Our Victory in Jesus: The Spiritual Battle is Already Won

The battle is already won. Jesus defeated the enemy and has made a way for us to become brand new. These truths are present throughout the New Testament, but I’ll be honest. It’s hard sometimes to embrace them fully when the world still seems so utterly broken. When I watch the news, see loved ones struggle, or face my own difficult circumstances… it is hard to fully grasp this newness the Bible speaks of so often. But we must never forget that our victory in Jesus is secure, and He goes before us in every battle we face.

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Our Victory in Jesus: The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail

When God speaks, whatever He declares is done. His Word is His Word. With His Word, He brought the world into existence. His Word became flesh (Jesus) and defeated the enemy, breaking the power of sin and darkness. When God puts something into motion using His Word, it will be completed. God declared our victory in Jesus. We have His Word that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Kingdom. So as we continue to fight our spiritual battles against sin and darkness, we can trust that victory is ours in Jesus’ name.

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Let My People Go: Victory, the Cross, and Freedom in Jesus

Let my people go! I’m sure we can all imagine Moses shouting this phrase to Pharaoh with his fist raised high demanding freedom for the children of Israel. Ten plagues later, they were finally free to go. (Well, sort of… Pharaoh decided to go after them, God parted the waters of the Red Sea… you know the rest of the story.) Interestingly enough, Moses didn’t demand their freedom simply for freedom’s sake. He wasn’t claiming injustice… although he certainly could have considering they were overworked and mistreated as slaves. When speaking to Pharaoh he simply proclaimed, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.‘”

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Let There Be Light: The Day Darkness Lost the War

Let there be light… When creating the world, God spoke light into this world. But in one moment, everything changed. Man ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and as a result, death and darkness would reign. But God had a plan… one that He put into motion in the Garden of Eden. He would restore the light through His promised Messiah. And everything that happened as result of sin, would be overturned.

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Lessons from War: How to Stand Firm in Faith and Victory

The victory is won. Sin and death have been defeated. Jesus has defeated the enemy. The New Testament speaks often of our victory in Christ. We are told stand firm in faith and victory because Jesus has already won the war! But what does all of this really mean for us as Believers? If the war is already won, why does Paul instruct us to wear spiritual armor in Ephesians 6? And why is it that life still feels like a constant battle sometimes?

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Abiding in God’s Peace When You’re at War with the Enemy

The Bible is clear. There is an enemy, and he has his mind set on destroying your ability to be who God created you to be. He whispers lies, distorts the truth, and attempts to steal your joy and peace any chance he can get. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that we’re never NOT at war with the enemy. But truth be told, some battles are more difficult than others. I say this from personal experience… some battles are rough. As children of God, we are called to abide in God’s peace no matter what the circumstance. But how do we abide in peace in the middle of a war?

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How to Live Your Life as an Overcomer

Defeated. Overwhelmed. Disenheartened. We’ve all been there. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls when we least expect them. Jesus told us that in this life we would have troubles. So trials and obstacles are simply a part of life. But the Bible also teaches us that we have victory in Christ. God destined us to be overcomers… not to be overcome by life’s struggles. But what does life really look like as an overcomer?

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Are You Walking in the Victory Jesus Gained on the Cross?

There have been many times in my life when I have felt defeated. Beat up. Broken down. Overcome with pain or grief. These feelings come with the territory when it comes to being human. We all know what it’s like to feel like you’ve lost. But there’s a difference between feeling defeated and actually being defeated. Looking back at my own life, I’ve certainly experienced feelings that weren’t an accurate depiction of the truth.  On the surface, Jesus may have seemed defeated on the cross. But what appeared to the world to be Jesus’ ultimate defeat was truthfully His greatest victory.

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The Atonement: How Jesus Made a Way to Save the World

The entire foundation of Christianity is Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus atoned for man’s sin on the cross making it possible for us to be made righteous and inherit eternal life. In all honesty, atonement is simply a fancy word for reconciliation between two parties. To atone for one’s mistakes means that we make things right again. All is well, and we are united once again. And this is exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross.

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Identity Theft: 2 Reasons to Guard Your Identity in Christ

Who do you think you are? Our culture is currently obsessed with this question. We’ve tried to define ourselves in so many different ways over the years, all in an attempt to “find ourselves.” Honestly, it’s something that the entire human race has in common. We all want to know and understand our identity. We crave to know who we are, where we come from, and what we are destined to become.

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