Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship - Day 22

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If we are victorious in Jesus, then why do we still struggle and fight?

VICTORIOUS

Victorious, You reign victorious

Over sin, over death, over all, over us

Victorious, You reign victorious

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50-58

Mac really wanted to write a song that explored what it means to be victorious as a Christian, and really wanted to use the title, “Victorious!” Often times, the imagery of a victorious runner or a team scoring the final point to win the game doesn’t quite translate to what true victory in Christ really means. Even the idea of being victorious in war does not fully capture it. Metaphors often only go so far when we try to equate earthly situations to spiritual ones.

Think about the struggles of life and how often you pray for victory to overcome them. If scripture tells me I’m more than a conqueror and if I sing song lyrics like, “Victory is mine,” why am I still running up and down the court trying to score points? Why am I still constantly struggling to win battles between my spirit and my flesh? Doesn’t it seem like upon entering my relationship with Christ, I would have been given a supernatural ability to continually live victoriously?

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our  Lord Jesus Christ.  - 1 Corinthians 1:57

To put it simply, Jesus was, is, and will forever be victorious. He suffered a humiliating death but then conquered death through His miraculous resurrection. And here’s the really good news - If you are in Christ, you are resurrected with Him! You died with Him and you were raised to new life in Him. Talk about victory!

However, in this earthly life the battle still continues. This is where the metaphor hits a fork in the road: if we’re victorious, why do we still fight? When a game is over, it’s supposed to be over, with one team clearly being the winner. When a nation wins a war, isn’t the fighting supposed to end?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

Even in my weakness and in my everyday struggles, teach me what it means to trust in your victory and to live a life of overcoming. I know you have won the war, but give me the strength through your death and resurrection to be victorious in the battles I still face.

In your precious name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

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