What does success look like to you?

When you think of success or victory how do you when it has happened? Do you setup KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that you measure and track? Do you define success criteria so that when it happens you can tell and know? Do you have S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based) to be able to track and know when you have succeeded? If you don’t setup or define success criteria or have S.M.A.R.T. goals, how will you know when you have arrived? have succeeded? have victory? What is your definition of success? What is your definition of victory? What is your destination?

How do you know when the tides change? How do you know when it is getting better? How do you know if what you are doing or have done made a difference? How do you know what the other factors that were in play did to impact what you’re trying to achieve?

If we consider God’s perspective, it is interesting because He knows the beginning and the end. There are no surprises to Him! So if something happens there is a purpose and a plan for the outcome He knows will happen. Are you giving your goals and your plans and your hopes and your dreams up to God? Are you making His plans your plans? In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straightSeek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Will you make His plans your plans? Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. So if we want to achieve true victory, we need to invite Jesus into our hearts and live lives after Him! Through Jesus we become new creations where the old is gone and the new has come! Through Jesus we get the victory thanks to Him! He defeated the power of death in our lives! He defeated the power of sin in our lives! He has won the victory for us if we will choose to receive it and live in it! Be it at the cross and the resurrection! Be it in the end as described in the book of Revelation! Jesus has won and for us to truly live in victory, we need to receive Him into our lives and live our lives for Him!

Yes, there will be temporary successes and temporary victories! To achieve eternal success and victories we need Jesus! He is the way, the truth, and the life! He is the only way to achieve eternal victory and spend eternity with God!

We need to have a bigger perspective! Had people only had the view of what was going on in the moment, they probably saw the cross as a defeat, but that wasn’t the end of the plan and wasn’t how it ended with Jesus being put into the grave. Jesus said that on the third day He would rise again and so if we view what was going on through the cross and the resurrection, it is a time of incredible celebration because of the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death. He took away the power and the keys to cause fear and worry from the devil! He took away authority the devil was trying to portray He had! Jesus is above it all! No matter what we are facing today, Jesus is above it all and so we can have victory! Be it relational, Jesus is above it all! Be it financial, Jesus is above it all! Be it physical, Jesus is above it all! We just need to believe! Fear Not, Just Believe! Fear and worry change nothing! Prayer and Faith change everything!

So do you want to have victory? Then we need to take hold of it from a Biblical perspective and look at it through the prism or lens of Jesus Christ!

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ.

–from 1 Corinthians 15:57

So will you choose victory? Will you invite Jesus in so that you can find victory in your heart, over death, and over evil?

There are three things you can give in response to this amazing gift of victory through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Give thanks

‘Where, oh death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’ (vv.55–57).

The evangelist, David Watson, told the story of when he was called into the garden by the frightened cries of his daughter who was being chased by a bee. He wrapped his arms around her and then she felt his body go tense. He let her go and said to her, ‘You needn’t worry anymore, darling, the bee has stung me.’

On the cross, it was as though Jesus wrapped his arms around us and took the sting of death for us. We still die (if Jesus doesn’t return first) but, for everyone trusting in Christ, ‘the sting of death’ has been removed through the cross and resurrection. And, as David Watson said to his daughter, ‘Bees don’t sting twice.’ ‘Thank God!’ (v.57, MSG).

Give yourself

Do you sometimes wonder whether what you are doing in serving God is really making any difference? Are you tempted to think that it may all be a waste of time and effort?

Be encouraged: ‘Nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort’ (v.58, MSG). Paul writes that the appropriate response to the victory of Jesus is ‘to stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain’ (v.58).

Get on with ‘the work of the Lord’ (v.58). That is, the work that the Lord has called you to do. Do not be worried or threatened by what others are up to in different ministries. Different people have different callings. It is not for us to judge. They are seeking to serve God, possibly in a different way. Each of us should follow God’s call in our own lives.

Give yourself fully to whatever it is God has called you to do. Because of the resurrection you can stand firm and know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

Give money

Part of giving yourself to the work of the Lord is through giving your money (16:2). We see here a number of principles of Christian giving. First, it is primarily ‘for God’s people’ (v.1) that is, the church. Second, it should be regular, ‘On the first day of every week’ (v.2). Third, everyone (‘each one of you’, v.2) should be involved. Fourth, it should be proportionate, in keeping with your income (see Deuteronomy 16:17): ‘Be as generous as you can’ (1 Corinthians 16:2, MSG).

–from Day 236: Bible In One Year 2017

The Way to Victory

Day 236: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Victory in our hearts … Proverbs 20:25-21:4
  2. Victory over death … 1 Corinthians 15:50-16:4
  3. Victory over evil … 2 Chronicles 21:4-23:21

Today’s reading from God’s Word: Day 236

Consider this…

  • The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
  • The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lordhe guides it wherever he pleases.
  • People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.
  • Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.
  • The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
  • The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
  • For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Are you willing to live in the light rather than hide in the darkness?
  • Are you living resume values or eulogy values? Values that get the job done or values that leaves a legacy?