IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL I WIN


The words “It’s finished!” can mean different things to different people. For the student, they might mean, “I’m finally graduating!” For the Jewish leaders at the time of Jesus, these words could mean they had succeeded in killing Jesus (John 11:53). For the Roman soldiers, it could describe the death penalty they had successfully carried out (19:16–18). For the disciples, these words could mean that their hopes of the Messiah delivering them from Roman bondage were dashed (Luke 24:19–21). But when Jesus uttered, “It is finished” (John 19:30), He was declaring He had completed the work the Father gave Him to do (17:4)—to be “an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

"For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy." Hebrews 10:14 It’s satisfying to finish a job. Each month, for instance, one of my job responsibilities gets moved from one category to another, from “In Progress” to “Completed.” I love clicking that “Completed” button. But last month when I clicked it, I thought, If only I could overcome rough spots in my faith so easily! It can seem like the Christian life is always in progress, never completed.

Then I remembered Hebrews 10:14. It describes how Christ’s sacrifice redeems us totally. So in one important sense, that “completed button” has been pressed for us. Jesus’s death did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves: He made us acceptable in God’s eyes when we place our faith in Him. It is finished, as Jesus Himself said (John 19:30). Paradoxically, even though His sacrifice is complete and total, we spend the rest of our lives living into that spiritual reality—“being made holy,” as Hebrews’ author writes.

The fact that Jesus has finished something that’s still being worked out in our lives is hard to understand. When I’m struggling spiritually, it’s encouraging to remember that Jesus’s sacrifice for me—and for you—is complete . . . even if our living it out in this life is still a work in progress. Nothing can stop His intended end from being achieved eventually: being transformed into His likeness (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).

Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for us. Help us trust You as we grow into followers whose lives look more and more like Yours, knowing that You are the one who makes us complete. God is at work to make us who He intends us to be.

"For many bare false witness against Him,but their witness agreed not together.And there arose certain,and bare false witness against Him,saying......." Mk.14:56-57KJV.

Dearly beloved and friends, there are times in life,when God allows you to pass through some challenges that are set up to boost your faith and to take you to your next level.Such,may lead to an unexpected loss job, promotion etc.

It is common in places of work and even strangely and painfully amidst children of God ,for those who hate your guts to frame you up or come up with very many untrue and fantom stories that cannot be corroborated just to do you in.
Painful, as such may be, as you remain closely knit with Jesus, all will work out for your good and ultimately in your favour  in the future.(Romans 8:28;1 Corinthians 2:8).

Examples
{1.} Joesph: was framed up for refusing the immoral advance of his boss’s wife(Genesis 39:12-20). {2.} Daniel: His colleagues conspired against him because of his excellent spirit and faith in God (Daniel 6:3-4) {3.}Jesus Christ: The Jews preferred to have a treasonable fellow and a murderer  to be set free than the sinless Son of God.( Luke 23:13-25). {4.} YOU: Framed up, set up by irritant fellows just to depress and suffer you?It will work for your good (Romans 8:28)

What to do
1.Cry to the Lord to deliver you (Jeremiah 33:3)
2.Keep your focus on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
3.Ask for grace to go through (2 Cor.12:9)
4.Do not revenge, allow God (Romans 12:19)

Blessing is majorly a result of revelation. A revelation of what to do, how to do them and with whom to do them? You see, if you could perfectly understand or get answers to these questions above, you will be very much greater than you can ever think. Although, the most important of these questions is with whom do you want to get the riches. Permit me, the best way to walk straight into blessing is through Jesus Christ. His mercy, wisdom, knowledge, faith, and power will grant us favour in all ways and make us proper most assuredly.

“…but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. Luke 15:29-31.

The story of the other young lad in this story fully matched the reality that many children of God are living in right now. There is a great level of abundance that they can tap into that is made available for them, but because they lacked revelation and wisdom; they didn’t think it belonged to them and they have refused to use it or demand for it. The other boy though he lavished his inheritance, he had the revelation that Yes, this property belonged to me in as much as it belonged to his father, he demanded for it.

Of course the father did not have any problem in him demanding for his rights, he willingly gave it to him without rebuke. But the mistake was that, he thought that because he is blessed he is independent. Meanwhile, no matter how much we have received from God, our independent from him is death and is impossible. In him we live and find our being.

Don’t just keep sitting there musing over those that have been blessed, the blessing is also at your backyard; you just need to tap into it by seeking the required revelation that brings it to reality and getting more acquainted with your father-the possessor. You can be blessed only if you decide to, don’t be challenged again by others blessings. The lord wanted to bless you too if you know just how to go about it. Those that ask receiveth and those that seek finds.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

Every man, woman, boy, and girl ever born, and that’ll ever be born into this world has already been “saved” by Jesus Christ. When He died, He died to save all humanity.

However, salvation is only a vital experience in the life of the one who has consciously affirmed the lordship of Jesus over his or her life. You receive salvation, or are saved, not just by believing in Jesus, but by taking the further step of affirming His lordship.

Read our opening scripture again and notice that it didn’t say, "if thou shall cry and ask God to save you, you shall be saved." The Bible way to receive salvation isn’t by your tears or good works. Salvation is a gift from God: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). The Bible tells us about a Roman centurion named Cornelius. He was a devout and generous man; yet he wasn’t saved (Acts 10:2).

One day, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "...Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved" (Acts 11:13-14). Salvation is a gift received by the affirmation of the right words. Once you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess with your mouth that He’s Lord over your life, instantly, you become a child of God; eternal life is imparted to your spirit. It’s an extraordinary miracle!

The world needs to know that it’s not difficult at all to receive salvation; it’s no use trying fruitlessly to atone for your sins or impress God with your “good works.” It makes no difference that you’re the nicest or meekest person around; you can’t trust in your good deeds to save you. There’s a definite act required for salvation: it’s the confession of the Lordship of Jesus, believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead.

Romans 10:6-10
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:) (7) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) (8) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Hebrews 13:5-6
Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Jesus alone is the only to God and all the wonderful things of life including the revelation of how things was, is, and is to come. Accept Jesus today and he will restructure your life for the best. Jesus loves you.

Prayer Points
1.Father,thank You for counting me worthy to suffer for righteousness sake.I need grace.
2.Father, You see,hear,feel and know the threatenings of the wicked,don't keep silent now,arise and fight for me(Ps.3:1-3).
3.Father,let everything,and I mean everything work together for my good.(Rom.8:28).
4.Father,let all Your children who are sowing in tears right now,reap in joy and have dominion.
5.Dear Father, I thank you for the efficacy of your Word in my life. I’m one with the Father, therefore I’m one with divinity. Health, wealth, prosperity, life, and success are my daily experience. I live in the fullness of the blessings of the glorious Gospel of Christ. I’m an overcomer, because greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

References
1. Our Daily Bread Devotional [ In Progress or Completed]
2.Daily Dose Devotional [Get Blessed And Stopped Being Challenged]
3. Family Menu Devotional [ You Got Framed Up]
4. Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional [ The Basics Of Salvation ]