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"Because He Said So! Discovering who the I AM says I am"

February 15, 2019

The I AM says I am victorious!

 

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Field Day! It’s the day that elementary students anticipate all year. The day where students wear matching t-shirts, have no school lessons, and compete doing all sorts of individual and team races and activities. But, for a girl who wasn’t much of an athlete Field Day always brought with it feelings of stress and inadequacy. The day for me was grueling. The words 50-Yard Dash, Sack Race, and 3-Legged Race make me feel anxious even to this day. Now don’t get me wrong…I like to compete…but I like to know that I have a chance to win! And when it came to these types of events as a small child, I didn’t stand a chance. And then, one glorious year, the school added in some less physical competitions. When it was officially announced that there would be a math race and a spelling race added to that year’s events, this runt of the class was thrilled. I actually felt like I had a shot at being a champion of a field day race. I actually believed in my ability to win! And that year, for the first time in my school career, I came home from Field Day with a ribbon – 1st Place Math Race and 3rd Place Spelling Race.

 

Who would have ever bet on a victory from a team of underdogs named Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego? Probably no one. These men were bound, tied up, and thrown into a blazing furnace after refusing to bow down to the golden idol of King Nebuchadnezzar. But they were victorious; they beat all the odds and survived the fire. And they didn’t just survive and come out uncharred. This trio came out of the blaze praising their God and rejoicing!

 

Do you often experience the sweet smell of victory or does it seem like your life has been more about the agony of defeat? It is certainly easy to compare ourselves to others and feel like we have a BIG “L” on our forehead! Life can feel, at times, defeating! And oh how the enemy wants us to throw in the towel and admit loss. But ladies, there is cause to celebrate! We have ultimate victory in Jesus! “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Jesus overcame the grave and the battle has been won for us. When He rose from the dead, we became the victors! It doesn’t matter if we are the fastest or strongest, because of Jesus and His sacrifice for us…we win and we get the trophy of eternal life with Him. And that’s better than any championship we can earn on this earth.

 

Let’s sing it, sisters! “Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever!” Rejoice; we win with our Lord as the captain of our lives! So today, no matter what battles we come against, let’s stand on the platform of success and collect our award. We are the champions! And in giving our victory speech, let us proclaim our Lord and Savior as the source for all our winning feats and say, “I am victorious…because He said so!”

 

Additional Reading: Exodus 15:2; Psalm 20:7-8; Romans 8:37; Colossians 2:13-15

 

Dear Lord,

I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen

 

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