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A Thought for the Week—Living in Jesus’ Victory
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:27-30 NKJ).
Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God from heaven to earth. When He began His ministry He said, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17 NKJ). He demonstrated His God-given authority to manifest the presence of the kingdom of God by healing the sick and casting evil spirits out of people. The Bible says, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people" (Matthew 4:23 NKJ).
Jesus also taught His disciples to preach the message of the kingdom of God coming to earth. He sent them to heal the sick and to cast out demons as He did. The Bible says, "He [Jesus] sent them [the disciples] to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick" (Luke 9:2 NKJ).
Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom of God to come onto the earth. He said,
"When you pray, say: our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Luke 11:2 NKJ).
Jesus said the kingdom of God is within His disciples. We were created to be a temple of God, having God’s life dwelling in us, manifesting the will and the ways of His kingdom. Jesus operated that way. He said, "I am gentle and lowly at heart." He did what He saw His Father doing. He needed the power of the Holy Spirit to enable Him to live in God’s will and to do the mighty signs and wonders He was called to do. He overcame our sinful ways at Calvary and overcame the powers of hell through the Holy Spirit, so that we could be freed from sin and enabled to do and be all that God has for us to do and to be.
Jesus invites us to enter His victorious life. He invites us to take His Yoke upon us, to cease being yoked to the ways of this world, to cease living for our own pleasures and to cease living under the dominion of sin. Jesus knows what it is to be weak like we are. He also knows how to come into the power and life of the Holy Spirit and to be dependent upon Him in all of our life. He invites us to come and learn how to humbly walk in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit as He did.
We too are called to bring the message and experience of God’s kingdom into this world. We too can live victoriously in this life, accomplishing all God has for us to do. The Bible says, "…those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17 NKJ). Let us come and receive, that we might do and be all He has for us.
Father, we rejoice that You dwell in holiness and light. Help us to receive Your life through Jesus so we can be and do all You have for us to be and do. Amen.
A Thought for the Day—Living in Jesus’ Victory
Thursday, July 5, 2007
"...as your days, so shall your strength be." (Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJ)
Jesus lives!!!!! He is risen from the dead. He reigns at the right hand of the Father. He lives in victory. He lived in victory when He walked the earth. He lived in the will of God. He did not give in to sin, even as a child. He received strength from God to live a sinless life. The Bible says, "And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him" (Luke 2:40 NKJ). "Who [Jesus] committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth" (1 Peter 2:22 NKJ).
Jesus was victorious over Satan while on this earth. He was tempted by Satan, yet He did not give in to the desires of Satan. The Bible says, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15 NKJ). Jesus was weak like we are, but He knew how to draw life from His Father in order to overcome the ways of Satan and of this world. He lived in communion with His Father; He prayed to His Father for wisdom and strength. He knew the principle that man’s flesh was weak. He knew that man’s flesh needed to be rejuvenated with power from God each day. He taught His disciples to pray for strength each day, seeking only a day’s supply. He told His disciples that when they prayed to say, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11 NKJ).
When Jesus needed the strength to overcome our sin, to overcome the powers of hell, to carry our sin into hell, He knew He needed the strength of God. Shortly before this time God manifested His presence in Christ by having Jesus become transfigured before three of His disciples. He was so filled with the presence and glory of God that His face shone like the sun. Yet the power that shone in and through Christ at this time was not sufficient to carry Him through the sufferings and victory needed on the cross. This is why Jesus prayed in Gethsemane for the strength to do the will of His Father, when He knew that He must drink the cup put before Him. He knew that God would give Him strength for the day. He received strength for the day. He was victorious on the cross. He lived in the strength for the day.
We too can receive strength for each day, to overcome the temptations of this world, to live in victory over the powers of evil that still rule over people in this world. God can impart His nature into us so we remember to receive strength for each day in every situation. Remember, "He was manifested to take away our sins" (I John 3:5). Remember, "…those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17 NKJ). Let us come to Him for grace each day for each day.
Father, we rejoice in Your plan to give us all we need each day for each day. Help us to know our weakness so that we remember each day our need for each day’s supply. Amen.
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