Lynn, at Spiritually Unequal Marriage, has chosen Victory as our topic this week at Thankful Thursday, along with this text:
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? — 1 John 5:4-5 ESV
I totally love this scripture because it gets down to the nitty-gritty. Do you have faith or not? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God or not?
And if you do, you are an overcomer!
Woo Hoo! Count me in!
I'm at the mid-point of my life where I'm evaluating what's behind and what's ahead. Have I accomplished my goals in life? Do I have anything to show for the life I have lived so far?
On the days where I'm feeling pretty down and feel like I have nothing to show for all the pain and effort I've been through, this verse lifts me up. Because I do have the most important thing that I can ever have -- my faith in God. I truly do believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for my sins, arose the third day, and now makes intercession for me at the Father's right hand. I've always believed it.
I've never been blessed with any visions or angelic visits or supernatural experiences. I just know that I know.
Actually, I have two important things to show for my life - faith and victory. Since I have faith, the Word promises me I have victory. I don't have to feel victorious. I just know that I am.
Perhaps I won't be able to see the victory until I'm with Jesus, but it's there all the same.
There's an old hymn entitled, "Faith is the Victory." Let me share the third verse and chorus with you:
To him who overcomes the foe
White raiment shall be giv'n;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heav'n.
Then onward from the hills of light
Our hearts with love aflame;
We'll vanquish all the hosts of night
In Jesus conq'ring name.
Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory
that overcomes the world.
The day I stand before Him and He welcomes me into Heaven is the day I will have the most precious thing ever to show for my life's work.
I'm thankful for my faith. I'm thankful my mom took me to church. I'm thankful that someone cared enough to ask me to accept the Lord as my Savior. I'm thankful I had the good sense to accept!
What about you? Do you have the faith that gives you victory?
To join other thankful hearts, link up with Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.