I am sitting down and writing this blog on a Sunday afternoon. It has been a great day all around and I have enjoyed meeting with God’s people, but this Sunday night is a little different than most. Tonight, is Super Bowl Sunday LI. Two teams, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will square off. I have heard all week long from commentators who are giving their take on which team is going to win.
The Atlanta Falcons have a young and talented offense while the New England Patriots have a defense that is a force to be reckoned with. Both teams have declared they are victorious in tonight’s game, but both are unsure. They both will take every game they have played and every practice and lay it all on the field tonight, but no one knows, as I write these words, which team will win the game tonight.
Reading Psalm 21, David was sure who gave him victory in his life. Psalm 21 says, “How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head. He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling. You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you. You will throw them in a flaming furnace when you appear. The Lord will consume them in his anger; fire will devour them. You will wipe their children from the face of the earth; they will never have descendants. Although they plot against you, their evil schemes will never succeed. For they will turn and run when they see your arrows aimed at them. Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.”
Victory, I like this word. Victory defined is “the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist, or the achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties.” Both teams playing in tonight’s game would like to claim victory. They would like to say they are the victors, but they can’t. They have to play the game.
I have something on the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. I am a victor. Because of Jesus Christ I am a winner. The victorious life brings me peace and joy in the Lord. It is a constant fellowship with Him. It is a life of victory over sins – even the so-called “little sins” we tend to classify in our lives. A lot of times I think that I cannot win because of the sin in my life, but in reality, I have already won. When I live a victorious life I must live a life that glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.
My victory and your victory is a gift given to us by our Savior. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our victory comes to us because of His grace. Grace is something God does for us. It is His unmerited favor in our lives. Grace is God’s mighty, omnipotent power working for us and doing things for us we could never do for ourselves. From the very beginning our salvation is all about God’s grace.
Victory! V-I-C-T-O-R-Y will always be my battle cry. My future has been settled because of Christ’s victory on the cross. I know one day the Lord is coming back for me and for all of His children. All of those who are living and all those who have passed away will be called together to meet Him in the air. What a day that will be.
We not only have the victory of being with Him one day, but we have victory today. God’s grace is His provision in us today. He gives and shares with us His mighty power. No matter what situation you are in today He says, - “My grace is sufficient for you.” He can give you victory in every situation.
If we know that, we can rest. We can trust in Him to keep us safe and give us victory in Him.
Having victory requires that we commit ourselves to Him and accept Him fully as our victory. David says, “How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 says, “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:55 says, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
We may not know who is going to win the Super Bowl tonight, but I can tell you if you know Christ, you have already won. I am so glad He fights my battles for me. David, the king, knew where his victory came from do you know today?
Note: New England Patriots won.