God’s Magnificent Triumph Over the Flesh

1 Corinthians 15:57 — But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is the supreme force in the universe. No one is more powerful, or more awesome than Him. God has parted seas, raised the dead to life, and given us victory. God has immense stake in our lives because He loves us. He will always fight for us, and He will always win. He gives us victory, and has given us victory in two major ways.

God defeated sin. Ever since Adam and Eve fell from perfection the world has been tainted by sin. No one is sinless, and no one is by nature close to God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) That is a fact of life in this world. God couldn’t stand this separation, and sent his son to make a way to Him. Now “all are justified freely through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24) God defeated Sin. He doesn’t defeat sin only when we accept him. He defeated it and created a way to heaven.

Romans 3:23-24 — for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

God also Gives us victory every day. Victory over temptation, sin, and hard circumstances. That doesn’t mean that we wont be tempted, sin, or have hard times. God has the power to overcome these when it is best for us. Hard times may be a lesson, and temptation may be a way to strengthen ourselves.

God has the potential to defeat all things. He won the battle for our salvation, and is winning battles in our lives everyday. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Romans 8:28 — And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


Holy Ground

Exodus 3:5 — “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you stand is holy ground.

In the beginning of exodus 3 Moses comes across a burning bush while out shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep. When he gets closer God calls him forward and tells moses that he is standing on holy ground. What made this ground holy? Was it the miracle of a burning bush? Was it Moses’ presence? No, it was the presence of God that made the ground holy. God is the defining factor of what is holy, in fact, before God even told Moses that the ground was holy in exodus 3 tells us that “God called to him from within the bush.” God was there, thus the ground was holy. This is found in many other places as well. The holiest place in all of the old testament was the temple because it was where God lived before Jesus died.

After Jesus died the veil that kept the holy part of the temple separate form the rest of the world was torn. God was made accessible to everyone, and no longer only dwelt in a few places that were considered holy. Now God lives in us Christians, or as 1 Corinthians 6:19 puts it we are “temples of the Holy Spirit.” Think about that for a second: we are now the holiest places in all of the world.

1 Kings 8:10-11 — And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

What significance does this hold for us? Two things. The first is this: There are no places in this world that have more potential for holiness any more. Jerusalem is not more Holy than Merna, Nebraska, it is the people there that may, or may not be more Holy. The second thing is that wherever we go becomes holy ground. If we go to Merna, Nebraska with God in us that place where we are becomes holy ground, God is there, sickness becomes foreign, love abounds, and all of the things that come with holiness.

Revelation 21:22 — And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.