A friend recently stated, “Why do we want to remember the Alamo, they lost that battle.” Having lived the first 14 years of my life in Texas, I was a little taken aback. Of course we remember those who died at the Alamo! But she had a point. Every combatant man was killed in that final stand, women and children were taken. The famous Jim Bowie was even killed in his bed as an invalid. Not a bright spot in history. However, in the month following this defeat, Sam Houston was able to rally his rebel army under the famous cry of “Remember the Alamo” and defeated General Santa Ana’s army in a battle largely credited with winning Texas’ independence. They lost the battle, but won the war.
How often do we lose battles in our lives? We let pride creep in. We give in to fear, despair, selfishness. We try to work out our salvation on our own. We forget the Lord and fall into sin. It can feel like we will never be delivered from this struggle. We all know our own inner ugliness. Paul knew this battle well:
So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:17-20, 24-25 ESV)
The battle is real, but don’t miss the victory in this passage. We are helpless to overcome our flesh and sin of our own effort, BUT thanks be to God! He has overcome, He has won the war. We can experience victory as we walk in the Spirit and not in the Flesh, because Christ has conquered sin!
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4 ESV)
Christ has done what we could not do. He has conquered sin and death, by becoming the payment required by the law and rising from the dead proving He is God. Those who have believed and have accepted this free gift of salvation can find hope in this life because of what has already been done (past tense) on our behalf.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Colossians 2:8-15 ESV)
Such powerful truths from Scripture. God has made us alive, He has forgiven our sins. He cancelled our debt. And then he triumphed over sin. In this life we will have battles. We will lose some. But we can take heart, we can be encouraged,
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4 ESV)
On a Personal Note: We are still waiting for our little son to arrive! We appreciate your prayers for continued patience as we are past the due date, and continued health for the baby! We can’t wait to introduce him to you!