But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, in 2020 the Royal Canadian Mint brought back the Victory 5-cent coin design, re-creating it on a $2 commemorative circulation coin. Enhanced with selective colour, the reverse pays tribute to the Victory 5-cent coin designed by Thomas Shingles (“T.S.”). On the inner core, a blue “V” for Victory is overlaid with a torch topped by orange and yellow flames. The Canadian victory emblem is flanked by maple leaves, and the double dates “1945” and “2020.”
Most followers of Christ genuinely want to live a life that honours the Lord and avoids regret. Once the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us, we are empowered to live in such a way that we continually testify to the transformational power of Jesus in our lives. The challenge is that we live in a world that is far from the perfect creation that God intended. We are faced with temptation every day, a tug to yield to passions, attitudes and actions that are so unlike Jesus. Paul the apostle understood this. In Romans 7 he would speak about doing the very thing he hated himself for doing. But Paul also understood that God’s desire is for His children, us, to live in victory every day. It is not normal for God’s people to continually fall into sin. By the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives we are empowered for a life of holiness and purity. That is why Paul was able to write, in 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Keep your eyes on Jesus today and walk in victory.
These have been words from the heart.