January 19th – Our Mighty Warrior King
Author: Brad Raby
Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 24
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle! (Psalms 24:8 ESV)
Take a moment and reflect on this good news: Christ Jesus, our Lord, has defeated every foe in battle and has already won the war against Satan. Furthermore, He is for us and wars on our behalf today against evil and temptation.
Selah. (Meditate on this)
However, it occurs to me that this is not the best news. The greatest news is that Jesus has won another war – He won the war over my evil heart. It is wonderful that Jesus has won wars FOR me, but even greater that He was won the war IN me. The power of His resurrection is such that grace has won over my rebellious heart. His love has conquered all my sin. I love the words of the famous British preacher Charles Spurgeon:
“The saved may well adore their Lord for his conquests in them, since the arrows of their natural hatred are snapped, and the weapons of their rebellion broken. What victories has grace won in our evil hearts! How glorious is Jesus when the will is subdued, and sin dethroned! As for our remaining corruptions, they shall sustain an equally sure defeat, and every temptation, and doubt, and fear, shall be utterly destroyed. In the Salem of our peaceful hearts, the name of Jesus is great beyond compare: he has won our love, and he shall wear it.”
He has won our love, and He shall wear it! It is because He first won the battle in us that we are now more than conquerors.
Our human nature is such that we hate to lose, but how great it was to lose this battle. For those who have surrendered their evil hearts to Christ, there is great news: He was won us and made us new. Still find yourself in a struggle, asking when will I get victory in my life in ______?
Rest in Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Prayer Focus: Give thanks to God that you lost and He won! Spend time celebrating that victory. Enjoy Jesus in your prayer today!