Pastor Jimn Kyles this past Sunday said something in his message that was so powerful. He said, “You are not a victim, but a VICTOR!”
Y’all…this is freedom! This is exoneration from carrying around past hurt. It is an acquittal from defensiveness. It is deliverance from wall upon wall having been built around our hearts. It is an opportunity for liberation in Christ Jesus from all the things that have suffered, been taken away or died from past friendships or relationships!
1 Peter 2: 21-25 in the Message speaks about perspectives concerning suffering…
“This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.
He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.”
Jesus not only paid for our sins on the cross but for our freedom! The above passage says He named us and kept us; but we have to allow Him to keep us. If we only allow him to be our Savior but not the Lord of our lives, we will always be stuck in the difficulty of life. We will never have the liberty that He so dearly paid for unless we experience victory.
“The horse is prepared for the day of
battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”
Proverbs 21:31 NLT
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
Victory is ours! It is often a daily decision and a daily commitment to remind ourselves of that. It’s not easy all of the time. Our emotions will tell us that we aren’t ready to forgive; that we aren’t ready to let that thing go. But we can through the power of Lord!
Decide today to forgive that person. Choose to let it go. Determine to be a victor. It’s ours for the taking!