April 2018 – Month of Your Victory
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Jesus Christ has delivered all those who received and confessed Him as their Lord and Savior from the power, influence, and dominion of sin. We that were once slaves of sin and even dead in sins have now been set free from the shackles and yokes of sin and quickened to walk in newness of life, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Rom. 6:14). Hallelujah! This however does not mean that believers are now free or shielded from temptations or enticements to sin. Since we are still living in this mortal body and in this evil world, temptations will come, but we are no longer bound to yield to temptations because we are more than conquerors through Christ’s redemptive work. We can surely overcome all temptations through the help of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Like our Lord, we also can be tempted in all points and yet without sin. (Heb. 4:15). Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection has paid the price for our sins and has given us the power to conquer. We are “more than conquerors, we are super conquerors through Jesus Christ! Amen.
The Christian life is not a playground, but a battleground. We face conflict everyday as believers on our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual battlegrounds. These four areas are tightly intertwined. When one area is under attack, it also affects the other three areas too. Spiritual struggles affect us emotionally, mentally, and physically. Physical battles will affect us spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It is not God’s intention for us to lose our conflicts on these battlefields because 1 John 5:4 says “for whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
God has given us the ability and power to win our battles if we want to. The irony of this matter is that the secret of winning is surrendering ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit of God. We are to be Spirit filled believers (Ephesians 5:18).
A survey of the Scripture indicates the areas of conflict for the Christians. Ephesians chapter six describes the armor available for the battles. Every Christian in his lifetime will face battles of Love vs. Hate; Joy vs. Depression or Discouragement; Peace vs. Fear or Frustration; Meekness vs. Anger or Rage; Selfishness vs. Giving; Ungratefulness vs. Thankfulness; Gentleness vs Harshness; Carnality vs. Spirituality; False Doctrine vs. Truth; Faith vs. Doubt; Shame vs. Boldness; Struggles with the Pride of Life vs. Humility. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us, (Romans 8:37).
Jesus Christ gives us victory and more victory! Christians are completely victorious. We are free from judgment because Christ died for us and we have His righteousness. We are free from defeat because Christ lives in us by His Spirit and we share His life because He conquered death. We are free from discouragement because Christ is coming for us and we shall share His glory. We are free from fear because Christ intercedes for us and we cannot be separated from His love, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Jesus Christ loves us and gives us the victory, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Corinthians 15:57). This security in Christ is an established fact, and we claim it for ourselves because we are in Christ. Claim you victory and walk in the victory and resurrection power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Congratulations my brothers and sisters, happy Easter, for we are more than conqueror through Christ who loved us.
Welcome to the month of April 2018, the month of your Victory.
God bless you.
Yours in Him,
Pastor (Dr.) Lillian Haastrup