Encouragement for 2019 – At Party’s End

Good Morning,

In Christian magazines and in self-help books, the term “victorious living” is tossed around like a catchphrase. According to scripture, it should be the goal of every child of God to live victorious lives (1 John 5:4). The question is, “what does it look like” or how will you know you have achieved it? Does “victorious living” mean you succeed in everything you start, never facing defeat or, experience loss?  Victory, in my view, doesn’t imply being the best but rather, giving it your best through the process.  What is your best and who should define it? The first and most popular choice is “me”; but the real answer is “history”. History, unlike man’s view, is not swayed by public opinion nor, can it be bought; because it is an uninterested third party. History records everything! We see its records written in the way lives are affected positively or negatively by our actions. The recorded history I am speaking of is not written in books but in the hearts of the people that are alive or that remain. In the time of Babylon when it was at its Zenith, nations flocked to be allied with it; every nation was a friend of Babylon. After Nebuchadnezzar passed away, the unintended seeds of sin began to take root in the lives of the present and future kings. The end result, all of the wealth of the kingdom was gone and the people attending the party fled for their lives. It is an unpopular truth that everything we do or say, will play out at some point in time and often to our dismay; let’s call these “end of times” or better yet, “the end of the party”. My encouragement for you today is, live your lives in such a way as to please God in and out of the process. Living victorious living is not a mere goal, an item on a checklist, nor a one-time event, it is a culmination of our choices that breeds hope in others or, contributes to their disaster.

 Only let your manner of life be worthy[h] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents (Philippians 1:27 ESV).

Father,

What is it about living a victorious life that is so endearing to your heart? Your word compels us to live righteous lives not because it makes you look good but, because it leaves a pathway for others to follow. You are not looking for perfect people; rather, for imperfect people who will rely upon you and follow you. Your son Jesus came, lived, died, and was resurrected so that whatever we are facing in life, no matter how dire it is, it would be washed irrevocably by the blood that was shed so that we could go forward from the cross to live victorious lives.

Mike

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