No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT
This month, we are talking about living a life that is victorious.
Everyone loves to win. Everyone loves the feeling of being in the winner’s circle taking that victory lap. Many, if not all, love hearing the crowd cheer for them, and the roar of the masses give accolades of how well they did.
It’s a feeling. It’s a rush. But it is also something that doesn’t happen every day. For some, it happens very little or even not at all.
There is nothing wrong with these feelings and nothing wrong with winning a game or any type of competition.
Be the best you can be in any hobby, job, or sport, but never forget…. these types of victories are few and far between in the big picture of life. They are limited to man’s ability and solely based on man’s merit.
What if I told you that YOU CAN live a victorious life that is not based on your talents, age, what color your skin is, what country you are from, how much you have or don’t have? It’s not based on who your parents are, nor if you are a male or female, or any other physical strength or weakness.
What if I told you that you can win even on days that it might “feel” that you are losing?
What if I told you that you can be triumphant even in the valley?
What if I told you that it is possible to have hope on your darkest day of your life?
Our key scripture calls it “overwhelming victory.” The answer to how is found at the end of that verse “through Christ, who loved us.”
His love is not based on merit, but based on grace which means “unmerited favor”
You can’t work for His love. He already loved you and me before we loved Him.
The beginning of Romans 8 sets the context of our focus verse we are using.
In this passage, Paul is writing to the church of Rome. He is talking to those that already know Christ because we all need a reminder of God’s love. But also, this is a promise for anyone that does not know Him yet.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4 NLT
Paul is reminding the church today – you don’t have to live in defeat!! You and I are victorious because He (Christ) was victorious. Anything we go through that looks or feels like defeat is a lie from the enemy and contradicts every promise of God’s Word.
When we are feeling defeated or like we are losing, we need to repeat the words of Paul…
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Being victorious is not dictated by circumstances! It is dictated by the promises of God.
If you have already experienced His grace through the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection, may this be a reminder today to you – YOU ARE WINNING!!
If you have not experienced His grace and His love – this is your day!