Victory! - by dean Chicquette
Oddly, victory is not something for which we are fitted. Just as peculiar, victory is that state of being from which we are livened. We begin complete in Christ and His victory IS ours right now. But most of us don't like the 'now', and having predetermined it cannot be God having His way, we try, with great effort and platitudes, to wiggle off a cross we think the enemy both constructed and somehow when God wasn't looking, nailed us to it. Like worms on a hook, the more we wiggle, we hope to attract God's attention and find relief (a resurrection, but before we have really died).
I rejoice in the overpowering will of Father God on our behalf to make our unholy, independent, human efforts fail as sure as they appear. His design for you is to so reflect His person that when one looks at your life, they cannot but remember a story of the Son of God who not only was placed on a cross but thereby declared His purpose and destiny as the King of the Jews. With humility, He hung in shame. His victory was to count the shame as nothing and His obedience as everything. He won a home for your soul with His Spirit. From there all crosses are history. Just because your humility hasn't been completed does not exclude you from His total and complete victory as your humiliation.
Victory! Is Jesus.