For years, I have heard preachers and teachers and even just everyday folks use the phrase, “I’ve read the end of the Book, and we win in the end!” And usually that statement is followed by “Amens” and even thunderous applause and cheers. And why not, right? I mean our team wins in the end; that is great news. With all due respect to those who have ever used that phrase – although it might be a catchy, motivational, “Rah, Rah, God” statement – it is absolutely False!
Instead of referring to the “end of the Book”, why don’t we take a good look at the rest of The Book and realize that we don’t “win in the end.” The real truth of the matter is WE HAVE ALREADY WON! Jesus Christ paid the debt for your sins and my sins by coming to earth in human form, living a sinless life, suffering a brutal death on the cross and then, Praise God, rising up again from the dead! That is where the victory was won once and for all!
For you and I to live life like we have to struggle through and hope for a victory somewhere off in the distant “end” is so not what God intended for us. Instead, I believe, He wants us to live a life of victory now, today! Because God tells us in His Word that Victory is what has been given to us. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:55. That verse doesn’t say he will give us the victory somewhere off in the future if we just hang on; it say he gives us the victory now, today! We have won!
”And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” – Colossians 2:15. The Devil has no power to steal our victory, because through the cross Jesus “disarmed” him. That has already happened! The victory has already been won! We have victory over sin. The problem is that even though the Devil’s guns have been loaded with blanks, he still waves them around and seeks to intimidate as many of Christ’s followers as he can.
Do we still have struggles? Is life still hard? Absolutely! But when we begin to fully understand the victory that the cross affords us in our daily life, it should change our attitude towards our hardships. Troubles are not something that we have to somehow struggle through and bear until we reach heaven. Troubles are teachable moments in our lives that God wants to use in order show us His power and His victory that He has freely given to us.
Our lives should not be lived in hopes of a victory that is promised to us some day. But we should live today in the power of the victory that is already ours through Jesus Christ. Stop telling yourself that life will all be worth it one day when we get to heaven and “win.” Remember that “Life is worth the living just Because He Lives!” If you have Christ in your life, you are a Child of the King! And although the devil may try to intimidate you, he has no power over you. Begin today living the life of victory that Jesus has given to you.