WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
As a good friend of mine says, “it’s winning Wednesday”!
I have to say, I really like that saying because we were created to win. We were created to live in VICTORY! I heard a pastor say, “we are to live from victory, not strive for victory” and that is so true and when we realize victory is ours, that it’s our birthright, we will no longer live to try and achieve victory instead we wake up knowing that victory is ours; victory over lust, victory over lying, cheating, stealing, victory over depression, anxiety and fear, victory over every kind of addiction, and not limited to these things. See victory is ours, because victory is His.
Jesus says in
John 16:33, “in this life you will face trials of many kinds. But take heart because I have overcome the world”
1 Corinthians 15:56-57 says, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
See when we have given our lives to JESUS we inherit the victory He has achieved for us. So “we no longer strive for victory, we live from victory”. This is so encouraging to me and I hope that encourages you too! You are victorious - just keep your eyes on Jesus today and win on this “winning Wednesday”!
Today I want to show you in scripture one of the ways that Jesus tells us to live a victorious life and its found in Luke 11.
33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
So men let’s make sure we are guarding our eyes, being mindful of what we allow to have our attention. Jesus created you to walk in victory, so don’t allow the enemy to steal it. Today keep your eyes focused on the author and perfecter of your faith. Make sure your attention is on Him today!
Jesus is telling us here, that one of the ways we walk in victory every single day of our lives is to be careful with what we look at, to guard our eyes. And the fact of the matter is this, the enemy is constantly trying to tempt us men with all sorts of things we see. Everywhere we look there are things trying to tempt us; billboards, magazines, facebook posts, instagram feeds. We go through everyday, all day, seeing things that are trying to bring darkness into our lives. And Jesus is warning us that if we allow these things to catch our attention we will allow darkness to penetrate our hearts.
1 John 1 says that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. So walk in the light as He is in the light.