BY PASTOR KRISTEN BOLES | NEW LIFE BISMARCK CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY PASTOR
YOU ALREADY HAVE VICTORY! You read that right, no matter what struggle or difficulty you are facing, you already have victory!
Our enemy has been defeated, but for some reason, we continue to fight as if we are waiting for God to show up and finish our enemy off, however, He already did this. So, why do we keep on fighting if the battle is finished?
The answer is simple, Satan clouds our minds with negative thoughts and our lives with difficult situations. He’s constantly picking on us because he wants us to forget what Christ has already done. Satan wants us to forget that he has already lost, and Christ is victorious!
1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The word “gives” is in the present tense, which means it is not something we have to wait for, it is something we have! This verse also shows us that it is Christ that gives the victory, it is not something we gain in our own strength! 1 Samuel 17:47 reminds us that the battle is the Lord’s! He is the one who fights for us (Exodus 14:14) and makes us the winners!
So far, we have covered that God has already made us victorious, but now I want to take you a little deeper and challenge you. So, we know that God made us victorious, but how do we walk this victory out? It is probably a really complicated long process, right? No.
This is also super simple, so simple that it’s hard for our adult brains to grasp it. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
The only way to walk this victory out is to shift our thoughts from the battle to the victory. Our thoughts are so powerful! They have the power to trap us in messy situations or set us free. We have to practice taking our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and force them to submit to the truth that is the Word of God.
I wish I could tell you that I was really good at making my thoughts align with God’s Word, but I’m not. I’m getting better all the time, but it’s a process that I have to consistently work on. I know that I have the power to defeat my negative thoughts. I have this confidence because I know that my Savior walked the earth and faced every temptation but overcame them (Hebrews 4:15)!
Jesus was fully man and fully God; however, when Jesus was walking on Earth, He never once tapped into His “God Powers.” Instead, everything He did while on earth, He did as an ordinary man, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. I don’t know about you but that sure sounds like us to me!
The Bible doesn’t say that Jesus struggled with His thought life, but I think it’s safe to assume, that if He was tempted in every way, that includes having negative thoughts. But He was victorious because He knew where His power came from. Jesus never wallowed in self-pity or got into any funks that prevented Him from fulfilling His purpose, He was laser focused and dependent upon the Holy Spirit.
If I had to give you a formula for being victorious, it would be: know who you are in Christ, know who gives you the power to overcome, take every thought captive and if it’s a lie, flip it 180 degrees, find the truth, and stand on that. We have ALREADY WON!