Saturday, July 20

V as in Victory

I made this new banner for our family newsletter because it's somewhat of a catchphrase for our family. We constantly have to say this phrase to clarify how to spell our last name. " V-V-VEEE...V as in Victory."

What a great word though, "victory", especially for us as believers! The Father gives us victory and to Him the victory belongs. The sting of death was swallowed up in victory and victory was given to us through the Son.

I decided to do a quick search here for the word "victory" and where all it can be found in His Word. All but two or three references made mention that it's the Lord who gives us victory. Here are some, just to name a few...

And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went...
And the Lord brought about a great victory...
The Lord saved them by a great victory...
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty....
The victory belongs to the Lord...
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through the Son...

One of my favorite references was one that shows up in Deuteronomy, chapter 20:
Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do no fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory (vv. 3-4).

I read this verse and I saw a mom trying to handle her toddler's umpteenth tantrum in the middle of the grocery store aisle while onlookers pass glances. I saw a high school student with his friends after football practice, being offered to try a new kind of drug. I saw a man at his desk late a night, still at the office, losing his fight to try and avoid the tempting women on the sidebar ads. I saw a college student clenching tracts in her fist as she nervously walks down the downtown streets. I saw a new pastor reading one email after another filled with complaints about all the problems he inherited when he accepted this new position. I saw an "m" trying to cast vision and train local leaders to encourage their fellowship to go and share the Good News. I saw two national believers sitting in a jail cell for another night because they refused to renounce their faith.

And then they all hear a voice saying "Listen. Listen... You're struggling with a battle. What you're encountering is far greater than you. You're going up against something that's too difficult for you to handle alone.

But calm your heart, take a deep breath, don't give up. Don't be afraid, because I'm here.

I'm right here.

You're not alone. I'm with you and I will give you victory."

I'm closer than you can see
My love is greater than you know
Feel the weight of my mercy
My arms are open

I already know who's gonna save you
I already wrote the end of the story
You were made for me and I'll never leave you
and in the end it's all for my glory

Your life is my melody
Part a song that I am singing
in the dark it's hard to see
but there will be redemption in the morning.

Cling to me and wait
As I cover you with my garments
Can't you see you are my clay
and I'm the potter and you're carrying my fingerprints

I already know who's gonna save you
I already wrote the end of the story
You were made for me and I'll never leave you
and in the end you will be happy
and in the end you will be with me
and in the end it's all for my glory

Also linked up at On Display Monday

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