Victory always ultimately belongs to the Lord. Throughout the Old Testament, we see numerous examples of victories brought by God to those who honor Him. 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.
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. (Proverbs 2:10-11)
- Wisdom: Add understanding to any knowledge if you want to have wisdom. (Proverbs 4:7)
- Growth: Never underestimate the power of incremental growth (i.e., small steps) over time. (2 Peter 3:18)
- Action: Pray, make a decision, and move forward. (Proverbs 16:9)
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.