Sunday, March 15, 2009

victory.

on thursday morning, i sat by my dad's hospital bed and prayed with him & the chaplain of the hospital (who also happens to be a dear friend of my dads). something she said has stuck with me far longer than i thought it would have. it also is something that i know & have known for as long as i have known Christ. margarie's pray included these simple, yet profound words, 'in CHRIST we have victory.'

i began to think why we needed victory (not simply the generic reasons that my kids can give me. not sunday school answers), but truly why do we need victory. victory insinuates that a stuggle is going on... check. that the battle it painful & therefore it might need a little bit of effort... check. that it is a hard time having made fight that much more indearing... check. why is there a fight? why is there a battle? why is there pain during suffering? my answer just came to me. satan has no heart. he is an opportunist by nature. he is willing to take advantage of those who are at their lowest or have a broken heart. he allows no room for us to grieve and hurt, but rather kicks us while we are down. satan isn't in this world to fight fair. he is here to fight hard and fight dirty.

that is why we have victory. that is why we need to seek victory in CHRIST alone. for this reason we fight our hardest to have victory in CHRIST alone.

5 comments:

Sheila said...

So true. Praising God for more time you got to spend with your dad by his side and in prayer. Even though satan does his best to discourage us, how encouraging that Christ IS Victorious and through him we have victory. Thanks for this update. Thinking of you and praying for you Summer. Hugs!

Linda Z said...

Such good thoughts, Summer. Indeed we do have a cunning enemy. I'm so glad that Jesus isn't his "opposite equal," but his creator and defeater. He will have the victory.

Penny Malley said...

Can you preach next Sunday? This is awesome and inspiring! Praying for you and your dad...

joy said...

Amen, sista! i have never thought about it that way.

Julie said...

Very inspiring! I'm SO sad I missed you last weekend (?) but hope you will call me the next time you are down. I'd really love to see you! :)