Good Morning Devo for 9.1.2021: He Gives Us the Victory–So Let’s Act Like It

Good morning! The nature of the New Covenant is that it is an everlasting covenant. And with that understanding, we know why this passage for the day is true. But look at this passage in its full context:

If anyone stirs up strife,
    it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
    shall fall because of you.
Behold, I have created the smith
    who blows the fire of coals
    and produces a weapon for its purpose.
I have also created the ravager to destroy;
    no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
    and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
    and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Isaiah 54:15-17

This powerful passage reminds us that, as citizens of the city of God, we find security in the One who holds us. God fights for us on our behalf, as He has always done. All we need to do is see the cross of Christ and behold the weapon God used to fight and defeat the curse of sin and brokenness.

In 1 Corinthians 15, known as the resurrection chapter, Paul brings everything to its intended conclusion:

 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:53-58

If God has given us the victory, then let’s act like it. Yes, the world is careening away from the things of God, but the church must continue to move toward Him.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand–all other ground is sinking sand!

Matthew R. Perry, Ph.D. is Lead Pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church, Centennial, CO.

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