, above the clouds of despair where the SON remains fixed and shining.
Hebrews 12: 1-2, Revelation 22:16, 2 Peter 1:19




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