Monday, March 9, 2009

Notes of Devotion - Cathy Bryant

Victorious Living

by Cathy Bryant

I prayed as he walked into the batter's box. "Please, Lord, just this once, let him at least hit the ball." All season long, he'd been in a slump, not able to make contact.

Whack! The sound of the bat as it connected with the ball let me know it was a solid hit. He ran the bases with all the energy and speed he could muster - first base, second base; he rounded third base on his way home, the cheers from the bleachers blending with my own cries of jubilation.

I ran to the dugout, and he met me there, his face aglow with a smile that could light the entire East Coast.

So what if it was only T-ball? It was a victorious moment, and one I'll never forget.

Did you know that's how God wants us to live? Not just some of the time, but all the time? As Christians, the victory has already been won for us.

As pilgrims in a world that is not our home, it's so easy to be defeated and walk around with burdens and downcast faces. We're all prone to it. When we allow that to happen, we give the world a negative impression of what it means to be a Christian.

"With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies." (Psalm 60:12, NIV)

If we give in to defeat, then Satan wins. In order to keep that from happening, we need to first of all remember who the enemy is. His name is Satan, and he's a liar and thief (John 8:44; 10:10). We may want to label our circumstances or other people as the enemy, but you can be sure that Satan is at the bottom of it.

Next we need to realize that God has already won the victory (I Corinthians 15:57). Christ has completed the work that leads to victory.

Last of all, we should remember that as believers we belong to God. He's already accomplished what we couldn't do by reconciling us to Himself through the blood of Jesus, making us co-heirs with Christ.

I don't know where you are in your spiritual journey. You may just be stepping up to the plate. You may have already made contact. You may be rounding the bases even now. No matter where you are, remember the victory that is ours in Christ. Every step we take leads us closer to home!

Dear Lord and Savior, Thank You for being the Author and Finisher of our faith. Thanks for being our Champion, our Victor, for securing for us the kind of life we could never secure on our own. Make us aware of Satan’s schemes. Thank You for the promise in Your Word that says if we resist him, he will flee. We’re grateful that we belong to You. That thought brings such peace and joy. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Cathy Bryant © 2009

Cathy Bryant lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse (complete with a front porch and white picket fence) with one amazing husband, two temperamental cats, and a garden full of flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies (not to mention the giant mosquitoes!). She is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, and the daughter of her prayers. A teacher by profession, Cathy currently teaches private voice and piano, and serves as a church organist. She is also following a lifelong dream of being a writer, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

1 comment:

LuAnn said...

A truly lovely prayer, Cathy.
We, too, live in a 100-year-old house. It's one of the originals in this little city.