We Can Be Victorious!

You Are God!
Psalm 90:1-2 NASB

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – always was. Jesus, the Son of God, always existed. He was with God in the beginning, and he is God (John 1). All things that were made were made by him. Jesus is our creator.

God is eternal. He had no beginning, and he has no end. I think that is one of the hardest concepts for the human mind to comprehend, because we exist in time, in a world where people, plants and animals come to life and then they die. I have a hard time, anyway, fully grasping “always was.”

As well, we existed in God’s mind even before the creation of the world. In fact, we who are in Christ Jesus, through faith in him, were chosen by God to be holy and blameless before him even before he formed the earth. He predetermined that we would be conformed to the likeness of Jesus. And, He already had purposed who we should become before the ages began. That just blows me away. Does it you? (Rom. 8:29; 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-4).

Life on Earth
Psalm 90:3-12 NASB

You turn man back into dust
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep;
In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;
Toward evening it fades and withers away.

For we have been consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.
You have placed our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

When God first created man and woman, they were sinless and in perfect fellowship with God. They were naked, and they were unashamed. But, then they sinned against God, and as a result, God put a curse upon humankind, and on the earth. So, when we are born into this world, we are born with sin natures, separate from God. And, while on this earth we have pain, sorrow, suffering, decay and death. (See: Ro. 5:12-19; 1 Co. 15:21-22, 42-49.)

This world is not our permanent home, and the more we understand that, the better off we are. We are all going to die one day, unless the Lord returns for us while we are still living, and he takes us to be with him. So, our focus should not be on the things of this world, which will perish, but our focus should be on God and on what is eternal, which will last forever.

Because of the curse of sin and death, we are going to have sickness, pain, sorrow, disease, and injuries. Some of this will come as a result of the curse, and some of it will come as a result of our own sins or the sins of others against us. In fact, a lot of the pain we will suffer in this life will be emotional pain because of others’ sins against us, or because of our own sins.

So, we need to be taught to number our days, so that we may present to God a heart of wisdom.

I believe this means that we need to consider that every day we have on this earth is not our own, to be lived how we want, but that we are to live our days in light of eternity, and not for the things of this world. We are not on this earth to please ourselves, but to please God, and to minister his love and his grace to the people he places in our paths. Then, we have hearts of wisdom instead of hearts of folly.

Confirm for Us
Psalm 90:13-17 NASB

Do return, O Lord; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

One day Jesus is going to return for us who have trusted in him to be Lord (owner-master) and Savior of our lives. And, he will take us to be with him forever. There he will wipe away all the tears from our eyes, and there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more sin or even temptation to sin; no more weakness, no more crying, and nothing to make us afraid. We will be with our Lord forever in eternal joy, peace, comfort and freedom from all that our flesh now works against us.

But, we don’t have to wait until then to be healed, to be delivered, to conquer, to have victory, and to live and walk in freedom from sin’s chains. Jesus Christ, in his death and resurrection, put our sin to death, and he rose victorious over our sin and suffering so that we could live in freedom in Him while we still live on this earth.

We may not live free from pain and suffering and temptation to sin, and free from the pain we experience when others sin against us, but we can live in the freedom of the Spirit from letting those things defeat us. We can be victorious! We can be free from the control of sin, from fear, and from all that might hinder our walks of faith. And, we can live in peace, in joy and in assurance of the sovereignty of God over our lives, and in the hope that one day all this will be over, and we will be forever with our Lord.

Our Lord will encourage us, he will give us hope, and he will assure us that we are on the right path, if we are, and that what we are doing for him is making a difference, if we are truly following him in obedience. Even though all hell may seem to be breaking loose all around us, at times, he will fill us with his peace, and he will encourage our hearts, and he will give us strength to keep on keeping on in his love and perseverance, knowing that our labors in the Lord are not in vain, and one day, if not now, we will see the fruit of those labors, for we are making a difference in this world.

We just have to keep trusting the Lord, leaning on him, submitting to his Lordship, and not ever give up hope, no matter how bad things may look.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
Henry F. Lyte / Mozart/ Arr. Hubert P. Main

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known;
Yet how rich is my condition! God and heav’n are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too;
Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!
In Thy service pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me; heav’n will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me, while Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,
Heav’n’s eternal days before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Thank you, Jesus, for these encouraging words.

 

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