‘But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
What seems like a setback is often a setup for a comeback! There’s no greater illustration of this than Good Friday. On the Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, it seemed all was lost. But it’s not over until God says it’s over! The greatest spiritual victory in history was won on the heels of its seemingly greatest defeat. All was lost, but not for long. Three days after His crucifixion, Jesus walked out of His tomb. And as a redeemed child of God, that same power lives in you today. ‘If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.’ (Romans 8:11 NKJV) In God’s Kingdom failure is never final. Not if you believe in the resurrection! You won’t win every spiritual battle, but the war has been decisively won. The victory was sealed two thousand years ago when Jesus broke the seal of His tomb. It was the death blow to death itself. Paul writes, ‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.’ (Romans 8:37 NKJV) Today you are more than a conqueror (in all these things) because of what Christ accomplished for you. Yes, you’ll experience setbacks. But remember this: without a crucifixion there can be no resurrection. So when you have a setback, don’t take a step back, because God is preparing your comeback.
SoulFood: 2 Sam 3:22–7:17, Lk 7:1–10, Ps 109:16–31, Prov 18:1–3
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023