How to… Be Victorious

Let’s first be clear that victory ultimately belongs to the Lord. Throughout the Old Testament, we see numerous examples of victories brought by God to those who honor Him. And for every Christian, ultimate victory – the victory over sin, death and the devil – came through Christ alone. We already have that victory.

Victory within our individual lives comes from inside and shows outwardly in how we live our lives. Once we have ultimate victory through Christ and the freedom that comes with it, how do we then live victorious lives? How can we live lives that make being a Christian attractive? (Titus 2:10)

Victory isn’t necessarily about winning the race or game, but it does involve running “in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24). In other words, it involves running your best race. (See the story of Oscar Pistorius for a wonderful modern-day example of this.)

Victory is actually defined as winning the mastery in battle over odds or difficulties. With this perspective, let’s look at some of the elements that better enable us to be victorious from the inside in

a way that is lived on the outside.

Persistence: Simply refuse to give up. (Romans 2:7)

Knowledge: Don’t be handicapped by ignorance when you can help it. (Proverbs 2:10-11)

Wisdom: There’s a big difference between knowledge alone and knowledge with understanding.  (Proverbs 4:7)

Growth: Never underestimate the power of incremental growth over time. (2 Peter 3:18)

Action: Pray, make a decision, and move forward. (Proverbs 16:9)

In the coming weeks, we will look at each of these elements using the context of a health journey I took over the past 2 ½ years. My hope is that the elements involved in my journey to victory in this area will become tools others use to find their own path to victory.

One caveat. Please know that I fully believe that real, lasting victory in any area is only possible through God’s Holy Spirit working in and through an individual. True victory cannot be obtained by human power alone. Yet, God does ask us to step out in faith and follow the path to victory.

DISCUSSION: What are your thoughts on the elements listed above? What other elements do you feel are essential to victory? 

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18 thoughts on “How to… Be Victorious

  1. Hi Kari,
    I was thinking perhaps 1. reflection to judge how we are doing in order to make corrections, 2. gather examples to follow, and 3. Encouragement.. Might need to seek it at times or hope someone steps in and gives it. could be considered. I totally agree with the power of incremental growth.

    • Terrific thoughts! Encouragement is a big deal, for sure. I didn't have much external encouragement for so long that I forget about it sometimes. Recently, though, that has changed quite a bit. Incremental growth is key. Progressive sanctification!

  2. Kari, it's good to jump over to your place and see what's going on over here at Struggle to Victory. The last few days I've been prompted to get serious about my 2nd website and to acquire knowledge in how things work. Now I'm in know-more-and-be-wise-enough-to-apply-it mode. Good word from you today.

  3. Hi Kari, I will follow your post with great interest. I agree with all you listed and the others that were added. My love language requires positive comments to help build my self esteem. If I am working on something I need encouragement to keep persistent whether it is gaining knowledge and following through. Whether it is following God and growing in my faith or learning a new skill and then applying it all these are important. Thanks for sharing your life experiences to help all of us!

    • I think everyone needs encouragement, but some of us sure do seemed fueled by it more than others. Something I have been trying to do is to be more encouraging myself assuming that it will bring more encouragement into my life as well, and it is working. God has given us so many avenues to know His love, including encouragement and all else that has been listed here. We are all learning & growing together. That's how God meant for it to happen. No one is an island.

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