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devotional: day 17

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I Corinthians 15 is the great resurrection chapter. Paul shows the benefits of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and one of those benefits is daily power to live in victory over sin, Satan and self. As Paul shares on the ramifications of the resurrection, he seems to be shouting out the words of verse 57. “But thanks be to God!” He is praising God, thanking God, worshipping the God of the resurrection. Our Savior faced the worst of what life could do to Him, then He died. Yet, He did not stay dead. Someone said, “Jesus borrowed a tomb because He only needed it for the weekend!” Paul shouts notes of “Hallelujah!”

Notice, “who gives us.” The way these words are written literally means, “Who keeps on giving and giving and giving to us.”

“Victory” means “overcoming power, conquering, the ability to win over someone or something, to utterly vanquish.” Through Jesus Christ and his resurrection, God keeps on giving everything you need each day to live in victory over sin, Satan, self and situations. He never runs out of ways to bring you victory.  

But, notice, the source of victory comes from only one place, “through our Lord Jesus Christ.” There is no one else who can bring you power to conquer your sin. There is no one else who can bring you the power to overcome Satan’s weapons and the world’s temptations.

Like Paul is doing, it is important that you and I never take for granted what Jesus Christ has done for us. Thank Him for this overcoming power.

Daily Do It

Take a moment to think about the following and fill in the blanks:

The sin that most often tempts me is _____________.

Satan most often attacks me when ________________.

The area I struggle with personally the most is __________________.

The situation I am facing right now that is causing me to worry is ___________________________.

The circumstance I am facing that is bringing me fear is ___________________________.


For each of these things, begin thanking God that through Jesus Christ, you have overcoming, conquering, more-than-winning power over them.

Quote of the Day

“The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.”

—R.A. Torrey