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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 4, 2013 - Victory and Faith

By Josephine E. Turnbull

Victory is a wonderful word; we love the sound of it. It means overcoming opposing forces. It means conquering enemies. God inspire us anew in believing that His victory, His triumph in this world world is certain! From the beginning of the Bible to the end is a record of conflict, of Satan and his agents in opposition to God and His people; but there is clear teaching that God's victory shall be final. In His divine and unalterable decree, He hath set His King upon His holy hill of Zion (Psalm 2:6).

But for victory in life now as well there is precious provision, and we, the children of God, may know it by experience. Listen to Jesus speaking in John 16:33 — "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (KJV).

Jesus gained the victory over Satan for us! He speaks of two realms: "In me," and "In the world." Jesus knew that between His followers and the world there was the keenest antagonism. It still exists. Jesus came to deliver out of the power of the world all who would receive His deliverance, by faith and absolute surrender to Him.

How much does that victory include? Not only victory in death in that we can go to the grave without fear and in confidence that resurrection is coming; but this victory which God gives us through our Lord Jesus Christ is victory now in life over sin, the world, self and the devil.

Let us speak about the human side of victory as we find it taught in the Word of God. Consider 1 John 5:4 — "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

"Even our faith!" There must be definite, active faith in the triumph of our Christ, a faith that lays hold upon and claims His victory over Satan. If you have merely a mental, passive faith which assents to scriptural statements, do not for anything give it up; keep it clear from all modern teaching that denies the deity of Christ, His atoning blood, and the lost condition of man. But there must be active, determined faith that accepts and continually counts on what Jesus Christ the Lord offers us.

"This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." It is a faith which actually counts upon the victory of Jesus Christ. We take the overcoming position in Christ according to the Word of God. It accepts the truth. The blood of Christ stands for the victory He won by His death and resurrection, and when in conflict we plead the Blood, we plead the victory which Jesus won for us over the enemy.

— Adapted from "Victory and Faith" by Josephine E. Turnbull, originally published in the August 24, 1946, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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