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Topic: Great (07/06/06)
TITLE: The Great Victory
By Brenda Bates
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When I became a Christian I realized that my life was under great scrutiny. Some of my family and close friends analyzed the words I used in my everyday conversations. They waited and watched for me to make mistakes. They observed how I would react to conflict resolution and diplomacy. Some of my family members even had bets on how I would react to certain situations based on my strengths and weaknesses.
I had just been through spiritual boot camp so I was not yet prepared for this battle, and I certainly wasn’t equipped for the war. At times I wasn’t sure who the enemy was. On different occasions, the adversary would take on a new face, a familiar face, and sometimes a very innocent face. I was often surprised to find the enemy dressed like my husband, child, or pastor. It seemed as though I couldn’t let my guard down for one second in fear of letting myself down or letting Him down.
Each day turned into a journey, a personal quest to prove that I was truly dedicated and worthy of being one of Jesus’ disciples. I started each day with my road map (the Bible) in one hand and a canteen (the Living Water) in the other. I wasn’t sure if the two would be enough but it became the greatest weapons I possessed. Jesus didn’t promise that life would be easy in His service, but He did promise that He would never leave my side. That same promise became my war cry.
Once on the battlefield, I discovered that my greatness victory could not be measured by being defensive. I had to face the adversary straight on and learn to see the obstacles as a blessing to better my relationship with Christ. I learned to lean on Him for strength, and in some cases stand behind Him during my greatest struggles. I learned to be patient and loving, while witnessing to others, instead of arrogant and self-righteous.
And most important, I learned that greatness is not measured by the number of people I can personally win over for Christ; greatness is measured by how humbly I serve others in order to glorify Christ.
The war is not won by my efforts alone, it was won through the great victory that has already taken place on Calvary’s cross.
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