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Can you handle the victory?

April 12, 2006

John 17:1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Glory! What a request! Honor, recognition, fame, fortune, wealth, power, respect, praise and homage are but a few thoughts that come to mind when trying to envision what it means to be wrapped in Glory! Glory is in our estimation, a place in life that is visibly wonderful and clearly desirable. Glory as we understand has NO downside. Jesus asks his father to glorify him for the hour had come!

What makes this request so awfully strange, is that Jesus made it just hours before he would taste death in the garden of Gethsemane, endure the mockery and injustice of the so called trail and finally cruelly left to waste away on the cross. This decision of Jesus to lay down his life was the hour he said had come AND in THIS VERY HOUR, would be his greatest glory . . . given and received.

This WAS an emotionally and psychologically excruciating ordeal that to all reason appeared to be a crushing failure . . . . anything but glorious! Jesus was lonely and alone has he hung naked, misunderstood, backstabbed, betrayed, battered, bloodied and bruised. How in the name of all that is reasonable, could this be in any way glorious?I'm not going to pretend to know THE answer, but I will share what I am in the process of learning and that is what seems to be, isn't always what is!!! A faithful follower of Jesus will find their greatest glory in the furnace of affliction. The unpleasant circumstances of our lives are the very moments God uses to glorify himself. When we quietly and faithfully leave ---the injustices, rumors, gossip, slander and trashing of our names that injure us; then endure the added insult of seeing the prosperty enjoyed by the very ones who cause our hurt and their completely getting away with it---to His time and perfect judgment, we are THEN giving Him glory. It is in those moments of apparent defeat, that we experience victory. . . . though rarely if ever felt or noticed!

Question is, can we handle it? Can we handle the victory?1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Lord, please help all of us who are needing courage to live victoriously right now in the very face of apparent failure. We desire to be accepted of you!

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