Victor Not Victim

PASTOR JUSTIN WERVEN | NEW LIFE BEULAH CAMPUS PASTOR

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Phil was that quiet kid in church who kept to himself. What most people didn’t know was that there was a lot going on behind the scenes in his life. One night during his 3rd grade year, he lay awake in bed listening to his parents fight in the family room below. A few months later he stood in the family room as his father kissed him on the forehead, turned, and walked out the door and out of their lives. 

Years later, Phil was kicked out of Bible college after only 3 semesters- for failing chapel. Though he had no money and no connections, he had a dream. He took his artistic talents and love for Saturday morning cartoons and set out in 1992 to create a kids’ show that he would want to watch with his kids.

It would be something that had sincerity, but not too much. It would combine elements, as he put it, of David Letterman and Mother Theresa. And somehow, quite unexpectedly, Phil Vischer’s creation of “Veggie Tales” became not only the best-selling Christian direct-to-video series in history, but ultimately the best-selling direct-to-video series of any kind, with more than 40 million videos sold. 

I grew up on VeggieTales and even my kids watched it when they were little. It’s amazing considering what Phil Vischer went through to achieve what he did. So many obstacles, yet he persevered and became a victor not a victim of his circumstances. 

Romans 8:37 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” The Greek compound word “more than conquerors” appears only here in the entire New Testament. The two parts of the word are broken down first meaning “Over, Above” and second meaning “Victors, Conquerors”. Paul is saying rather than being “victims” or your suffering and circumstances in a sinful world, Christians are “over and above victors” or “super victors.” 

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Rather than barely getting by in life’s difficult circumstances, Christ’s followers are “overwhelming conquerors.” That’s because Jesus won the decisive victory for us through his death on the cross. Because of His victory, we can now have spiritual salvation and presence of the Holy Spirit living in us, empowering us to be “more than conquerors” through life’s struggles.

Repeat after me, “I am a super victor, not a victim of my circumstances!” (Repeat as necessary until it becomes a part of you). Standing on God’s Word produces a confidence of who Jesus says I am, not my circumstances.

Believing with you,

P. Justin

Beulah Campus Pastor, New Life Worship Center