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Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Battle is Won

In this life we are faced with battles of the heart.

You open the pantry and there they are. Cookies. The question isn't whether you eat them or not. It's a matter of motive. What is the motive of your heart in this situation? Are you seeking comfort by eating them? Are you seeking control by leaving them there?

It may seem silly to think about eating a cookie as a heart issue. But these daily choices often reveal a battle inside of us. In your heart, are you giving God supremacy or are you giving in to Satan's lies?

God reigns here. He is ruler and King over all that is created.

There are also evil forces at work here because we live in a fallen world. Satan's evil plans speak quietly in our daily lives. He often does not shout or make himself obvious. Instead, he often waits patiently, looking for weaknesses. He whispers lies. He hopes that we will believe one lie. One lie leads to another and another. He desires for us to believe his lies so that soon enough we forget God's truth and leave it behind.

While the battle between good and evil rages on this earth, we can have hope because the war is over. The battle is already won.

God sent his one and only Son to die on a cross for our sins. While we were still sinners, He died for us. Not only did he give His life, but He rose again. He is ALIVE. In that moment, Christ conquered Satan, death and hell. Evil has no victory over us because God has already proven himself victorious. 1 Corinthians 15:55 states, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" Verses 57 and 58 say, "Thanks be to God, He gives us victory though Jesus Christ. So, stand firm. Let nothing move you."

These verses tells us to leave our chains behind and live in freedom! Let God be victorious in your life today. Break the chains of guilt, shame, unforgiveness, fear, hopelessness and doubt.

In the words of Amazing Grace...

My chains are gone, I've been set free.
My God my Savior has ransomed me.
Like a flood His mercy reigns.
Unending love,
Amazing grace.

The battle is over and God is victorious.

There is NOTHING in this world that God isn't victorious over. Galatians 5:1 says, "Christ has set us free, stand firm and do not be enslaved again." Stand firm on His word and let NOTHING move you.