Have you heard a Christian say I am victorious! I claim victory over my anxiety, financial problem, work-relater problems, family problem, thesis defense, this disease/illness…? Have you ever wondered how can they be so confident to win over their battles? And how can they boldly claim winning over something even though they lack the strength in that aspect?
As a Christian, honestly, there are times that I can hardly speak those declarations for myself. It’s easier for me to encourage someone else. Ironically, a lot of people say that I am so strong and very optimistic in every way, but actually, the anxiety can sometimes make me hyperventilating, even when my face looks calm, confident and brave.
However, in times of dread and hopelessness, my God never fails to remind me of this verse:
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
Romans 8:11 NLT
The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that lives in us. The Holy Spirit is in us. God, himself, is living inside us.
That fact is just overwhelming! How can a big God, who exists in every place, above the time, the God who is very vast in love and grace, can live in this very little heart, that was so full of sin and shame? How can Somebody so pure and Holy, live inside this very tainted body? How can the supreme Being, fit inside in this unworthy spirit?
Not only He is mighty, but He is so so good and full of love that He WANTED to live in me!
And because of that great love, He paid the price all humanity (the dead, the living, and those who are yet to be born) has to pay. Because of what happened on the cross 2000+ years ago, we are now debt-less. He lived the life we should’ve lived and died the death we should have died. We now have life (Acts 17:28). He fought the greatest battle that we should’ve fought. And He won that battle, and gave us the victory.
Jesus, because of His overflowing love for us, suffered and died on the cross to fully pay our sins to save us, He was buried and He rose again in the third day to give us new life.
Perfect as He is, He humbled Himself in obedience to God’s will—He tasted death. Mighty as He is, He did not save Himself, rather walked kilometers, carrying that 49kg cross beam, where He will be nailed to. Loving as He is, He was thinking about us during those times.
And because of Him being pure and sinless, death could not hold Him down. He defeated death, and He conquered the grave. After three days, He rose again, to show us that indeed, He is the son of God, and He is God himself.
That is the greatest victory that has been won, and will always be the greatest victory in all of our lifetime.
Through heartily believing in the gospel, by accepting Jesus as the only one who can save us from our sins by His dying on the cross, owning up that we cannot save ourselves on our own, that’s the moment that He enters in our lives, and lives in us.
Faith opens the door for Jesus, who has been patiently knocking and waiting for you to answer.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
That’s the start of a victorious journey where we can always be secured and feel safe even when we’re under every storm. Every attack from the devil, every shaking of our emotions, every predicaments in life caused by this corrupt world, every consequence from our own failure and mistakes, we can surely win against those things. Not because of our own strength and doing, but because we have the God, the victor, our defender, guiding and protecting us in every way.
That victory over sin and death declared the victory over anything that is of this world, forever.
This Lenten season, I hope that we would just take the time to behold and take in awe of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let us remember the beautiful love that made us victorious today.
As a response to His great sacrifice, who bridged the great divide between humans and God, let us honor and love Him, as our savior and friend. As a response in receiving this unmerited favor, let us walk with love, in a manner worthy of His calling, and obey His will.
Let us hold on to His triumph, that whatever life may give us, we will be confident in the Lord to overcome anything. We can overcome because He overcame.
In God, we are victorious!
Sharing this powerful song to y’all. ❤ Have a purposeful and great holidays.