Be Victors Not Victims
I am reminded today that we are not victims, but victors in Christ. This seems like such a simple exchange, but I am aware that we live in a broken and sin filled world. Many of us have felt the effects of sinful behaviour and physical harm done to us. We may have inadvertently caused harm to others and now feel the pain of guilt as we walk cautiously.
The enemy often uses our past as a giant anchor to keep us from our future in Christ. However, it is not possible for anything to keep us from the purposes of God for our lives. The reality for all who have Christ as their saviour is that we are already more than conquerors.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us – Romans 8:37
Even though some people may see you as the fly in their ointment, God sees you as the victorious finished article. God does not threaten to leave you when you feel weak, powerless or abandon you in your time of need.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6.
Instead, God gently leads us and makes a way where there is no way, so that we can walk in the reality of victory, rather than the lie which keeps us feeling like victims. His light shines on the path for you to see the way forward and God empowers you to boldly take each step.
Just as He opened up a way for the children of Israel in their despair. They were not asked to wade into the raging waters, but Moses turned to God, who made a way, which they could see it clearly and cross on dry land to the other side.
Often our trial is not the issue, it’s our attitude to the trial that makes all the difference. A victim will see a trial and ask ‘why me? A victor will see the trial and ask ‘where this trial is leading and what should I be learning?’
Our trials could be bringing us to what has been promised for us. We do not need to pray that our trials disappear, but to ask God to change us to be more like Him and that we may grow stronger within our trial.
We must remember we are not more than conquerors because of what we’ve done, it’s because of what God has done through Jesus Christ for us.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57.
He won the victory and handed it to us. God has plans for us to step into that victory and He is not looking for an excuse to destroy us, as some may feel. God wants us to enjoy an eternal relationship with Him.
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. – 1 Thessalonians 5:9,10.
The victory which Christ brought about was born out of Gods love for us. Nothing can stop God’s loving plan for us, not even our own foolish actions, because nothing can separate us from His love for us and that’s part of His great plan.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38,39.
God’s plan for us has always been that we should be victors not victims and more than conquerors, because of His great love for us. Praise God that we can never be separated from this great love or His great plan. We are victorious in Him.