Live in Victory - The Joy of Champions - Purity 965
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Today’s photo of the sun shining bright through a less than clear windshield over I90 West about a mile east of Exit 32 comes to us from yours truly as I decided capture the sun while speeding towards Syracuse because I wasn’t sure if it would be there when I got there with minutes to spare before sunset.
Well, It’s Monday and it turns out the sun was in Syracuse when I got there yesterday but any inclination to capture sunset photos from my hotel’s parking lot was not. The drive out west wasn’t terribly long but all I wanted to upon arrive was to grab my bags, get to my room, and relax. It was Superbowl Sunday after all and even though I hadn’t really watch any significant amount of football all season, I felt that old familiar pull to watch the big game. I didn’t have much of an opinion on which team I liked better. The truth is that I have friends or acquaintances that are fans of both the Eagles and the Chiefs and so I wasn’t sure who I would root for. I had picked the Eagles to win in my family’s Yahoo pick ‘em league earlier in the week but when I saw that ALL (literally all) the Fox pregame commentators picked the Eagles to win, I suddenly found myself emotionally invested in the underdog – the Chiefs. So I decided to root for them.
But I am not the football fan that I used to be, by half time – with the Chiefs down by 10 points and the Chiefs quarterback limp jogging off the field after being injured on a play late in the 2nd quarter, I decided to avoid the emotional roller coaster and probable disappointment and decided to call it a night and go to bed before the third quarter was even under way. I had hoped that the Chiefs would win, I guess, but with Patrick Mahomes injured it looked like they were destined to lose.
But I awoke to discover that the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes had other ideas. I haven’t watched any of the highlights yet but apparently the Chiefs overcame the half time deficit and are champions once again.
As I stated- I haven’t watched the highlights but I know that Patrick Mahomes has led his team in come from behind wins before and apparently he did it again. And that is one aspect of the experience of our lives that I would like to encourage us all with on this Monday morning – drawing from
2 Peter 1:2-4 (NLT2)
2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
So whether you have overcome and experienced freedom and victory before or if you are striving to overcome in certain areas for the first time, let me encourage you that God has given us everything we need to do it because He enables us by sharing His divine nature.
So whether you are continuing an ongoing victory parade or find yourself back to the drawing board let me encourage you by telling you that our victory lies in Christ and abiding in Him.
The world, the flesh, and the devil can tempt us and draw us away from the people God created us to be. Superbowl Sunday is one of our man made feast days that is a veritable trap of over indulgence, possible sin, and strife as a sporting contest that should give glory to God is inflated with pride and surrounded by vice. Many people may be not at work today because of hang overs from too much food or drink. Dejected Eagles fans could be depressed, bitter, or angry as all the hopes and emotions they invested in someone else’s achievements were not realized. And elated Chief fans may be filled pride until next year over a victory that someone else has won.
The only vicarious achievement that we can truly share in is the victory that Christ has won for us through His death and resurrection and when we put our faith in Him not only do we have the victory over death and the grave, we receive the power to be transformed and set free from the sins and negative emotions that so easily beset us.
Not only is the joy of the Lord are strength because of our salvation, we can be joyful because Christ gives us the power to overcome.
Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
So whether this Monday finds you high or low, remember to be content and that Christ has given us everything we need to live a godly life.
Whether we have to dig ourselves out of a deficit, maintain the freedom and victory, or to boldly take on new challenges, the Lord enables us to do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We can overcome our sinful desires and have a life that is defined by peace, love, and joy when we live according to God’s precious promises that are given freely to those who put their faith in Christ and decide to follow Him.
So, let’s turn the page on last week and any defeats we may have suffered by making the decision today to keep walking and talking to God so we can share in His power. We already have been given all we need to live a godly life so let’s walk in it and experience the abundant life that comes from living in freedom and victory. Christ has already won the victory, so let’s live with the determination and joy of champions.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Acts 5:41 (NLT2)
41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.
Today’s Bible reminds us that we should rejoice when we suffer because of our faith in Christ.
It may seem strange that the apostles would rejoice because they were persecuted by the high council but we have to remember that it wasn’t the suffering and insult they were taking joy in but that they received it only because they represented Jesus and the kingdom of God.
Sometimes in our walk of faith we can doubt whether or not we are faithful Christians, but when some one treats you badly or rejects you because of your faith in Christ you can rejoice because they are confirming you in your faith!
As painful as rejection and mild or not so mild persecution can be, we can at least find solace in knowing that our faith is true and that it is what is to be expected as Christ warned his disciples that they would be hated because of Him.
When we suffer we are in good company, we are not only a part of the fellowship of the saints that have gone on before us who suffered or died because of their faith, we become partners in Christ’s suffering.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT2)
12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.
13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
So don’t be surprised if persecution comes but be assured that through it you not only receive a confirmation of your faith, you also have the wonderful joy of seeing Christ’s glory when He comes to rule and reign forever.
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Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”
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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
By ARTHUR W. PINK
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN OPERATION continues
God’s method of dealing with the righteous: continues
2. God exerts upon His own elect an energizing influence or power.
The apostle prayed to God for the Ephesian saints that the eyes of their understanding might be enlightened in order that, among other things, they might know “what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe” (Eph. 1:18), and that they might be “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (3:16). It is thus that the children of God are enabled to fight the good fight of faith and battle with the adverse forces which constantly war against them. In themselves they have no strength: they are but “sheep,” and sheep are one of the most defenseless animals there is; but the promise is sure—“He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increaseth strength” (Isa. 40:29).
It is this energizing power that God exerts upon and within the righteous which enables them to serve Him acceptably. Said the prophet of old, “But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord” (Micah 3:8). And said our Lord to His apostles, “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you” (Acts 1:8), and thus it proved, for of these same men we read subsequently, “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33). So it was, too, with the apostle Paul, “and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing word of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4). But the scope of this power is not confined to service, for we read in 2 Pet. 1:3, “According as His Divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Hence it is that the various graces of the Christian character, “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance,” are ascribed directly to God Himself, being denominated “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22). Compare 2 Cor. 8:16.
3. God exerts upon His own elect a directing influence or power.
Of old He led His people across the wilderness, directing their steps by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night; and today He still directs His saints, though now from within rather from without. “For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our Guide even unto death” (Psa. 48:14), but He “guides” us by working in us both to will and to do His good pleasure. That He does so guide us is clear from the words of the apostle in Eph. 2:10—“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Thus all ground for boasting is removed and God gets all the glory, for with the prophet we have to say, “Lord, Thou wilt ordain peace for us: for Thou also hast wrought all our works in us” (Isa. 26:12). How true then that “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps” (Prov. 16:29)! Compare Psa. 65:4; Ezek. 36:27.
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 122–124.