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V is for ... VICTORY!

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57

The year was 1941 and war in Europe was escalating. Victory and freedom had become the watchwords in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The BBC joined the cause on radio, issuing their rallying cry—V for Victory. Before long Vs were being chalked on walls throughout the continent. By summer Britain’s Prime Minister Churchill had flashed worldwide his infamous Victory hand sign, forerunner of the peace sign of the 1960s. Morse Code transmitters worked a V into their communications—3 dots and a dash—by chance the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth, which the BBC quickly adopted as their call sign. The Allies were in this together.    

Unfortunately, the depths of unholy hell would persist on the battlefields of France, Germany, and North Africa for four long years, until 1945, before the cry for victory would be a reality. Praise God, the Allies won.

Praise God too, Jesus won the war on Calvary. While conflicts persist worldwide over principles and for territories, the battle for eternity need never be rejoined: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). One might even say the rallying call of the Christian is the Cross: C is for the Cross, whereupon Christ conquered evil.

Meanwhile that pesky old satan continues to buffet, picking his battles as he chooses. He has figured out this is a life or death proposition. While there’s not a thing he can do to take life from we who know Jesus—not a thing—he can deter abundance, and he can slow progress in godliness. (Get thee behind me you wily coyote. Be gone.) Moreover, what’s scary, he can rob those, who do not know Jesus, from life.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, ladies. Introduce your friends to Him. Don’t let satan get in the way. C is for Christ crucified; curtains to you Lucifer—God’s mission is complete! This one thing prevails: V is for Victory.

Nancy P

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