The Way God Wins

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“And you, who were dead in your trespasses…., God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in (Jesus).” Colossians 2:13–15 ESV

When God wins, He wins big time! We’re not talking an overtime, squeak-it-out victory. And we’re not talking about a soccer game where there’s a shootout win because one ball dribbles in, but otherwise it would have been a tie. God doesn’t operate like that. When He wins a battle, His victory is decisive.

As God was pouring out His wrath on His Son, we were there in His mind. From each painful step to Calvary, to His last breath on the cross, Jesus was taking on the ultimate battle—“the rulers and authorities” who were waving “the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.”

Satan had an open-and-shut case against us. Left to ourselves, we were toast. But Colossians 2:15 declares that when Jesus won the victory on the cross, “He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (NKJV). When it came to settling our eternal destiny, God wasn’t offering an obligatory “good game.” He was triumphing over the principalities and powers, including the enemy himself: “You lost! Just like I told you!” That’s the way God wins.

Further, after what looked like a devastating defeat by the enemy, came the ultimate triumph: “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:6). Neither death nor the grave nor Satan’s plans stood a chance against the risen Savior!

Today, Jesus lives to further His victory through the lives of His followers. In fact, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). In Christ, we aren’t just conquerors, we’re super conquerors—because God doesn’t just win, He crushes the enemy (Romans 16:20). That’s why we don’t want to take on this battle ourselves. It is the reason the transaction at the cross was entirely out of our hands.

Jesus took on our debt, our sin, our (broken) condition, and defeated the condemning, eternal hold these things can have on us. Because of His death and resurrection, all who trust in Him for salvation are granted a place in the conquering band that will rejoice in His victory forever!
(All the above from James McDonald)

Pushbacks:
* Consider your personal battles in light of this truth.
* Express your heart to the Lord, pouring out your adoration, for an ultimate reason to celebrate.

LORD, when You win, You win big-time! That’s what makes this Friday so good and me so richly blessed. Thank you for becoming my complete sin-bearer, my only righteousness, my matchless defender, my true victor and coming King. You are the best, worthy of my lifetime devotion.

GOOD Friday to you!!!
Coach Mo

Let’s Talk Amazing…

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.” Proverbs 30:18-19

Some things in life are just amazing… The Golden State Warriors and their fans today have one idea on what that might be. Today’s Scripture offers four more that King Solomon classifies as ‘more than amazing’. I think he really wanted to land on the last one especially. 😉 You tell me.
1. The sight of an eagle in flight. There is  such dignity and grace, power and purpose that a soaring eagle brings. It inspires like no other winged flight does.
2. How a snake moves so deftly. With no legs it moves so well and is so agile. It is a hit-and-run artist at its best.
3. How a boat stays high on the seas. Nothing seems to stop a boat’s buoyancy other than a leak. Nothing from the outside seems to bring it down.
4. The way of a man with a woman. A woman’s influence on a man is profoundly mysterious and simply amazing. There’s a way about a woman that really moves a man. She is amazingly powerful. A good one, the right one, can launch a thousand ships. 😉

Let’s pause on the last point for a moment… Since this is amazingly true, let’s be careful about who and what we get ourselves into. Knowing that we can get beautifully ‘smitten’ by a woman also means that we can get powerfully ‘bitten’ too.  That’s why Billy Joel and countless others have written the contrasting love songs they have.

LORD, help us as men to get our women-wisdom right. Lead us to safe harbor and real reward. We want to experience amazing victory on this important front. May we soar above, move deftly, keep our head above water, and find our way. We want to win the war here. Thank you by faith for Your strong hand to guide us to a good ‘promised land’.

Simply Amazed,
Coach Mo