Victory In Jesus

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Earlier this month I mentioned what happened when the reality of life bumped into my expectations during Pilot and my anniversary trip in March.

Well, five days after we returned from that adventure, we headed for the reenactment of the Goliad Massacre during the Texas fight for independence from Mexico in 1836.

Just like the weather didn’t fully cooperate during the Florida part of our trip in March, the weather didn’t appear to cooperate as we stood outside in line with the masses waiting to purchase our tickets for the Goliad event.

As irritation began to rise, I had a talk with myself, and asked if I was going to allow rain to keep me from enjoying this outing. And you know what? I decided it could rain all it wanted, but I was not going to let it ruin my day and turn me into a grump. (I’m sure Pilot was grateful for that decision.)

That decision was a major victory in itself.

 

Glory hallelujah, within half an hour the rain stopped, the infantry, artillery, and cavalry took the field, the reenactment began, and not another drop of rain fell the rest of the weekend.

The only way I was able to keep from being grumpy when the rain first began to fall was to remember Jesus has won the victory over Satan through his death and resurrection. Satan is powerless. I reminded myself to not allow the great deceiver to use the irritations of life steal my joy. Remembering those truths did not simply pop up by my own will.

No sirree.

That victory came from the Holy Spirit’s power living in me through the victory of a risen Savior, Jesus Christ my Lord.

 

When life gets all out of whack, and threatens to steal our joy right out from under us, we must rely on the victory we have in Jesus to get us on the other side. Amen?

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 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Jesus is The Victor!

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

It is finished!

Jesus has done it!

Life conquered death, he has won the battle for us!

Satan is defeated and Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords Lives and Reigns forever!

He is the Victor who was and is and is to come!

Praise God!

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 But at the first signs of dawn on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb, taking with them the aromatic spices they had prepared. They discovered that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on going inside, the body of the Lord Jesus was not to be found. While they were still puzzling over this, two men suddenly stood at their elbow, dressed in dazzling light. The women were terribly frightened, and turned their eyes away and looked at the ground. But the two men spoke to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here: he has risen! Remember what he said to you, while he was still in Galilee—that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, and must be crucified, and must rise again on the third day.” Luke 24:1-7 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Victory or Death

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past weekend Pilot and I were at Washington-on-the-Brazos in Texas to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Texas Independence.

In this brief history lesson, I’d like to draw parallels between the Texas fight for independence in 1836, and our fight for spiritual independence today.

I believe most are familiar with the Texas Revolution that began with the battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. For those who might like a refresher, here are some of the particulars.

  • On February 23, 1836 General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his army arrived at San Antonio to put down the frontier rebellion. The Texian rebels withdrew across the San Antonio River into the safety of the old fortified mission known as the Alamo.

  • Santa Anna raised the red flag indicating no quarter would be given to those inside the mission. Alamo commander William Barret Travis began writing desperate pleas for help, including the famous “Victory or Death” letter sent out on February 24.

  • While the Alamo was under siege, the provisional Texas government organized at Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2, the convention declared independence and the Republic of Texas was born.

courtesy wob state historical park

  • While they were unaware Texas had declared independence, the roughly 200 Alamo defenders stayed at their post waiting on help from the settlements. The defenders ranged in age, background and occupation.

  • The final attack came before dawn on March 6, 1836. As Mexican troops charged toward the Alamo in the pre-dawn darkness, defenders rushed to the walls and fired.

courtesy pixabay

  • Mexican soldiers breached the north wall and flooded into the compound. The fierce battle centered on the old church, where defenders made a last stand. The battle lasted about 90 minutes.

Now, for the parallels.

  • Satan and his minions stand posed to strike and do battle against all who claim their independence from sin through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

 

  • The father of all lies waves his flag in front of us claiming he will take no prisoners. All will die. In our defense, Jesus wrote his love letter with his own blood. Victory would come through his death.

 

  • While we were yet sinners, held captive behind walls of our own making, our independence from sin was arranged between the Righteous Judge, God, and our Mediator, Jesus, for people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

  • The final attack is yet to come. Satan and his army will surge forward in battle, but unlike the defenders of the Alamo, Our Defender, will not fail.

 

  • Those who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior need not fear breached walls. Our foundation is firm and sure. In the blink of an eye, Christ will return.

 

  • Our victory is in Jesus!

Amen and amen. Come Lord Jesus, come.

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But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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