“And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
For my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:
For when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2Cor. 12:9,10.
The serpent’s head has been crushed (see Gen. 3:15) by the love displayed on the cross and the power of the resurrection of our Lord, who has delivered us from the power of our enemy.
“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies…
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice;
hail stones and coals of fire…
He sent from above, he took me he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me;
for they were too strong for me… “
(from Psalm 18; I encourage you to read the whole Psalm)
Not only do we live in triumph over the enemy of our soul, but the Lord has, also, given us victory over our flesh.
“I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness…
now being made free from sin and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Romans 6:19,22).
We do not hope to triumph. We have triumphed through our Lord Jesus Christ. We live out of the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Circumstances have only the power we give them. As Dr. David Jeremiah has said, we are not under the circumstances, we are overcomers.
“Nay, in all these things
we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.” Rom. 8:37
“The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted…
He delivereth me from mine enemies:
yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me:
thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD,
among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.” Ps. 18:46,48,49
May we each learn to live out of the victory our Lord has won for us. One day we will receive the victor’s crown.