A Word for the Week

Victory--It's an experience everyone enjoys being a part of. Whether in sport or spiritual matters no one enjoys losing. No one likes 'the agony of defeat', especially in a hard fought battle.

However, it seems there is more defeat being experienced than victory being enjoyed today. Truth is--it doesn't have to be that way.

With that thought, I share a couple of paragraphs with you this week from Pastor Johnny Hunt's book, 'Demolishing Strongholds' where he states-- (pg. 176)

"Victory is a byproduct of obedience. As we concentrate on living an obedient, holy life, we will surely experience the joy of victory over sin. I believe that if you approach the Bible humbly to obey it, God will speak to your heart about what you need to do."

NOTHING breaks the Father's heart more than the disobedience of His children. In 3 John 4, the apostle John wrote, 'I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.'

Oswald Chambers wrote, 'If you have received the Spirit and are obeying him, you find He brings your spirit into complete harmony with God, and the sound of your going and the sound of God's goings are one and the same.'

E. Stanley Jones said, 'If you make a compromise with surrender, you can remain interested in the abundant life, all the riches of freedom, love, and peace, but it is the same as looking at a display in a shop window. You look through the window but do not go in and buy. You will not pay the price--surrender (to Christ).'

The great evangelist D.L. Moody said, 'Obedience means marching right on whether we feel like it or not.'"

I don't know whether you experienced more victory or defeat in 2017. I do know this with absolute certainty--IF there was any defeat, it was because the victory that every believer has in Jesus was forfeited through disobedience on some level. True for you and true for me!

I realize that even experiences of defeat are teachable moments in our journey with Jesus BUT forfeiting is such a lousy way to lose! It's worse than battling and ending in a tie.

Just fail to show up and the opposition wins, every time when you and I forfeit! The victory is essentially handed over to the opposing side without any effort whatsoever.

As the hymn correctly conveys--'Faith is the victory that overcomes the world!'

If you desire to win in 2018, trust and obey! Victory is certain for you, IN CHRIST!

May the Lord bless His continuing work in your walk of faith.

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58