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A Premature Victory

 

(Matthew 27:44-45) “In a similar way, the bandits who were being crucified with him kept insulting him. From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.”

(1 Corinthians 15:20-22) “But at this moment the Messiah stands risen from the dead, the first one offered in the harvest of those who have died. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. For as in Adam all die, so also in the Messiah will all be made alive.

(Matthew 16:19-20) “‘I will give you the keys to the kingdom from heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will have been prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.’ Then he strictly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.”



Imagine what the Disciples of Christ must have experienced when they saw their Master being tried, flogged, chained, and crucified as a common criminal. This was the same Jesus that claimed to be the Almighty God and Creator of the world. It was the same man that raised Lazarus from the dead, fed the five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread, commanded the storms in the sea to quiet down, made the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear and the lepers were healed.


They had left their jobs, homes, and close family to follow Jesus for three years while He went from town to town preaching repentance and salvation through Him. They had been insulted, mocked, accused of being brainwashed, and considered enemies of the government and of the established religion. Sound familiar?

Even the devil was rejoicing because the so-called “Savior of the world” or “Messiah” was made to be weak, abandoned by God, and defeated, a false prophet and a lunatic. The same people Jesus came to save from their sins and false religion, mocked Him, and challenged Him to come down from the cross and prove that He was truly all-powerful.

The devil and the kingdom of darkness was dancing in victory. Great darkness fell upon the land representing the victory of evil over good. Many times we feel that this is the state of the world and that we are also under the dominion of darkness. But this shout of victory was premature as three days after Jesus was buried, He rose from the dead and took away the devil’s power.

Because Jesus has risen, we have been given the choice to rule and reign with Him over the darkness that surrounds us. No matter what we are facing, victory is guaranteed if we just decide to call upon His name.


Jesus promised to give spiritual authority and the keys to experience heaven now to anyone that decides to put their faith in Him. What are you waiting for?

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are He who shall tread our enemies. You have saved us from our enemies and have put to shame those who hated us. You, O God! have proved us, You have refined us as silver is refined.
• Thank You, Father, that we have the victory over any situation through the name of Jesus.
• Thank You for giving us the keys to heaven and the spiritual authority over darkness.
• Forgive us for not understanding the power of the cross and the authority we have over Satan.
• Teach us how to walk in that authority and to no longer feel that we are weak or abandoned.
• We bind right now every plan of the enemy against us and release all the blessings You have prepared for us.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

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