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1 Corinthians 15:57 (NCV)
57 But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:13 (NCV)
13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.

Deuteronomy 20:4 (NCV)
4 because the Lord your God goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies and to save you.”

1 John 5:4 (NCV)
4 because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith.

You hear the chants at football games, soccer games, baseball and softball games. And one of those chants ring loud today. It’s the one that goes, “I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN, I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!” Spectators and fans alike are motivated by the possibility of a win. And when it seems like to tide is turning (no pun intended) excitement builds and the potential begins to become reality. However, one bad play, an interception, a fumble and that feeling in gone.

We must understand a principle today. In that setting, the chant is normally based on a feeling but today we are encouraged to take it as a statement of faith. You might not feel as though you are going to make it. The world and all it’s troubles are stacked high and you can’t see a way out. Take heart knowing that when you become a follower of Jesus, He never loses. See in Christ, we are more than over-comers, we are victors. Our lives are not governed by our emotions, or the things we are going through, but rather a steadfast belief that God has already established us in Him. And if we are in Him and He is in us – we win!!!!

A story from the Korean War illustrates this attitude. As enemy forces advanced, Baker Company was cut off from the rest of their unit. For several hours no word was heard, even though headquarters repeatedly tried to communicate with the missing troops. Finally a faint signal was received. Straining to hear, the corpsman asked, “Baker Company, do you read me?” “This is Baker Company,” came the reply. “What is your situation?” asked the corpsman. “The enemy is to the east of us, the enemy is to the west of us, the enemy is to the north of us, the enemy is to the south of us.” Then after a brief pause, the sergeant from Baker Company said with determination, “The enemy is not going to get away from us now!” Although surrounded and outnumbered, he was thinking of victory, not defeat.

Be encouraged today to look at situations through the lens of the Spirit. It might not appear that when the game clock goes to 00:00 that you will win, but you will!!!

Pastor Richie


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