Morning everyone! It’s Josh here and I am excited to deliver today’s devotion on a recent song by Crowder. ‘My Victory’ was released earlier this year as part of their ‘American Prodigal’ album. I first heard this song through another music website, so when I took the time to listen to it and really meditate on the lyrics, I couldn’t stop singing it for the rest of the day. This song is all about the victory that Jesus has over sin and death. It is also our victory because he has defeated our sin for us! We can be victorious through what Jesus has done through His amazing love for us!
Let’s get into today’s devotion.
“You came for criminals and every pharisee, You came for hypocrites, even one like me, You carried sin and shame the guilt of every man, the weight of all I’ve done nailed into Your hands…” These lyrics from the opening verse are such an amazing reminder of how much God loves us. Jesus came to earth as a man, to pay for the sins of all humanity. All of us are sinners and have fallen short of God’s glory no matter who we or what we have done. (Romans 3:23). No one is worthy to receive God’s salvation. That is why salvation is a gift, we will never be good enough to earn it, so God gives it to us as a gift, through His sacrifice. We deserve the punishment of death for our sins. We don’t deserve salvation by any means! Yet Jesus carried our sin, shame and guilt upon Himself. We are His beloved children whom he loves so much and He doesn’t want us to have to suffer for our sins. All our sins- past, present and future were put upon Jesus on the cross, He bore each and every one of them. Each day, we must take the time to repent from our sins and remind ourselves of the cross where our debt was payed in full!
Romans 5:8- “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
1 Peter 2:24- “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
“Oh, Your love bled for me oh, Your blood in crimson streams oh, Your death is hell’s defeat, a cross meant to kill is my victory…” Jesus went through unbearable pain on the cross for us. He shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. When we take communion, we are reminded of this through the wine or juice. What Jesus went through on the cross was all for us, so that we may have life. Our sin means we are destined for eternal condemnation. But Jesus’ death changes this. When we trust in what Jesus has done for us, we no longer face this condemnation and hell no longer has a grip on us. Rather, we can seek eternity with God and look forward to eternal life which is in store for us. Hell no longer has power over us as God’s people. Hell is defeated by His death just as our sin is also put to death. The punishment of crucifixion was reserved for the worst of criminals during Roman times. Jesus was completely innocent and had done no wrong, yet He went to the cross as the perfect substitute for our sins. The cross was a ruthless form of execution. Although it was horrible, it was the cross that enabled victory over sin. It was our victory through Christ’s work.
Matthew 26:28- “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”.
1 Corinthians 15:57- “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
“Oh, Your amazing grace, I’ve seen and tasted it…”. These words from the verse immediately after the first chorus, are all about experiencing God’s amazing grace for ourselves. We have the ability to come to God and have a personal relationship with Him. He already knows us by name and we are His children, but He wants us to know Him as our personal Lord and Saviour. To have a personal relationship with God is to know and experience the joy of God’s grace for yourself! To have the assurance that Jesus has payed it all and to be covered fully by His grace means we can can live our lives in response to what He has done. I pray we can be reminded of God’s grace towards us and experience it afresh. We have nothing to fear if we are in Jesus. Like I said earlier, we are covered by His grace and there is nothing that can ever change that. “Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me”, just as the song ‘Amazing Grace’ says.
Ephesians 2:8- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”.
“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away our sin, who takes away our sin, the holy Lamb of God, makes us alive again, makes us alive again…” Through what Jesus has done on the cross, He is the only one who is worthy to take aways our sins. The Lord keeps no record of our wrong, but rather Jesus came to earth as the Lamb of God, as God’s son to clear our sinful record for good. Because of Jesus, we are also given new life! When we come to Him in faith and repentance, we are given a new life that is focused on Christ, rather than focusing on our sin and wrongdoing. We are set free by His death and resurrection and the chains of sin that once held us down are no longer when Jesus deals with our sin. We are made alive, truly alive because of what Jesus has done,
John 1:29-“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”!
Ephesians 2:4-5-But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Because of His death and resurrection, we can have victory through Christ! It is not through any of our own efforts that we can be victorious over our sin, but only through what Christ has done. We can be sure that we are more than Conquerers because we have been covered by His grace, which will never run out! I thank you Lord for your victory over sin and death and your great love for us, which means we don’t have to pay the price for our sin. May we be reminded daily of you have achieved for us so that we may have life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I pray you have been encouraged by today’s devotion,
Josh- The Faith Filled Friends