As we begin the practice of living victoriously regardless of our circumstances, we turn our thoughts toward small, everyday victories. You may not realize that there are small, seemingly irrelevant victories that occur in our lives each day. For some of our sisters here in the group, small victories may include things like getting dressed, making the bed or washing a load of laundry. For others, a small victory may look more like adding an extra mile to her morning run, finishing a final chapter of a book project or conquering her public speaking event without the jitters. Victory looks different for each of us.
The important thing is to recognize the good things that happen each day (victories), great or small. Each of these things are a gift from God. Each of us have our own cross to carry and our burdens may look different, but for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, we can come together to pray for one another and in our faith, we find likeness.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
To be “strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” means to find strength in Christ through the holy spirit, which is within us. We find strength enough to make our way through the darkness because Christ within us gives us victory. We know this. He promises it and shows us time and time again in the Bible when He comes to the aide of those who are in need. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith“, oh sisters, our faith is the foundation on which we build our house. If we have no faith, our homes cannot stand. Where is your foundation today? Are you instantly defeated when you come to a fork in the road? When Christ dwells in our hearts, we stand firm, for we know that He will come to our aide.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
We find our victory not in the things of the world, but through our Lord Jesus Christ. Where do you run when things are difficult? Do you look to others to solve your problems? 1 Corinthians tells us that we find VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our sustenance. He gives us victory over sin and fear loses its power, just as Christ had victory over death. Yes, he atoned for us at the cross, conquering death so that we might live.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
The Lord admonishes us to be strong, recognizing the power of his might. Only through the supernatural strength of activated faith can we find victory over defeat. In any kind of battle, the weak are defeated. If our faith is weak, so too shall we be defeated.
While we are focusing on the Light of Christ this week, let us also focus on the true meaning of God’s word and the power the scriptures hold to give us strength to carry on, regardless of our circumstance.
Lord, I give you all that I have and all that I am. I dedicate my life to you and because my trust is in you alone, I know that I am victorious in all things. I pray that you will make me a glorious reflection of your victory over sin and death and that my heart is so in tune with your presence that I defeat the enemy and live victoriously in all things. Amen.