The Characteristics of the Victorious

Romans 8:37 – Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Have you ever played a team sport or perhaps are a fan of one?  I love football. I grew up watching football, my kids played football and I still watch football every week during the season whenever possible. If you played on a team or are a knowledgeable fan of a sport, you can quickly identify the characteristics or qualities necessary for a team to be successful.

  • They Have Unity
  • They Are Properly Equipped
  • They Have A Clear Vision
  • They Respect Their Coach
  • They Know How to Finish

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Psalm 30:4 & 5

Psalm 30:4, 5 – Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
 
This is such a great passage of scripture because it details the greatness of God’s love for His children.  First, David tells us, God’s anger “is but for a moment.”  What a great truth so easily overlooked in our world of selfishness.  While man holds grudges and seeks revenge on those who have wronged him, the God of all creation desires to show mercy, grace, and forgiveness.  While God’s anger is always justified, He does not delight in it.  He is not an angry cosmic killjoy sitting upon the throne waiting for the tiniest of offenses so He can exercise justice. If that were the case, the world would have ended long ago.  The Bible clearly teaches us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)

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The Importance of Obedience

The most important aspect of our lives, as God molds and shapes us into the purpose He has for us, is obedience.  Obedience is the foundation on which God builds us, His masterpiece.  Without obedience, we will never accomplish His will for our lives and will fall crumbled every time He challenges us to grow.  Jesus stressed the importance of obedience in our lives in Matthew chapter seven.


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God’s Masterpiece

I loved to draw when I was a kid.  I would spend hours drawing pictures and then coloring them.  I would stand before the refrigerator and gaze at the beauty of my work, believing I had created a masterpiece worthy of being displayed in the greatest art galleries of the world.  Of course, my picture of a dog frolicking in a grassy meadow looked more like a tumble weed with ears in a green swamp.  Needless to say, I laid down my crayons, colored pencils, and paintbrushes and never looked back.

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Made With Purpose

I must admit there have been times in my life where I have felt completely useless and, in many cases, worthless too. Have you ever felt that way?  Perhaps wondering why you were born or what good could possibly come from your life?  When I feel that way, I look no further than Psalm 139.  This is a great Psalm which shows us the sovereignty of God in our lives and that He has a perfect purpose for each of us.  Let’s take a look!


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