Just Waiting For The Parade

A victory parade is held to celebrate victory over the enemy.
 
The United States did it with the allies after WWI and II.
 
In ancient times the parade was lead by the conquerors
followed by the spoils of war.
Next came the leader of the defeated army
and the captives
and finally, the victorious army.
 
The defeating army held this procession to make a 
public spectacle of the captives.
 
The Bible lets us know Jesus has already won the battle.
 
He accomplished this on the cross.
 
Jesus took our captivity captive.  Ephesians 4:8
 
He has freed us from the destruction of sin.
Having disarmed principalities
and powers, He made a public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them in it.
 
Jesus now leads us in victory.
 
Now thanks be to God who always leads us
in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the
fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
 
The battle has been won.
The parade is getting ready to start.
 
Don’t sit on the sidelines watching.
 
Join the victorious in Christ!
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You Already Have It!

You already have it.
What?
I already have it?
 
YES!
 
You already have power and authority which is given
through adoption by God into His family.
 
Once saved, we are adopted and become joint heirs with Christ.
 
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,
“Abba Father”.
 
As an adopted child of God, we have been given
the same rights as the Son.
 
We have been given a new name and a new identity in Christ.
 
Most importantly through adoption,
we have been given power and authority to overcome
“all the power of the enemy”, Luke 10:19
 
Jesus had:
authority over everything, Matt 28:18
authority to cast out demons, Mark 1:27
authority to heal the sick, Luke 7:7
 
As joint heirs with Him, we inherit all that He is.
 
Every person is from God, but not all have been adopted into the family.
 
To receive your inheritance you must be adopted into 
God’s family by receiving Jesus 
as Lord and Savior. 
 
Then all that He has is yours!

 

A Treasure Map by Max Lucado

In the beginning there was the Word.
The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 
“The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed, and ridiculed.
Scholars have mocked it as foolish.
Kings have branded it as illegal.
A thousand times over it the grave has been dug,
and the dirge has begun, but somehow
the Bible never stays in the grave.
Not only has it survived, it has thrived.
It is the single most popular book in all of history. 
It has been the best-selling book in the world for years!
 
There is no way on earth to explain it.
Which perhaps is the only explanation.
The answer?
The Bible’s durability is not found on earth;
it is found in heaven.
For millions who have tested its claims 
and claimed its promises there is but one answer—
the Bible is God’s book and God’s voice…
 
The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God’s plan
and passion to save his children.
That is the reason this book has endured through the centuries…
It is the treasure map that leads us to God’s highest treasure,
eternal life.”
 
Writing by Max Lucado

 

Living In His Sufficiency

We all like to be self-sufficient;
able to take care of ourselves fully.
 
The truth is we all need help.
The kind of help which is only available from God.
 
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
 
All the riches of this earth are not enough.
They cannot help to gain complete financial independence,
emotional stability, or physical health.
 
No matter how may self help books we read
or seminars we attend,
we can never quite reach the point of being
completely sufficient.
 
God is bigger than our needs
and greater than our attempts at meeting them.
 
2 Corinthians AMP
Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability)
personal judgments or to claim or count anything
as coming from us, but our power and ability
and sufficiency are from God.
 
Trusting in God we become self-sufficient in His sufficiency.
 
I depend on God alone; I put my hope in Him;
He alone protects and saves me….