Consider how you are living your day. Consider your attitude. Consider your perspective. Are others seeing you living like you won? Or do you look defeated? Do you look down? Do live each day like the battle it is knowing the battle has already been won? Does anything keeping you from living victorious? Does anything keep you from living like you already won?
Will you live today like you already won?
The truth is God’s Word shows us twice the victory we have through Jesus Christ and that with Him we are victorious! One source is the Book of Revelation and the other is where today’s morning reading begins as Jesus conquered the grave and the power of Hell. There is a heaven and there is a hell. And because of Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, we can live in confidence of not suffering through the pain and the torment. This is even a greater reason to live like you have already won so that others will be able to see the testimony of Jesus in and through you and start their own relationship with Jesus so that they don’t miss out and end up in Hell. Going this far into it, let’s look at someone who didn’t pursue God and compare before we jump into today’s reading…
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19“There was once a rich man who dressed in the most expensive clothes and lived in great luxury every day. 20There was also a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who used to be brought to the rich man’s door, 21hoping to eat the bits of food that fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the feast in heaven. The rich man died and was buried, 23and in Hades, where he was in great pain, he looked up and saw Abraham, far away, with Lazarus at his side. 24So he called out, ‘Father Abraham! Take pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip his finger in some water and cool off my tongue, because I am in great pain in this fire!’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Remember, my son, that in your lifetime you were given all the good things, while Lazarus got all the bad things. But now he is enjoying himself here, while you are in pain. 26Besides all that, there is a deep pit lying between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, nor can anyone cross over to us from where you are.’ 27The rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28where I have five brothers. Let him go and warn them so that they, at least, will not come to this place of pain.’ 29Abraham said, ‘Your brothers have Moses and the prophets to warn them; your brothers should listen to what they say.’ 30The rich man answered, ‘That is not enough, father Abraham! But if someone were to rise from death and go to them, then they would turn from their sins.’ 31But Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone were to rise from death.’” –from Luke 16
It’s too late once you get there. The time is now! It’s time to grab a hold of the reality of your final destiny and do something about it. Do you know Jesus and have a relationship with Him as your Lord and Savior? Then live victorious today! Shine the hope that is in you! Share the hope that is in you by living like you already won! The reality is you have!
Have you wondered about this Jesus? Is today the day you will step up and ask Jesus to come into your life? Is today the day that you will start to walk the journey of forgiveness and hope and love with Jesus? Is today the day you start to live victoriously? (Have comments, questions? feel free to leave me a comment)
Today’s reading speaks of the victory over death! He died and he got the keys so that death no longer has power over His followers!
(Matthew 28.1-10; Mark 16.1-8; John 20.1-10)
1Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, 3so they went in; but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them. 5Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them, “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive? 6He is not here; he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee: 7‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’” 8Then the women remembered his words, 9returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven disciples and all the rest. 10The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; they and the other women with them told these things to the apostles. 11But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; he bent down and saw the grave cloths but nothing else. Then he went back home amazed at what had happened. –from Luke 24
Will you believe? Do you believe? Will you live victorious and not be held back by the lies and tricks of the devil?
Consider how much God loves you and how He views you… On the weekend I heard this great song, check it out and consider how victorious you can live!
God’s plan for us is good – He wants to give us a hope and a future! Even what the devil plans for evil, God can use and turn it around and use it for good.
Today’s reading continues to speak of the incredible power of being in relationship with God!
32Should I go on? There isn’t enough time for me to speak of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. 33Through faith they fought whole countries and won. They did what was right and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, 34put out fierce fires, escaped being killed by the sword. They were weak, but became strong; they were mighty in battle and defeated the armies of foreigners. 35Through faith women received their dead relatives raised back to life. Others, refusing to accept freedom, died under torture in order to be raised to a better life. 36Some were mocked and whipped, and others were put in chains and taken off to prison. 37They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they were killed by the sword. They went around clothed in skins of sheep or goats—poor, persecuted, and mistreated. 38The world was not good enough for them! They wandered like refugees in the deserts and hills, living in caves and holes in the ground. 39What a record all of these have won by their faith! Yet they did not receive what God had promised, 40because God had decided on an even better plan for us. His purpose was that only in company with us would they be made perfect.
–from Hebrews 11
So when you aren’t sure what to do, turn to God and do what He tells you to do! Do what you know is the right thing to do! Turn to God’s Word for wisdom! Today’s reading continues into Proverbs…
15Poor people are helpless against a wicked ruler; he is as dangerous as a growling lion or a prowling bear. 16A ruler without good sense will be a cruel tyrant. One who hates dishonesty will rule a long time. 17Someone guilty of murder is digging his own grave as fast as he can. Don’t try to stop him. 18Be honest and you will be safe. If you are dishonest, you will suddenly fall. 19A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat. People who waste time will always be poor. 20Honest people will lead a full, happy life. But if you are in a hurry to get rich, you are going to be punished. 21Prejudice is wrong. But some judges will do wrong to get even the smallest bribe. 22Selfish people are in such a hurry to get rich that they do not know when poverty is about to strike. 23Correct someone, and afterward he will appreciate it more than flattery. 24Anyone who thinks it isn’t wrong to steal from his parents is no better than a common thief. 25Selfishness only causes trouble. You are much better off to trust the Lord. 26It is foolish to follow your own opinions. Be safe, and follow the teachings of wiser people. 27Give to the poor and you will never be in need. If you close your eyes to the poor, many people will curse you. 28People stay in hiding when the wicked come to power. But when they fall from power, the righteous will rule again. –from Proverbs 28
This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it!