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CROSS OF CALVARY

Cross generally means ‘suffering.’ It means more than just a huge piece of wood in a church or a pendent around a neck or a bumper sticker in an automobile. The cross is the one that differentiates between the ones that are heaven bound and the ones that are not. The cross is the one that separates God’s children from the others. The cross is the one that brings victory for us. The greatest love that was ever displayed was at the ‘Cross of Calvary.’ It was on that cross, Jesus Christ laid down His life for each and every one of us. Cross not only is a symbol of suffering but it is a sign of VICTORY as well.

The ‘message of the Cross’ is the ‘power of God.’ 1 Corinthians 1: 18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” Do you need the power of God in your life? Then meditate on the cross of Calvary.

You may be in a position where you have given your heart to Jesus. Do you still need the cross? Yes. As believers, we need to crucify our flesh on the cross. Galatians 5: 24, Paul says, “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Peter said in 1 Pet 2: 11″…abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. Christ has given us the power through the Spirit of God who lives within us, to crucify the lusts of the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Christ paid the supreme sacrifice of laying down His own life so that we can live in one hundred percent victory over your flesh. Let us says with Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me”. Jesus said in Matt 10: 38,”He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me”. What is required here is a put God’s will ahead of us. It is living a completely surrendered life. Your prayer will be, “Not my will but yours Lord.” “Not my ways but yours, Lord.” Not my desire but yours, Lord.” Even though you have many desires and plans, you will be willing to lay it down. That is what is called picking up your cross and following Him daily. Those are the ones that will be called disciples. Picking our cross and walking is not a walk of defeat but is a walk of victory. Hallelujah!

What are the areas of VICTORY?

1. Victory over Sin:

God has NOT appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us (1 Thessalonians 5: 9, 10). Jesus said on the Cross, “It is finished” which means there is nothing which is incomplete for us to complete, when Jesus died for us. 1 Pet 2: 24 says ‘who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness…Rom 5: 8 says ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It is so easy to do something for someone who is good. But while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This love is ultimate. He took the penalty of our sin on Himself. He became SIN for us. Praise the Lord for the love of God was that was manifested on the Cross of Calvary.

2. Victory over sickness:

The body of Christ was nailed to the cross. His body was broken for our healing. 1 Pet 2: 24 says…by whose stripes you were healed. Is 53: 4, 5 says ‘Surely He has borne our grief And carried our sorrows…by His stripes we are healed’. Divine healing is provided in the atonement of Christ’s redeeming work on the Cross. Matt 8: 17 says, “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.” Do you need healing? Jesus wants to heal you. Claim your healing Jesus’ name because He said “Ask and you shall receive”(Matt 7: 7). He has paid it all. He took your sickness in His body. Say it out loud in faith,” I am healed by the stripes of Jesus” Soon you will see your body getting healed.

3. Victory over Satan:

Gen 3: 14, 15, “The Lord God said….He shall bruise your head… which means the Seed of woman would someday crush the serpent’s head. The Lord Jesus has trampled Satan at the Cross. Rom 16: 20 says…and the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Our victory is a continuation of Christ’s victory when He bruised the head of the serpent on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus said,” I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10: 19). Jesus said in Mk 16: 17, “In my name you shall cast out demons” Take that authority in the name of Jesus and cast the enemy out. Jesus has made you more than a conqueror. He always causes you to triumph. Hallelujah!

4. Victory over Curses:

Curses are contrary to the blessing. They stop you from receiving your promised blessing. The Bible says in Gal 3: 13, ‘Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having ‘become a curse for us’ for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus.” The Lord Jesus not only redeems us from the curse, but he brings to pass the blessing of Abraham into our lives. This was made possible because of the Cross.

Praise the LORD for the cross of Calvary! Shout your victory! You are more than a conqueror in CHRIST JESUS! Amen.

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