Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Today’s Topic: Seek It!
Today’s Text: Psalm 105:4 (ESV) Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
I’m not sure we fully grasp the concept of victory. We may understand it in some things, but I’m convinced we don’t make the same application to our spiritual lives. Let me explain.
Last night the University of Connecticut defeated the University of Kentucky for the NCAA basketball championship. The winning team had their picture taken as they hoisted the national trophy above their heads. They were wearing t-shirts that read “Lone Star Statement”. For as long as the members of that team are alive, no one will ever be able to take that away from them. They will always be able to say they were the victors. Those who call them losers can be corrected with a reminder of the trophy. Each team member can reject any and all temptations to believe that they fall short of the glory of final victory. Each and every accusation of inability can be dismissed as inaccurate. For the rest of their lives they carry the testimony of victory.
Why is that so hard for us in our spiritual lives? Why do we so easily succumb to the accusations that we are inferior, unqualified people who fall short of the glory of God, when in Christ Jesus we have been made victorious for all eternity? Why is Satan given so much authority to influence our thinking and behavior when he has already been defeated?
The answer to all of the above questions is the same – we choose to deny what victory means and believe that it has not really been accomplished. We choose to ignore the Presence of the Victor in our lives and allow the one who has been defeated to convince us that there is something left to accomplish.
That’s why studying God’s Word and absorbing it is so important. That’s the reason the Apostle Paul said to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). The renewing of our mind is based on the established fact already presented by Paul in Romans 8 – 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS! Why is it so hard for us to understand that? The indwelling Presence of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit has already won the victory for us because Jesus was not defeated on the cross. He rose from the dead and conquered Satan. Jesus cannot be defeated. His victory is eternal, and it is the present reality of all who are in Christ. We cannot be defeated. Christ’s presence in us has sealed us as His forever. We do not have to live in the agony of defeat any longer. We stand with Christ on the highest pedestal hoisting the trophy of the cross over our heads, wearing white robes that read “Eternal Statement.”
F.B. Meyer puts it this way: The disinfectant of Christ’s Presence is ever warding off the germs of deadly temptation. The mighty arm of the Divine Keeper is always holding the door against the attempts of the adversary.
Christ is victorious. In Christ we are victorious. “Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) The Presence of Christ means we walk as victors in all things.