Last night I had some precious time with God. I was praying for a specific difficult situation. You might call it one a battle in the spiritual war that encompasses the struggle for the souls of mankind.
Perhaps I was praying specifically for victory in the battle – I can’t quite remember. But God graciously reminded me that He’s already secured victory over the war!
It was a glorious and refreshing thought to be reminded that Victory is not for my sick Aunt to beat cancer and live another twenty years. Or for me to keep my job despite conflict based on my stance for the truth. Or for My parents to re-marry after having divorced. (<– all imaginary situations, by the way.)
Okay, so in one very real sense, those all are victories. I don’t mean to discount the trials we face as part of life. But the greatest Victory – which I’ve spelled with a capital ‘V’ – is described in 1 Corinthians 15:
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
-1 Corinthians 15:24-26
The greatest Victory is described in Philippians 2:
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
And the greatest Victory is described in 1 Thessalonians 5:
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
-1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Isn’t that a beautiful thought? The one who calls us is faithful. He will do it.
So now I’m praying that in the midst of the battles of life, God will work out His will and advance His Kingdom toward the Victory of victories on the final day when that war is won. May He keep our whole spirit, soul, and body blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.
Talk with me?
Let’s rejoice over God’s sure victory and the victory we have in Him! What Scripture do you think best captures the glory of His victory? Do you have testimonies of how God has been keeping your whole spirit, soul, and body blameless until the day of Christ Jesus?