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ConqueredbyLove
Sep 30th 2008, 12:18 AM
Arise, Mighty Conqueror!


~And He went forth conquering, and to conquer~


Arise, oh most mighty Conqueror! For the time has come. Darkness covers the earth and darkness covers many hearts.

Oh, dear Jesus! How we need You to arise, conquer and prevail, for a climate of fear spreads throughout the land. Evil prevails in many lands and people.

The battle has already been won by You, our conquering King! Arise, and take Your rightful place for, it is written, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly”! Thank you, our kind, King! How we look for that day!

You conquered through the cross, for it says, ~You quickened us together with You, having forgiven us all , and You blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to Your cross ~ You ~ spoiled principalities and powers making a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it~ (Your cross). You conquered by shedding your precious life-blood on that cruel cross for us. God died for you, dear reader, God died for me.

It looked, on that darkest of days, as if You had been conquered.

But then, three days later You broke the power of death, and arose from the grave! Gross darkness had covered the land but then You shattered the darkness with the greatest Light by rising from the dead! You are that great Light, dear Jesus. And You will never be extinguished again!

Oh! Look up, dear child of God! For when ~He (Jesus) ascended up on high, he led captivity captive~

The chains that have us bound were shattered when You, oh our beloved Conqueror, rose from the dead. Whether chains of sin, shame, guilt or fear, You shattered those chains, dear Jesus!

You took the enemies of our soul, whatever has us bound, and you captured them in your triumphal procession when You rose from the dead. For, we know, that when a general won a victory, he would go through the land with those who he had defeated, captured and in chains behind his chariot, to make a public display and to show the world that he had won the victory. You have already won the victory, our dear Jesus! Help us to appropriate Your victory for us by trusting You for it.

Arise, oh most mighty Conqueror! It is time for You to take Your rightful place of victory in Your Church. Quicken us, dear LORD! Quicken us to pray, not resting until we see Your beauty and glory in the Church, again! Amen.


Mighty to Save by Hillsong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR8rlTIU8_Y&feature=related

Mercy4Me
Sep 30th 2008, 11:40 PM
This is another excellent devotional, CbL...it brings to mind the words of this beautiful hymn, one of my favorites:

Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise,
Into Thy native skies;
Assume Thy right;
And where in many a fold
The clouds are backward rolled
Pass through those gates of gold,
And reign in light!

Victor o’er death and hell!
Cherubic legions swell!
Thy radiant train;
Praises all heaven inspire;
Each angel sweeps his lyre.
And waves his wings of fire—
Thou Lamb once slain!

Enter, incarnate God!
No feet but Thine have trod
The serpent down:
Blow the full trumpets blow!
Wider your portals throw!
Savior triumphant, go
And take Thy crown!

Lion of Judah! Hail!
And let Thy Name prevail
From age to age;
Lord of the rolling years,
Claim for Thine own the spheres,
For Thou hast bought with tears
Thy heritage!

And then was heard afar
Star answering to star—
“Lo! these have come
Followers of Him Who gave
His life their lives to save;
And now their palms they wave,
Brought safely home.”


--Matthew Bridges, 1848