Gifts Of Reality And Victory

January 29, 2019
by Isabel Allison

John 3:17 – For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)

One day when I was little, I found, as the surprise in my popcorn box, a tiny pair of scissors. But how horrible! They would not open. They just sat there in the palm of my hand, a senseless, one-piece thing of cast metal. I felt put-down and disgusted.

One Christmas after I had become an adult, I opened a gift and found a neat little pair of scissors — real scissors that opened and closed and cut beautifully! The gracious and suitable gift removed from me the vexation of the former fake. Jesus had shown me that He remembered and cared to providentially ordain His goodness to me.

I continue to use the real scissors with a sense of victory.

A great sense of victory is ours as we receive the real gifts that Jesus came into the world to give us: His love, His forgiveness of our sins, His joy, His Holy Spirit, His guidance for a life that makes sense, and moreover, His assurance of life forever. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16 NIV).

Prayer: Thank You for victory in Jesus and for assurance of Your everlasting love. And thank You for Your Word, the Bible, that continually assures us that we can be overcomers in Yourself, now and forever. Amen.

           Victory in Jesus

    I heard an old, old story,
    How a Saviour came from glory,
    How He gave his life on Calvary
    To save a wretch like me;
    I heard about His groaning,
    Of His precious blood's atoning.
    Then I repented of my sins
    And won the victory.

    Refrain:
    O victory in Jesus,
    My Saviour, forever.
    He sought me and bought me
    With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him
    And all my love is due Him.
    He plunged me to victory,
    Beneath the cleansing flood.

    I heard about a mansion
    He has built for us in glory.
    And I heard about the streets of gold
    Beyond the crystal sea;
    About the angels singing,
    And about the old redemption story,
    And some sweet day I'll sing up there
    The song of victory.
           – E.M. Bartlett ©Integrated Copyright Group, Inc.

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Isabel Allison <allisonisabel@mymts.net>
Roland, Manitoba, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Isabel.


    Such a great song! And reminder of our victory in Jesus! Thanks.


    Hi Isabel,
    Thank you for your devotional today.


    Indeed, victory is ours in Him!!
    Thanks for a good word today Isabel.
    Blessings.


    Beautiful!!! and wow Isabel, that is an old hymn!! Amazing His love and sacrifice for us.
    God bless.


    Hello Isabel,
    Thank you for this devotional. A good reminder for us to be grateful and appreciate the many gifts from our loving God.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Good Morning Isabel,
    The song “Victory in Jesus” was not part of my life until we moved to a small town in rural Central Texas. It is a favorite of our pastor here and when we have our worship service at the nursing home near our church, it is always sung. Now, I will think of you and your story when we sing it.


    Dear Isabel,
    I appreciated your writing so much on “victory.” Just believing in the victory over the world, in Christ is amazing. But, add to that all the grace victories. To know that regardless of whether I have problems or not, I have victory because Jesus Christ earned that victory is almost more than I can comprehend. Thank you for sharing the hymn of my childhood. Precious is His name.


    Dear Isabel, thank you for sharing an old, old hymn in your devotion today!
    In our church, we seldom sing about the “old, old story”, but how I love those traditional, old hymns! While there is room for new hymn books, in my opinion, the tried and true hymns need to be sung, too.
    Keep up the blessed work!
    (Ontario)


    Good day Isabel,
    Enjoyed your devotional today about the victory we believers have in Jesus. Unlike those disappointing popcorn scissors you received, Hebrews 4:12 tells us God’s Word is quick, and powerful, and “sharper” than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Thank you for writing.


    Thank you for sharing the song.
    My husband’s favorite.
    This is our journey outlined.
    We sang it at his memorial service.

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