salvation is something we can never achieve on our own. it is all grace. it is also impossible to live a victorious life on our own. Christ is the author of it. and, unless we cease thinking that we can do things by our own strength, we will continue to fail miserably.
Jesus always triumphed over sin, temptation, evil, everything of the world, and death. when we align ourselves with this triumph— in other words, by becoming His “captives” through everyday obedience, consistently and honestly applying His word to our whole life, adjusting our needs, priorities, attitudes, thoughts, behavior, and emotions toward it, overcoming our feebleness, and acquiring God’s perspective in all things, we don’t just become victorious in our journey, we actually become Christ’s victory… Christ’s trophy.
“my Lord Jesus, thanks for this reminder. i pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, i may always have the will and strength to do good and care for others in gentle kindness, mercy, and truth. please, take away all that could lead to wickedness in my thought, behavior, and speech. as i constantly receive Your love and grace freely, may i also pass on that love and blessing to those around me. amen.”