1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
I can hardly read the first three versus without singing along to the worship tune, Forever.
We fear death because it is an unknown, inevitable destiny. Sin is deadly, lethal, and fatal. Sin brings death. If there were no sin, there would be no death. The Bible sets forth the penalty of death. God gives us victory in all situations, even death.
I am currently walking through a season of trials. I truly feel as though my life has been attacked in every possible way. I have moments where I feel completely devastated and defeated by the trials of LIFE. I do trust that God has a plan for the tribulations I am experiencing. I also know that many wonderful personal experiences of strength, endurance, and patience have come from this season of my life. I have grown exponentially in my spiritual life, and I have experienced many blessings in this challenging season.
I know there is a reason for this season. I know God will use it. I see it. I know it. I believe it. At the same time, this flesh of mine sure does fall short and start to feel tired, weary, and overwhelmed by the circumstances. Isn’t it so much easier to trust God when life is easier?
James 4:7 reminds us to submit ourselves to God and to resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The idea is to recognize that to resist the devil, you must draw near to God in complete submission. This act requires that a person deny themselves and come before God in humility, recognizing the sovereignty of God over the world, thus rejecting the world’s evil ways.
The good news is Jesus is our deliverer. He delivers us from sin, rescues us from our trials, and helps us escape from the influence of the world. It only comes through Christ, the Son of God.
How exciting is that?!
Just as the song, Forever, states (sing it with me), “We sing Hallelujah! We sing Hallelujah! We sing Hallelujah! The Lamb has overcome!”