Day 2 – VICTORY
Written by Mark Matthews
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
Emmitt Smith, the great Dallas Cowboy and the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, defined winning this way, “For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowd roars. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.” How do you define winning in your own life?
In the Bible, Paul defined winning this way, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Our victory as a believer is not found in the type of job we have, the size house we live in, the amount of money we have in our bank account, the type of relationship we are in, the cost of the car we drive, or the achievements we can list on our resume. Our victory is found in the love that the Lord Jesus Christ has for each one of us. In Christ’s character, our victory is guaranteed and secure. That’s why Paul says, “nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So when you feel like you’ve been defeated or circumstances in your life have you knocked down, remember that you have already been promised VICTORY over whatever holds you back, through the love of Jesus Christ, who won your victory on the cross, being buried in a tomb, but on the third day breaking through every possible defeat that you could ever experience, including death!
Think about how you define winning and write down your definition on a piece of paper. What is your definition of winning based on? Victory is based on God’s character, not our achievements or efforts. If you base winning on anything other than the love of God through Jesus Christ, it will ultimately fail. Whatever situation you are facing today, claim your victory right now in Jesus’ name with the victory that He has promised and bought for you on the cross. Make the intentional choice to live in victory even as you walk through the challenges and struggles of life, knowing that you are already more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves you!
Heavenly Father, I claim your promise of victory when I feel defeated or life circumstances knock me down. I pray for a mindset that is grounded in my identity in Christ. I am more than a conqueror! In Jesus’ name, Amen.