Victory is Ours!

Feb. 14, 2020

Scripture Readings

Q. What is your enemy? Who or what is defeating you or getting you down?

The Lord is a warrior (Exod 15:3) who will defeat our enemies. “They cannot succeed” (Psa 21:11-12). When Israel faced the threat of the military might of the powerful Egyptians, the Lord defeated their foes (Exod 15:4-10, 19), “shattered the enemy,” (v. 6) and “threw down those who opposed” him. (v. 7)  

Q. What will God do to defeat your enemies?

We know the Lord has power to liberate us from whatever confronts us. The greatest victory was God’s defeat of death, seen first in the resurrection of Jesus from death (Matt 28:7). Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and earth (Matt 28:18), and now he is always with us (v. 20). When the people of Israel were hungry in the desert, the glory of the Lord appeared to them in a cloud (Exod 16:10) before he sent meat and bread to feed them (16:12-14). The Lord will reign for ever and ever (Exod 15:18).

Q. How will we respond to God’s deliverance?

1. Let us worship him

The Psalmist declared, “we will sing and praise your might (Psa 21:13). After Jesus’ resurrection, the women who had gone to the tomb to meet him, “Clasped his feet and worshipped him,” (Matt 28:8-9) and when the 11 disciples saw him, “They worshipped him,” as well (vs. 17). After God’s defeat of the Egyptian armies, Moses and the Israelites sang, “I will sing to the Lord for he is highly exalted . . . he is my God and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exod 15:1) Miriam told the people to “sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.” (15:21)

2. Let us tell others

After Jesus’ resurrection, the angel told the women to “Go quickly and tell his disciples.” (Matt 28:7, 10) Jesus told his disciples to “Go and make disciples.” (v. 19)

3. Let us obey him

Jesus told his disciples to teach others, “to obey everything I have commanded.” (v. 20) We are not to be afraid (v. 10), for Jesus is with us, “Always, to the very end of the age.” (v. 20) 

Rick Love

Founder of “Love New Canadians” and the one who keeps his wife out of trouble!