I’ve been thinking about victory, and the definition is:
–noun, plural -ries.
1. a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war.
2. an engagement ending in such triumph: American victories in the Pacific were won at great cost.
3. the ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest: The new vaccine effected a victory over poliomyelitis.
Victory is winning a battle – and a battle is:
1. a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing military forces: the battle of Waterloo.
2. participation in such hostile encounters or engagements: wounds received in battle.
3. a fight between two persons or animals
: ordering a trial by battle to settle the
As I’ve been thinking about this, I’ve come to one outstanding thought: If victory is winning a battle, and battle is a hostile encounter, than victory won’t come when we are passive. We must aggressively swarm the battlefield – and we must wear our armor and bring our weapons. Victory isn’t going to come while we “sleep it off”. Now, if there is something in your life the Lord is guiding you to wait on, be patient and wait on Him! But if the Lord is calling you to battle, equip yourself my friend, and fight!
This currently applies to the battle with depression that I’ve fought in my own life. It usually sneaks up on me as the need for more rest. I usually think nothing of it, as I stay pretty busy, so I spend a day or two getting extra rest, then soon I want to sleep all the time. By the time I’ve realized that this isn’t just a need for some extra rest, I’ve let a couple weeks pass me by. As I realized that victory comes as a result of a battle, I realized I MUST battle. I must fight back – I cannot wait to “sleep if off” – that is giving the enemy the victory he’s fighting for. I must seek Christ, and the victory He offers me.
I think this applies to raising children, managing a home, having integrity in the workplace, maintaining friendships, and building lasting relationships. Taking on these battles and claiming victory means we will work harder, more often, for longer hours, but it will be worth it. We will be honoring God as we seek His vision for victory in our lives, we will be growing more like Christ as we accept the call to fight such battles, and we have the opportunity to learn to rely on God for our protection, strength, provision, and victory.
What are you battling? What steps toward victory are you taking?