A couple of weeks ago, during our monthly communion service, my Pastor said we have victory over sin. That one word started my mind spinning.
The word victorious means
Having won a victory; triumphant
And victory is defined as
An act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game or other competition
In our Christian life, we have things that can act as an enemy or opponent, because we are in a constant battle between right and wrong. Good and bad, the right emotions, and bad thoughts.
But, when we have Jesus in our hearts and God on our side, we can have victory in any battle. As I’ve already said, in a battle there are two opponents, a good one and a bad one.
Some battles we face every day is; fear vs. bravery. Everyone has a fear or something we are afraid of. It could be a minor fear, like the dark, or something major, like spiders.
According to research, there are hundreds of phobias or fears, some common are acrophobia (fear of heights, that’s me) arachnophobia (fear of spiders, that’s also me) aerophobia (fear of flying) mysophobia (fear of germs) glossophobia (fear of public speaking) and claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces) There are so many different fears that people face, and for some, it can be crippling, but we can have victory over the fear.
II Timothy 1:7 says
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
The part that stands out to me is ‘power of love and of a sound mind.’ Some of our fears might be “irrational”, but for some reason, we can’t get over them.. But God can give a sound mind to help us get through our fears.
Psalm 56:3-4 says
3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
I love those verses because it’s like a prayer and something we can say to ourselves whenever we feel our fear arising. Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. And when we trust, and not fear, we will feel brave and have victory over fear.
Another battle is worry vs. peace. Oh, the things we worry about! We may think we have little or minor things we worry about, but each small fear is a single snowflake.
Living in Wisconsin, I have watched a little snowflake turn into a foot of snow or more, and it all began with a single flake.
Each small worry builds and builds into piles of worry that consumes us. Some common worries are; our job, finances, health, personal problems, family, and the future.
According to a study done at the University of California by a professor of Psychology, about 85% of things people worry about never happen.
Let that sink in, that’s a lot, think of all the things you’ve worried about in your life so far, how much actually happened?
Matthew 6 is a part of Jesus’ sermon on the Mount, and verses 25-34 are titled Do Not Worry. Jesus talks about the things that we may worry about, such as food and clothing, verses 25-27 says
“25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
We will gain absolutely nothing by worrying, and better yet, God knows our needs, so we don’t have to worry
Verses 31-32, 34
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
We make it way too easy to worry because fighting it takes energy and work, and we don’t want to do that. But it is worth it.
Proverbs 12:25 says
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.
We can have victory over fear, all we need to do is trust God in all things and know He will provide. A couple of months ago, I wrote about being Overcomers, how we can have the power to overcome anything through Christ, but we are also victorious.
We have victory over fear, worry, sin, death, and our number one enemy…Satan.
I Peter 5:8 says
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Satan does not want us to have victory over these things, he wants us to fail, he wants us to be anything but victorious.
So, we must be vigilant, and aware.
1 John 4:4 tells us we can overcome
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
I Corinthians 15:57 says we can have victory
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We can be victorious in all things, all we have to do is fight the battle with God on our side, and we will have victory.
Last Weeks Posts:
Monday Devotional – Blindsided
Wednesday’s Post – My Battle with Anxiety – And how I won
Friday’s Gratitude Journal Prompt – What brings you Genuine Joy?