Friday, March 16, 2012

"You Are Not Defeated"

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4

So many Christians live such defeated lives. They act like they are barely getting by and aren't going to make it. They are living less than the abundant life that Jesus came to give them. They are living without joy, without peace and without victory. They seem to give up so easily when trials come their way. They are constantly whining and complaining about something. They never seem to rise above any situation that they face. They live with a "give up" (defeatist) attitude.

Why is this? I believe one of the reasons is because they forget who lives in them-- the Greater One. The Great and Almighty God, the Creator of the universe lives within every born again child of God. He is the One who parts seas, who shuts the mouths of lions, who quenches the fire. When He speaks, the power of His word causes demons to tremble, mountains to be removed and what did not exist to come into being. Living within us is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. It's the same Spirit that calls things that are not as though they are. He's the same one who sees the end from the beginning and turns darkness into light- nothing can hide from Him. He and He alone has the titles-- Omnipotent (All-powerful), Omniscient (All-knowing), Omni-present (All-present).

There is never a reason for any true believer to live a defeated life. We aren't defeated. We may feel like it sometimes, the enemy may try to convince us that we are, our own hearts will try to convince us as well that we are, but we aren't. How can we be when the True and Living God abides within us? How can we be when Jesus already won the victory for us? How can we be if God is for us? There is an old hymn entitled- "Victory In Jesus". The title and words came straight from the teachings of the scriptures. We have victory in Jesus! Let me repeat myself-- we HAVE Victory in Jesus!! We aren't heading toward victory, we already have it. "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:4)

If you are one of the ones that I described earlier, get on your knees and repent for following your feelings and the accusations of the enemy. Ask God to give you the faith to believe in His victory that has been appropriated to your life. Renew your mind with God's word and keep looking to Him, the Author and Finisher of your faith, and not at the circumstances of life. For the Christian there is no defeat, even when it looks like we haven't won, even when it looks like the enemy has defeated us, that is not a true report. Everything, even when it doesn't look like we've come out on top, is a "win win" situation for us because we are going from glory to glory, and victory to victory.

Have a great day. How can the born again child of God live in defeat when the Greater One lives within us!!

For further reading:
John 10:10
Romans 8:11
Genesis 1:3
Psalm 98:1

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