We are Fighting From Victory!

8:31:00 AM

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)

When I was new to Christian faith, I don't like reading the Old Testament because I honestly do not understand the passages. But when I grew in faith, I started reading books in the Old Testament. It was very challenging at first but I learned a lot from studying the Old Testament. One book that greatly impacted my life was the Book of Judges. If you are familiar with this book, you know that this is actually the story of Israel's cycle of sin and deliverance. Israel serves the Lord > Israel falls into sin and idolatry > Israel is enslaved > Israel cries out to the Lord > God raises up a judge > Israel is delivered. And the cycle goes on and on.

While reading the book, I keep on asking God why can't Israelites break free from the cycle of sin? Why is it so hard for them to just resist temptation and surrender everything to the Lord? I hated the Israelites because of being so stubborn and unfaithful to the Lord. How can they continue doing such horrible things to God? 

Little did I realize I was actually one of the Israelites in the book of Judges. I did not realize that I was one of them. I was actually a stubborn sinner. I disobey the Lord so many times. Despite the Lord's goodness, forgiveness and deliverance, I still keep on doing the things that are not pleasing to my God. I still cannot give up my "pet sins". I still succumb to temptations. There are a lot of times that I cry to the Lord, I ask Him why do I keep on doing things that I know deeply hurt my Creator. During that time, I was reminded of what Paul said in Romans 7:15, "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." 

Before, when I disobey God and do things on my own, I feel so disappointed about myself, I feel discouraged and depressed. How can God love me despite my sinfulness? How can He still accept me despite my brokenness? But then His love for me which He displayed when He died on the Cross served as a great reminder that I am no longer slave to sins. He bought me with a price, with His life. He already won over sin. He is already victorious because He did not just die on the Cross to restore our broken relationship with God, He rose again, He conquered death! Death's sting is no longer! Death has been defanged.

Now, whenever the enemy tries to feed me with the unbelief that I am still slave to sin and that Jesus cannot accept mo as I am, I remind the enemy that I am already victorious because of Jesus. I am not fighting for victory because victory has already been won. I am fighting from the victory of Jesus on the Cross. Even though I feel very weak and helpless, even though I keep on struggling, I will not yield. I will battle unbelief with the counterattack that God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Jesus made a way out of the cycle of sin that enslaved the Israelites before.

God is always ready to forgive your sins. No sin is beyond the forgiveness of God. He is waiting for you to be reunited with Him. You just need to repent from your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It is actually interesting that most of the time, God is just walking with His people. Remember that there are four men in the Bible who walked with God: Enoch, Noah, Abram and Zacharias. The Lord do not always run. The only time in the Bible I know where God is portrayed as "running" is when He welcomed back His repentant son and save him from his shame (remember the story of the "prodigal son"? God ran there). That shows how excited God is when His child repents from his sins and goes back to His family. God is waiting for you, when will you run back to God?

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