Victorious Lamb

Revelation 17:14   (KJV)    14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

We never run out of reasons to praise our loving and victorious heavenly Father—our God. With the myriad people who treat Him as their enemies, after all their merciless attacks against God, our Father remains unscathed. His attackers have come and gone; many of them have returned to dust, our God still lives; He still reigns, and He will continue to do so—live and reign forever. Doubtless, it’s wise to be on His side; it’s an infinitely huge blessing to be His child. How amazing it is, when the world hits us with its most devastating blows, only to find out that in the middle of what they consider as our most humiliating defeat, they’re actually being paraded in front of the whole creation as vanquished foes.

All assaults against God are futile. This is obvious, but people foolishly continue in this useless and harmful exercise. Very interestingly, most of the attacks come from those who don’t even believe in His existence. We pray earnestly that they would be healed from their biased blindness and humbly bow before the Truth. It’s hard to kick against the Rock. Anyone who does this only hurts themselves. We don’t want them hurt. We want them saved and comforted.

During the end times, Satan and his cohorts will muster all the forces they can, and with coordinated efforts, they will launch an all-out assault against God and His people. This time, our Lord Jesus will literally and personally face them. And again, clearly and predictably, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world will win. And He wins simply because of the obvious reason: He is the Lord of all lords and the King of all kings. All rulers, powers, and principalities will bow before Him. You would think that His attackers would have given up a long time ago, but pride and foolishness blinds. That’s why we as His children are extremely grateful. He opened our eyes, that’s why it’s our heart’s cry and life’s passion to live faithfully before Him. Imagine, we also enjoy the victories, but He’s the one fighting the battles.

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It Really is God’s Word

1 Thessalonians 2:13   (KJV)   13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Men preached the words but it is God’s Word they preached. God’s Word really is God’s Word. That’s the reason why it works.

God’s Word will accomplish whatever its purpose every time. Some of us will believe. If we do, God’s Word will change us, cleanse us, strengthen us, encourage us, guide us, teach us, correct us, transform us, etc. We get the point.  Some of us won’t believe. If we don’t, God’s Word will still accomplish its purpose for us. It will be a witness against us; it will serve as our very judge. Instead of blessing, it will be a curse for us. Our belief or unbelief never renders the word of God powerless.

Dear God, thank You for graciously giving us Your Word, Your dependable, inerrant, infallible, irrevocable Word. I pray that we’ll learn to value it as it really is: God’s Word – Your Word. May we clearly see how precious Your gift is to us and how powerful it is. Oh Lord, I pray that You would save us and spare us for the many times when we receive Your clear instruction and guidance and yet we continue to choose the path of sin and disobedience.

Some of us have symptoms of callousness growing. We hear Your Word and we continue to do those things that displease you and we’ve become or are slowly becoming so comfortable about it, that we keep falling to the same sins repeatedly. Some of us have mastered the art of trampling on Your Word – Your exhortations, Your guidance and Your commands as long as we do it within the privacy of our own personal world. We’ve mastered the art of presenting ourselves to others as having a good grip of Your Word, of our spiritual condition. We’ve learned to carry ourselves so well, innocent lambs submitted to the Shepherd’s voice. We look innocent, we act innocent, but deep within us is a rotting spirit of rebellion that’s ready to step out in more serious ungodly acts given the chance.

Please strengthen us against ourselves. Save us from our weak use of Your powerful Word. May we choose to live out its power – out there in the world, and more importantly, in our very own private battefield, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Victories and Conquests

Psalm 44:3  (KJV)   For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

The conquests enjoyed by the Israelites were courtesy of God’s power, favor and love. It’s not that they didn’t raise their swords and fight; it wasn’t that they were not skilled and strong, they probably were. But they most probably fought armies that were much stronger, more trained, more equipped, and more numerous than they were. How did they manage? They didn’t. Someone way stronger and bigger than all the armies in the world took control.

We will face challenges and oppositions that we may feel are beyond us. It may not even be just a feeling; they may really be beyond our abilities to conquer, solve, or beat. But we as believers operate beyond our own natural limitations. We live in the realm of the supernatural. This is made possible through our amazingly gracious Benefactor.  God is our Father and King. He is in control of our lives. He is also supremely powerful; nothing is impossible with Him. There is no enemy too great and there is no challenge to huge for Him. In fact, it will be interesting to know how God reacts to those things we deem as monstrous and colossal. I can almost imagine Him with a very endearing smile.

Dear God – our victorious God, we place our total dependence and utmost confidence in You for our victory. Challenges, enemies, distractions – small or great, from within or from without – we know that we can live in complete victory over any of them. Please help us never to cower and never to accept living in defeat. May we never buy into the lie that there are enemies within us and enemies outside of us that we can’t conquer. You can, and we believe You will. We may have been trying for so long; we may even feel like we want to give up and stop trying, and to just live as one of the conquered – slaves to our flesh, slaves to Satan, and slaves to our other enemies. But please help us to not stop swinging until we receive our victory, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Triumph of Good

Psalm 12:5  (KJV)   For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

The context of chapter 12 seems to be the diminishing number and influence of the godly as well as the widespread influence and louder voice of the ungodly. The poor and the needy in this verse may refer to the godly who are now in poor standing and in a needy state because they’ve become the target of oppression, persecution and attacks. Evildoers now have the power – accepted, praised and are having their heyday, marching proudly with their vileness. They are punishing those who will oppose and stand in their way. They have forgotten that all the powers they’ve accumulated and achieved still stand matchless against the God they so arrogantly fight. God, in His perfect timing will arise and will defend, vindicate, and lift up those who remained faithfully His.

We see it everywhere; there’s no longer any regard for God in many sectors of our society. Believers who speak about God and their faith are quickly ridiculed, labelled as bigots, haters, and intolerant, and they are quickly silenced. Any attempt to share their faith is quickly described as “shoving in the throat,” – no matter how gently and lovingly it’s done, and any expressed disagreement to a popular public opinion is considered hate speech, discrimination or dangerous phobia. But hope for believers is never lost. An expansive and overpowering popularity of ungodliness never meant defeat for the cause of our Christ. God is in control and has never in any moment in time lost grip of that. He will arise, and we will see the day when everyone who has foolishly rose in battle against Him and His people will be quickly brought down.

Our sovereign, holy, and victorious God, we put our hope in You. May we not dread the millions of marching minions of Your already defeated enemy. Help us to remember that all the seeming triumphs of evildoers and its advocates are actually Your administration of judgment to them. Thank You Lord for the victories You’ve invited us to enjoy with You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.