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1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147
Luke 5:12-16

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victor or victim?

"Who [indeed] is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" —1 John 5:5

We are victors over the world or victims of the world. Only by faith in Jesus as God will we escape being victimized. Unless we pray to the Lord, we will become the prey of the world. Either Jesus runs our lives, or we are manipulated into running our lives into the ground, even into hell. By ourselves, we are unable to protect ourselves from unscrupulous, hateful demons. Of ourselves, our lives are necessarily out of control. Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). He is our only Hope, but the only Hope we need.

Let us thank Jesus for becoming a human being, saving us, and being willing to take over our lives. He has saved us from the damning trap of supposedly doing our own thing. As we near the end of the Christmas season, let us accept our privilege of surrendering totally our lives to Him. Only in this way will we escape being victimized and have eternal life (1 Jn 5:11-13). Thank You, Jesus our Savior!

Prayer:  Father, on these last days of Christmas, do in me what You must in order to do through me what You will.

Promise:  "Jesus stretched out His hand, touched him, and said, 'I do will it. Be made clean.' And the leprosy left him immediately." —Lk 5:13

Praise:  Tired of feeling like a "poor pitiful" victim, Sarah's day of retreat turned her into feeling like a victor through Jesus.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on Hope for the Hopeless on audio AV 63-1 or video V-63.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002