“Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, . . .” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Victory is a wonderful word. It is an even better experience. I find it very encouraging that the Bible repeatedly reminds us that victory is ours through Christ. I find it less encouraging that it is NEVER automatic. Still, any of us can have victory over any sin and any issue in our life. Here are five ways we can enjoy the victory that God offers us in Christ.
Victory comes through PRAYING.
“This poor man cried,” David said, “and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalms 34:6)
Victory comes through STAYING.
Staying in the Word, that is! “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:1-2, 11)
Victory comes through SLAYING.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth.” “Reckon ye yourselves also to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Colossians 3:5a; Romans 6:11)
Victory comes through WEIGHING.
Think clearly regarding the options and outcomes of sin. Weigh them carefully and choose wisely. “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Victory comes through SAYING.
Speak the truth to yourself, to God, and to others. “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Joseph said when Potipher’s wife tried to seduce him. Speaking the truth was undoubtedly one of the keys to his victory.
Victory is NEVER automatic, but “thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ . . . .”
Thanks for reading,
Your sincere friend,
2 thoughts on “Victory is NEVER Automatic”
Thanks! Great way to start the day thinking about the Victory that is before us in prayer, Bible reading, meditation, slaying the desires of the flesh, weighing our decisions against God’s Word, and being truthful in our communication.
Praying for you and your family brother!
Thanks for the prayers.