Delivered by the Dayspring

Dayspring

“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has… raised up a horn of salvation for us… to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear… The Dayspring from on high has visited us…” (Luke 1:68a, 69a, 74, 78b, NKJV).

When Zechariah’s tongue was finally loosed again after nine months of non-elective silence, exuberant praise and spontaneous prophecy burst forth from His lips. Holy Spirit rose up in his spirit and God’s own exultant rejoicing spilled forth from within him. Daddy God was exploding with joy, announcing the glorious news of His Son’s birth, along with all of its staggering implications.

One of the extraordinary gifts His coming provided was victory over our enemies. Delivered from their hands, we are now free to serve Him without fear. Before Jesus’ coming, the devil was still wielding usurped authority on the earth. Jesus’ arrival that first Christmas signaled his utter defeat and our absolute triumph.

Are you feeling victorious today? That is actually a trick question, because victory is not necessarily a feeling. You may or may not feel like you have the victory in any given moment, but the truth is that you always do. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ…” (2 Cor. 2:14, NIV) See that always? God cannot lie. Always is always. We as Christians are always victorious, whether we are aware of it, or not.

Jesus subjected all the hosts of darkness to crushing defeat and humiliation on the cross. When He uttered the words, “It is finished,” thundering, devastating terror shot through the very core of every demon in existence. The physical earthquake that transpired reflected the unspeakably powerful reverberations that shook both the heavenly and earthly realms, so utterly magnificent was His triumph.

And then, brimming over with the ecstasy of His passion, He exultantly presented us with His trophy. He gave us His victory. Gave it to us. Made us joint heirs, just like that. His triumph is genuinely, wholly, permanently ours.

“Winning,” then, is not based on how well you do in battle. It’s based on how well He already did. It’s based on the fact that you already have been gifted with the overwhelmingly decisive victory our Savior won that day.

In spite of this, we all have plenty of days when we feel very much the opposite of victorious. Maybe it’s that weakness you’ve been struggling with. Maybe you lost your temper again. Maybe your eyes got the best of you and you watched the whole vile program instead of turning it off immediately. Or maybe you’re struggling to even get out of bed in the morning.

Guess what. If you belong to Jesus, you are still one hundred percent victorious, even in those moments. It’s not your performance that makes it so; it’s His supreme, glorious, uncontestable, eternal triumph that does. His victory is written on your debtor’s bill. It’s already paid for.

Now, we don’t want to make that a reason to get complacent about our weaknesses. His victory also means that there is POWER available for us to overcome every besetting temptation. Every single one. More and more, we lovers of Jesus are increasingly learning to walk out His victory, to live in it. Meanwhile, refuse to be discouraged by your imperfect progress. It does not, for even a split second, mean that you are not winning. Winning is already a done deal!

Beloved one, the Dayspring has come to us from on high. You don’t need to be afraid. No matter how dark of a night you have been struggling through, the morning will come. Take heart, dear child of God. Serve Him without fear. You have already been delivered from the hand of your enemies!

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In what ways have you already seen the deliverance of the Dayspring, in struggles that you used to have?

 

8 thoughts on “Delivered by the Dayspring

  1. In times past, though I would read the Word, pray and talk to the Father each morning, then enter the day with many burdens and fears. Today and for sometime, I can open my eyes rejoicing in the Lord, entering into my time with Jesus and look forward to that which He has prepared. Struggles continue but VICTORY is always present. Amen. len w

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  2. Lord, strengthen us to follow you into each battle. For the battle is yours, it is already won as we trust you through it. Victory is always there in Christ for our choosing. Let us not choose our weakness and offer up a foothold to our enemy. Fill us with your Holy Spirt. Thanks for your word — thanks Father for Jesus the living Word.

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  3. I’m glad that you included a note about the danger of complacency. Too many people within my home church are complacent, thinking that all they have to do is show up for a one-hour service once per week. They are satisfied with a bare minimum of spiritual involvement in their lives.

    As you well know, the victory is ours because we see there is more to a valid, vibrant Christian life than that. It is a 24/7 lifestyle choice requiring us to actively embrace and engage that power from above that you wrote about so well. The power cleanses and frees us to WANT TO spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

    May God bless your efforts, my sister friend. And thank you for giving me the idea for a post of my own, based on your thoughts about Resurrected Hope a few days ago.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mike! I receive that blessing gratefully 🙂 AMEN to a lifestyle choice! Jesus is so altogether lovely, if they only knew how sublime His presence and His heart are, they wouldn’t want anything less, would they!! This must be why Paul prayed for the churches to have the eyes of their hearts opened by the Holy Spirit — that they might perceive His indescribable worth!

      I’m so glad my post sparked an idea for you. You’ll have to let me know which post of yours it is. By the way, how is your mom?

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  4. I called it, simply enough, “Resurrected Hope,” and I hope you like it.

    Thank you for asking about my mother. We’ve had her out of the hospital for a week now, and in the last day or so, she has seemed a bit stronger. Now that the anniversary of my father’s death has come and gone, hopefully she will continue an upward trend. One big sign that she’s getting better is that she is starting to, um, “forget” some of the doctor’s instructions. No stubbornness in my family, none at all! 🙂

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    1. I did indeed. Thank you so much for your kind comments about my blog, too. I am grateful 🙂

      No stubbornness eh 😉 I’m glad she seems to be doing better. Praying right now for continuing healing and strengthening for her.

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