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[A Christmas Poem]
The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords
Came to earth for you and me.
The salvation I could not afford
He paid for on Calvary.
What could I ever give Him
That would thank Him for His Son?
I’ll confess, and turn from my sin
And live in the victory won!
I often lose sight of Jesus,
Because of Santa and Christmas trees.
Jesus Christ is more than enough
To grant me eternity.
He’s the Wonderful Counselor,
The Mighty God, Prince of Peace,
He’s the Everlasting Father,
And to think – He came for me!
He deserves no less than my all,
Though it’s easy to give Him less.
Though born in a humble stall,
God sent me His very best.
- Aaron Hand, 2007
Philip Yancey in Leadership states, “Like a victorious locker room, church is a place to exult, to give thanks, to celebrate the great news that all is forgiven, that God is love, that victory is certain.”
Those of you who are sports fans probably remember the opening monologue to the TV sports broadcast, “Wide, Wide, World of Sports.” The opening shots depicted athletes from all kinds of sports. As the footage rolled on, so came those immortal words: “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
I guess those words don’t just apply to athletes. They could apply to all of us in general. Life itself seems to be a series of victories and defeat. It has its ups and downs. The point is that no victory lasts forever. All but one, that is. There is a conquest that is eternal. It’s the victory we have in Christ.
a.Fools are defined by Holman’s Bible Dictionary as: FOOL, FOOLISHNESS, AND FOLLY Translations of several uncomplimentary words which appear approximately 360 times throughout the Old and New Testaments to describe unwise and ungodly people. The words are especially predominant in the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. Persons who do not possess wisdom are called “fools”; their behavior is described as “folly.” The picture which emerges from the biblical material is quite simple: folly is the opposite of wisdom, and a fool is the opposite of a wise person. Both wisdom and folly are depicted as philosophies or perspectives on life. The religious person chooses wisdom, whereas the non-religious person opts for folly. Wisdom leads to victory; fo...
"The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!"
(From Victory Over the Darkness , by Dr. Neil Anderson)
At the cross, Christ exchanges lives with us…
We give him our vulnerability for His victory
We give him our weakness and He gives us his strength.
We give him our unworthiness, for his worthiness
We give him our unrighteousness, for his righteousness…
"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
Crucified With Christ
"The Christian's Passion"
Jesus said, "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23). We have just passed Easter--celebrating what Christ did for us on Calvary and the victory He won over sin and death.
The Bible holds many accurate descriptions of men and women of God who grasped the truths of the cross and Christianity. One such man was the apostle Paul who wrote, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
"Take up your cross" (Greek stauros) means that portion of affliction which is endured by faithful men and women of God who are willing to allow their trials of life to grow their faith and mold them into the image of Jesus Christ. In his exposition of Luke 9:23-26 D. M. Spence summed up a powerful truth of what Christ was teaching. He said, "No cross, no crown." It must be remembered that the only way of coming to Christ is at the foot of the cross. That message of truth is no more popular today than it was in the times of the early church.
Jesus warned about how the world will respond to those who serve Him in "spirit and truth." He said. "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. They will treat you this way because of My Name, for they do not know the One who sent Me' " (John 15:18-20).
The Apostle Paul paid dearly for his passion for the Lord and His work. He suffered beatings, imprisonment, shipwrecks and riots. He discovered that the servant of the Lord embraces hard work, persecutions, sleepless nights and hunger (2 Corinthians 6:4-5). Paul said, "I die daily..." (1 Corinthians 15:31) meaning he had to die to himself and keep going in the Lord's work no matter what his circumstances were. To take up your cross daily was also well understood by men such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, "When Christ calls a man, He bids him to come and die." This means death to s...
The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this victory can never know defeat.
I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us now. Together we shall achieve victory.