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Victory:

One finds the word “victory” sixteen times in the Bible. The focus of the army soldier is doing what is necessary to achieve victory over one’s foe. All believers who think like a soldier rather than a civilian have a similar outlook: Achieving victory is the Lord’s desire for us, not only in the next life but in this life too. One of my favorate verses is I John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” An observer sees two lifestyles here in America and also in the scriptures: Success and failure. One is an overcoming lifestyle where one has learned how to walk the victorious life. And one is a lifestyle where failure and weakness seem to be more often the outcome. Unfortunately you find those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ living out both lifestyles. Why is this the case? Well, the above scripture verse gives us the clue as to the reason. One believer knows what the Lord says about him and looks with biblical faith to the promises of God and to the power of prayer in the Name of God. The other believer looks at his circumstance, not really understanding the importance of relying on God’s Word and God’s Promises, and can get into fear and doubt when things don’t seem to be going his way. Such a believer relies on his natural capabilities and rarely looks to our supernatural tools. To achieve victory in this life one must fight his foe (the world, the flesh and the devil) with supernatural tools not the natural ones that the world relies on. No matter where one is at in this life he can become an overcomer by begining to look more earnestly to scripture and to God for results. Revelation 12:11 tells us we overcome “by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.” So, our testimony must be what is said in Romans 8:37 about those who believe: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” A real biblical understanding of faith is vital to our outcomes in this life.