Oh, Sweet Victory!

Do you ever feel like there are times when everywhere you look there is pain? People are suffering and their is so much brokenness. Your heart is heavy. You wish you could lift the burdens from those you love. You wish you could wipe the pain away, but no matter how hard you try it is simply beyond you. 

When disagreements surround us and broken relationships are everywhere it can be hard to see the hope. We search for a solution and can't seem to grab a hold of an answer. Often the message that others give to us doesn't seem to have much hope either. They look at us with pity in their eyes and tell us "When all else fails just hold on to Jesus, He'll never let you go", "He's with you in your mess". But while these words are true-God never lets go of us and is with us every step of the way-that's only a part of the story.

We seem to have gotten the idea in our heads that while we walk through discouragement and doubt, Christ simply pulls up a chair and takes a seat next to us. He holds our hand and whispers "It's okay, I'm with you in your mess." 

Friends the truth is though, that Christ loves you far too much to simply leave you in the mess. Yes, your hard situations won't vanish away, there will still be trials and testing, but Christ offers you so much more than just meeting you in your mess. 

Yes, His hand extends down to you in that pit of despair and struggle, but it doesn't simply hold on to you while you're in it, no, it goes far beyond that. He reaches down to you, grabs a hold of your hand and pulls you up out of that pit. He washes you clean and says with overwhelming love in His voice, "My child, I have put all things under your feet. Because you are covered in my blood you have victory!" 

You see, two thousand years ago Christ loved you so much that He gave His life for you but though He was the example of humility, though He was the picture of meekness and suffering well, all the while that He was on that cross He never once lost control. He was not defeated. Every bit of it was a part of His plan and even while the soldiers mocked and beat Him they were simply fulfilling the things prophesied years ago. You see Christ didn't just die for you but He also rose from the grave for you. He didn't just pay your price, He also won the war against Hell. He crushed death and defeated the Evil one and all of his powers. 

Yes, Jesus is our loving Father and gentle Shepherd but He is also our victorious King and Lord above all lords. He doesn't go back and forth but is all of these things (and so much more) at the exact same time. Yes, yes that is pretty mind-boggling and nearly impossible for us to comprehend in our small humanity. But friends, thought it is hard to believe never the less it is 100% truth. Thankfully our difficulty to understand does not hinder our amazing God. 

Now, victory does not mean the absence of trouble. Victory means that Christ is glorified. It doesn't mean that we win every fight against our brother but instead that Christ's will is accomplished in our lives. It means that in the end we know who wins and that our righteous, holy God will come in triumph for His faithful followers. 

I'm so thankful for a God who relentlessly pursues me even when I get myself into the darkest pits. He never leaves me or forsakes me. But I am even more grateful for the overwhelming fact that though I am nothing, though I am unworthy, He has rescued me and given me victory because I am covered by His righteousness. 

I often wonder like David "Who am I that you are even mindful of me, God?" and His response is always astounding to me, "I have made you a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned you with glory and honor. I have given you dominion over the works of My hands; I have put all things under your feet." (Psalm 8:3-6 , Paraphrased)



"He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters, He rescued me from my strong enemy...He rescued me, because He delighted in me."
Psalm 18:16-17, 19

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  1. WOW! This is like truth straight from heaven! I cannot wait to share it on facebook and twitter with my community of friends! Thanks for sharing, sweet girl!

    xo

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    1. Blessed and humbled by your encouraging words! Thank you! It's been a joy to follow along on your blog ever since Jess showed it to me a couple of years ago!

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