Indestructible Stone

Matthew 21:44   (KJV)   44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Never fight against the Lord Jesus Christ.  It’s a “no-win” position to take.  After all, He’s not a weakling that many people think He is.  True, people can speak very insulting and really bad words against Him, and they don’t get struck with a divinely-originated death Matthew 21.44 - Indestructible Stoneblow.  There are those who challenge Him without a seeming answer from heaven.  They conclude that either He’s not real, or He’s just not as powerful as people make Him out to be, or He’s a coward.  Some see Him as the helpless sheep brought to the slaughter.

The truth though:  yes, He came as God’s spotless Lamb, but there’s another side of him people don’t see, understand, or accept.  He is the Lamb of God;  He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  Everything was created through Him.  And creation is way much bigger, greater, and mightier than us.  Whatever plan of attack, whatever strategy, whatever approach, whatever weapon, the end will be the same:  Jesus will always be standing—on top.

He is the Lord of hosts.  He is the victorious warrior.  It’s best that we be on His side—the winning side.  Understanding the end of everyone who dares challenge Him into a fight, we prefer what we have now: a love-relationship with our Lord, Savior, Father, and Friend.



The Real Champion

1 Samuel 17:45   (KJV)   45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This is one of the best declarations and statement of faith we can find in the Word. While all the other professional armies cowered in the presence of a 9’ 6” giant enemy who was mocking them terribly, the young good-looking shepherd bravely answered the 1 Samuel 17.45 - The Real Championchallenge. He was obviously much less experienced in actual battles; he was definitely much smaller; he was unquestionably the underdog—in the natural. I love that qualifier: “in the natural.”

David wasn’t blind; he heard what the enemy said; he felt insulted by it, and he couldn’t believe why his fellow soldiers were just swallowing all the insults—not because they “loved” their enemies, but because they were scared. David saw beyond what everyone else did. He saw the giant, but he knew Someone bigger. He was aware that he was facing the Philistine champion, but He knew the LORD of heaven’s armies.

He knew his much greater advantage.  His enemy’s power was all limited to the natural: sword, spear, javelin; his dependence stretched higher than the heavens and greater than the universe.  He faced Goliath bearing the Name that is above every name. Goliath represented the Philistines, David represented his God. Oooh, there alone, we see who the clear winner is.  And that’s how we too are or can become winners.

The odds may be undeniably against us; the situation may look really bad; it may seem like there is no other end but our defeat or surrender; there may be a strong pull to raise our hands up or the white flag and say “I give up.”  But there is a realm we know is real; it’s a real part of our existence; there, our hope is endless. Our LORD God, the Jehovah-Nissi—the LORD our Banner—is our sure victory.

Absolute Victory

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.

Our precious Lord Jesus—He Who is humble, gentle, and meek; He Who is merciful, gracious, loving, and kind—is also the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He hasn’t lost a single battle and He never will. This is a sufficiently credible reason for us to live in full revelation-17-14-absolute-victoryassurance and absolute peace, and ought to have been a more than adequate reason for those who treat God as their enemy to lay down their “arms” in unconditional surrender.

We don’t fight a losing battle. Our efforts are productive. We know that we are marching with our King towards the ultimate victory of the Kingdom. We have lots of enemies now; they’re more numerous; they’re powerful; they’re strong; they’re noisier; they’re more vocal; they’re more widely accepted and supported. In the natural eyes, they’re winning. And it’s heart-breaking to see them seeing the world only within the parameters of the natural.

All these seeming advances and victories they’re enjoying are immaterial as to how this will all end. The result is the same: The kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of God and of His Christ. Reigning with Him are the called—the chosen—the faithful—us. Praise God. With this truth before us, we march on. Although we’re fully aware that the way is broad and the gate is wide that leads to destruction, and that there are many who go there, we’re equally aware that there are still those who are sincerely in search of the straight path and narrow gate that leads to life. We’re here for them. And although we know not everyone will listen; we want those who would to hear. Us, with them, with our beloved Jesus—the Lord of lords and the King of kings, altogether, we will sail towards our absolute triumph and eternal reign.



1 Corinthians 15:57   (KJV)   57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The honor and glory for our victorious lives as believers belong to God. He’s the reason and the One Who gives us victory. He gives us victory over forces and enemies no one else has any effective weapon against: sin and death. This victory is generously bestowed and shared to us through our victorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He defeated sin, death, and the grave: living a perfect life, dying a sacrificial death, and rising again on the third day.

We as His people live in victory. That’s why we are more than conquerors—not through our own power but through the power of the Holy Spirit—the power that gloriously raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead—the power that was actively involved in the creation of the entire universe—the awesome power continually residing inside of us. Left to ourselves, we’re pathetically powerless against the tandem forces of sin and death, but with God, we triumphantly rise above both.

That’s why we have transformed lives; we’re new creations; old stinking things have passed away, all things have become beautifully new. There are obvious changes in our beliefs, our love, and our choices. There is no question that we know our Father, that we have surrendered to our Lord Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit is working in us. From glory to glory, we claim one victory after another— journeying progressively on to the very image of our precious lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have no shame; we have no fear; we’re gratefully and humbly sure about our saving relationship with Him, and we excitedly wait for the Lord’s coming and our ultimate victory over death—our bodily resurrection.

Praise to You Lord—our victorious Lord and King! Maranatha.

Loving Victory

Psalm 13:4-5  (HCSB)   My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliveranceI

It was the pride and joy of the enemy to see David shaken and fallen. Yes, David – the man after God’s own heart was shaken. Despite that, he didn’t lose heart; he had faith. He knew that joy was his; he believed that deliverance will come. His assurance was in knowing, believing and trusting that God loved him.

Our enemies’ victories are not final; the final score will declare God and His people triumphant. God’s seeming silence in the middle of attacks against Him and us doesn’t mean He’s carelessly indifferent and inactive; it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care. Simply, He isn’t threatened and He isn’t worried. We shouldn’t be either. He loves us; His plans for us are still good and never evil. His plans are still to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. Those haven’t changed; and neither has He. His deliverance will come; His will will be done, the final victory has been won.

Our loving and victorious God, Please help us to really learn to see everything through the eyes of faith. The enemies may declare their triumph, but may we see the reality of their defeat. The enemies may rejoice because we have fallen; but help us to joyfully see you lovingly lifting us up. May our eyes never fail to see our ultimate destiny of victory, in Jesus’ Name, amen.