FOREVER TRIUMPHANT, Day 12—Lenten Devotionals
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13
This passage, often quoted, does not mean that we become super-heroes with super powers. In one sense, Superman is never victorious because His super powers make him impervious to suffering. If we have learned anything at all about Jesus, it is that His victory comes by walking through the Valley of Death, not by flying over it. The kind of victory that we seek in Christ is not one that we can win on our own strength, not because we do not have super powers, but because we tend to think that we do. In his suffering and death, Jesus places us in a real relationship with God, one that places all of Heaven at our service, not to avoid difficulty, but to overcome it. Bear this in mind as you read my grandfather’s words.
FJ HUEGEL: The trouble lies in the fact that not all believers realize what their judicial standing is in Christ. They are not possessing their possessions. They are not exercising their rights. They are not cashing their checks. The deposit of spiritual riches is in Christ at the believer’s disposal in the bank of Heaven. They are not actuated by a bold faith which, refusing to take into account the unworthiness of the creature, casts itself upon the mercy of God in Christ and makes copious demands upon the bank of Heaven. They are wont (used) to measure their moral and spiritual capacity by their own ability and effort, giving Christ a place, of course, but yet a scanty one. They have not yet learned to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” They have not realized that the natural is of no avail in this great conflict with evil.
PRAYER: Dear God,
I want to draw on every resource that You have given me in your Son, Jesus Christ. I want to possess the spiritual possessions, to cash the checks, to make “copious” demands on the bank of Heaven. I want to do this not to make my life comfortable but to make the Victory of Good over evil complete in my life. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.