By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
While witnessing one team take a lopsided lead in a sporting event, we sometimes keep watching because of the slight chance that the losing team could mount a comeback. There is hope that the team will claim an unforgettable victory, but the uncertainty of the game produces great anxiety.
Just as in a sports game, we may not be able to predict the outcome of our own personal circumstances. But one thing is certain: our victory in Christ is assured. We are not left to guess how this story ends. Although we may feel discouraged in the heat of spiritual battle or hopeless in the face of tragedy, we can find courage in His ultimate triumph over the darkness.
When Jesus died on the Cross and rose from the grave, He secured the victory for us. Jesus’ triumph over death also gave us the victory over death’s grip, both here on earth and in eternity. No longer do we have to be held in bondage to sin on earth. No longer do we have to pay the price of death for our sins on earth either. Jesus’ sacrifice covered it all.
Life can be difficult. It can even feel gloomy and full of despair. Yet, just as Jesus’ sacrifice gives us new life, His last words before His death fill us with hope: “It is finished” (John 19:30).
Like watching a movie for the second time where all the suspense is removed, so is living our lives here on earth if we are walking with the hope and assurance of salvation in Christ. We know the ending: God is victorious. Satan, sin, and death are defeated.
Jesus’ death and resurrection give us eternal life, and His final words on the Cross give us encouragement, spurring us to press on because God is the victor and we are His people.
While the enemy may make a last-ditch effort to discourage you and to divert the plans God has for your life, he will not win.
God loves you and when you place your faith and hope in Him, He will deliver you from all the wiles of the enemy. The victory has already been won!
Prayer: Lord, reveal to me how I can walk more in the victory of Christ. Show me areas of doubt, discouragement, and hopelessness where I am not trusting in Your victory. Thank You for the eternal hope You have given me! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).