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Day Five: You’ve Already Won!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

There are many tragic stories of battles that occurred after armistices or even peace treaties were signed. If only they had known the fighting was paused or the war was over. There are even stories of Japanese soldiers who remained hiding in the South Pacific islands for upwards to 29 years after WWII, not realizing the war had ended. It’s frustrating to think of the wasted years, wasted lives. Even in minor situations where you’re playing a game and someone continues to try to answer the next question or raise a bid, and you have to point out to them, “you’ve already won”, we feel that sense of come on, don’t waste anymore time on something that’s finished.

When we consider the Israelites, God’s people, fighting in so many battles in the Old Testament, it gives thought to the physical manifestation then of what we are doing today when we fight evil, fight our sins, fight those trying to bring us down. It was bloody, it was violent and death was always involved. But isn’t that the fight Jesus took on at the cross - where His body was beaten and bloodied and where He experienced the physical/spiritual death that was due us? The ultimate fight of our lives occurred, and we weren’t even there to see it. But we are witnesses of it just the same because everything about us testifies that it happened and its effects are seen in us today. Jesus triumphed, Jesus overcame and that victory is just as much ours because God said it to be, we’ve already won!

In 1 Peter 2:11-16 it says, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”

If we could highlight two phrases from this passage to hold on to today it would be, “abstain from sinful desires,” and “live as God’s slaves.” These two have a cause-effect relationship and these two are possible because the battle has been won. “No longer slaves” sounds good, but “I am God’s slave” sounds even better.

As you go about your day, consider your thoughts, desires and actions and see how they align with your identity as God’s slave. Pray and ask for this identity to take further root and bear much fruit in your life.

- AK

Day Four: American Ninja Warrior or Something to That Effect

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Day Three: “It’s What You Do”

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Day Two: Allegiant

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Day One: Fight!

Monday, September 21st, 2015