“I feel thorns where my crown was, I’ll be weak but I’m alive. From the dust until dawn yeah, I’ll survive cause I got sweet victory. Nobody can take it from me, sweet victory. Cause I got, sweet victory, yeah.”
These lyrics are from a song by a Christian artist, Trip Lee, called “Sweet Victory.” He wrote this song to share his testimony of how, for the past 7 years, he has been dealing with many health issues, such as a really bad limp in one of his legs and many other problems. He has experienced many people treating him like he’s just some pop star with nothing wrong in his life, but he’s just like everyone else, dealing with his own struggles. Even in all his struggles, he still has that sweet victory because Jesus Christ has won it for him by dying on the cross and coming for him, even now in his suffering.
Lately, I have been dealing with my own struggles as well. I’ve been chasing after things and hopes and relationships I think I need to be happy. They seem good and wonderful from the outside, but really I’m just searching for things I hope will satisfy the deepest needs of my heart. Each day is a battle with the enemy, with lies and fears racing around in my head. For too long he’s had me so focused on those things, I forgot the One person Who matters most in my life, my Heavenly Father.
The other day, when I was in one of my weakest moments, my God came for me and he told me how much he missed me. Just hearing those words hit me hard, and man did I realize how much I have missed him too! He is the only one Who can satisfy the deepest needs of my heart. He is the only one who can show me the depth of love that I need and desire. He is the only one who can bring me sweet victory. (song below)
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one- for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one- for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow- not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.