Google+ 03/27/13 Victory Is Ours!

Isaiah 12:1-3

 

In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord!
You were angry with me, but not any more.  Now you comfort me.
See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in him and not be afraid.
The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.”

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! 

 

When it comes to God, we all seem to be guilty of one thing.  We often do not embrace our victory in Him.  We talk about His love.  We write about our struggles.  We discuss and study how to deal with the trials that the world forces upon us, and how God would have us deal with them.  We even talk about the many blessings God bestows upon us, and most of us, pray at least daily.  In my life, I "forget" to acknowledge that through it all, we have won!  We know how the story ends and we are on the right team!!!  Remember the old hymn we grew up singing that starts "Victory in Jesus?"  Our Scripture today features Isaiah speaking about just that.  Notice that Isaiah even identifies that God was angry with Him.  Because of the decisions and praise that Isaiah made and offered, God was now comforting to him.  It is so simple, that we often ignore it.  God has come to save us!  With that being true, then we simply need to trust in Him and never be afraid.  Fear is a dangerous emotion.  I am not talking about the "fear of God" that we should all have when we consider His power, love, mercy, and grace.  I am talking about the disabling fear that prohibits us from making Godly decisions, following His will, and stepping out in His name.  This type of fear comes from Satan.  It overtakes us when we forget who our strength and song are in Christ Jesus.   When we do this, we deny the victory that God has given us.  God is literally our victory.   All of us have gotten through struggles and "won the day" because of God.  There simply is no other explanation.  When we allow God to help us "conquer the grave," we have arrived at the exact place that God intended.  During our preparation for Easter, let's accept that often-ignored fact and embrace it.  God is our rock and our salvation.  As Scripture asks, "whom shall I fear?"  A popular Christian worship song asks "if God is for us, who can stand against us?"  Don't ignore the answer as being rhetorical or trite.  The answer to this important question is "No One and Nothing!"  As we drink deeply from the pool of salvation, we too can proclaim victory in Christ and say with a loud voice, "O Death, Where Is Your Sting!"  This Easter Sunday, and every day, let's celebrate and proclaim our "Victory in Jesus!!!"