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Celebration of Victory. Living In Abundance Jn. 10:10b. Mar. 2015

The Bible in Rom. 8:37 says ‘Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’. There is a popular song we sing which says “We are victorious, yes we are victorious, glory be to God who has given us victory”. Before the believer goes into any battle victory is already guaranteed in Jesus. To celebrate means to show that a day or an event is important by doing something special on it; to remember it or to commemorate it. When God has given us victory over the enemy; over situations and circumstances; over plans of the evil forces of darkness, how do we celebrate? When God has given us divine promotions, awesome testimonies; miracles signs and wonders that not only defy rational, scientific explanations by man and perhaps machine; when God has done the practically impossible in our lives; how do we celebrate?

Globally, when most sports teams are victorious in championships, the players and officials celebrate in noise-making and champagne popping. Should that also be the pattern to be followed by believers in celebrating victory? Should we also copy the world? My answer? Let’s search the scriptures:

In 1 Kgs 18:38-42 God gave victory to Elijah over the prophets of Baal. What did the man of God do next? He didn’t go to party. Rather he went up to the top of the mountain, cast himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees and prayed. Also in 2 Kgs 1: 9-13 after the fire of God roasted the captains of 50 and their armies; Elijah remained on top of the mountain. He didn’t go down. He didn’t go celebrating. He knew the battle was not yet over.

David’s victory over Goliath was spectacular. David didn’t go making noise in celebration. However some other people did. The women celebrated David like the world would do today. They praised him. They said Saul killed 1000 but David had killed 10,000. They were dancing all over the place. That singular action put David into trouble; big time. God gave Samson victory upon victory over the Philistines. In one case he killed 1000 men with the jaw bone of an ass. God saved him miraculously from death from thirst. (Judges 15:15-16). How did Samson celebrate victory? He went into riotous living and that sealed his faith. In Judges 16:1Samson went into the house of a harlot. That sealed his Fate.

God gave Hannah victory over bareness. 1Sam. 1:11, 20. What did she do next? She didn’t go into the frenzy of unlimited celebrations as some would do today. Rather, after weaning the child, Hannah quietly kept her vow to God by returning the special child to the house of the Lord (1Sam. 1:27-28).

When Jesus gave Peter victory over unproductive hard labour and his net broke under the weight of a multitude of fishes, he didn’t go celebrating. Rather he abandoned everything and followed Jesus (Lk. 5: 5-11).

The lame man at the beautiful gate had been lame from his mother’s womb and suddenly he had an encounter that changed his life forever. He was healed. How did he celebrate his healing? He became an evangelist; ‘And he leaping stood, and walked, and entered with into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God. As a result of this miracle and the preaching of the gospel about 5000 souls were worn to Jesus on that day (Acts 3; 1-11, 4:4).

From these examples we can easily see that God certainly expects us to celebrate our victory in him, for him and in his service. When we go about celebrating like the women did for David or like Samson did with the harlot we would obviously be asking for obvious trouble. We should instead celebrate like Elijah did after the victory over Baal and his prophets: in prayers, like Peter did after his net broke with a multitude of fishes: in total surrender and more service to the King of Kings, Like the Lame at the beautiful gate did: In testimony and evangelism ; winning souls into the Kingdom of heaven. That is a better way to celebrate our victory.

 

Happy Easter! It is surely an occasion for divine celebration that Jesus conquered death.

Please save the date: May 28, 2015 and come and worship Jesus Christ with us in “an Evening of Praise with Vine song”.

 

Remain blessed.

 

If you have not given you life to Jesus, please do so today.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

317 Woodpoint avenue

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

 

 

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 04:13pm