The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 12 October 2021 – Victory At Last!
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TOPIC: Victory At Last!
READ: Revelation 11:15 – 19b (NKJV)
- Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become [the kingdoms] of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
- And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,
- saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
- The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
- Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
The hope of everyone who partakes in any competition or task is to finish successfully and be declared victorious. The struggle for the control of the world system has been an ongoing one even as at Jesus’ time (Matthew 4:8).
The revelation in verse 15 should be an encouragement to all believers. It is an assurance that if we endure to the end, we shall reign with Him forever. We can observe here that God is supreme; the assurance of His supremacy should always guide our actions especially in times of temptations and difficulties when the pressure to give up on God builds up so fiercely. Such assurance made Jesus to endure the cross and its shame (Hebrews 12:1, 2). There is always a place of honour for him who endures to the end. Ignorance of this truth can significantly influence so many actions and reactions.
Many have taken short cut measures to actualise a project or achieve a thing but many times, these yield no meaningful results. Despite His powers and position as the Son of God, when the devil tempted Him, Jesus did not seek outlets to avoid the sufferings and death ahead of Him. Doing so could have had serious negative consequences on the salvation of mankind. We must get it right and look forward to the final victory which will come with reward. Do not give up.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant me grace to be victorious at last. Amen.