2. Success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle.
3. The state of having triumphed.
Our family was nestled in bed on the pull out couch and other pieces of furniture downstairs (Yes all five of us) when I received a text from my sweet sister. She woke up from her nap (she works in the medical field) to go and cover another shift , and she said that God gave her a word as she was waking up – the Spirit was talking to her. She went from FREEDOM to VICTORY!
I had the privilege of going to bed with that word in my mind and woke up this morning singing Victory in Jesus! My Savior forever! She truly has ministered to me. Can you relate to praying with someone over a situation in which victory has not been seen, but we claim it before the miracle? Oh how this powerfully ministered to me.
If you look at the definition of victory and apply it to what we have been talking about isn’t it amazing that one word can have many meanings? God back and read that definition again over your situation and claim victory!
I believe God has His own dictionary. Victory in Jesus is past tense and present tense continuous at the same time. Jesus won the Victory over death and the enemy over 2000 years ago, and He literally holds the keys to death in His possession. It is finished. Yet, we are continuously facing battles (that technically He has already defeated for us in His name) and fighting as warriors in a battle against the enemy daily. God has given us His Word, prayer, a body of believers, His Son Jesus, the Spirit to equip us for battle. The victory comes when we give up our will and live unto God’s will for us. Some of the decisions we make are obvious. We know what is right and wrong, and we know when we are choosing wrong. Other times it’s a faith decision in which we will not see the fullness of His will until we act in obedience. (I have a post called Get Your feet Wet that covers this faith step).
Does a warrior spend one day a week, or once a month preparing for battle? NO! Daily, all day long, warriors mentally, physically, and spiritually prepare. Oh sweet friends, how many times do we hear this and know it to be true, yet do not act upon it? Any warrior knows that Victory comes only in the discipline of preparing for the battle.
At one point in my discussion with my friend we claimed that Jesus holds the keys to Hades. He literally died on the cross on Friday, went down to hell and grabbed those keys (I bet with a smile on His face), and on Sunday – sweet Sunday – rose from the grave conquering death. THAT IS VICTORY. CAMP THERE FOR AWHILE.
I have a visualization for us. When the enemy, who is crafty and clever, tries to imprison us with lies imagine Jesus looking at you with the keys in His hands saying, “Child (or put your name there), I have the keys to that, and there is no way I will allow the enemy to open this prison and put you there. I got you covered with the blood from my death, and the victory of my Resurrection! I have the keys!”
Oh Glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just got goose bumps typing that! Jesus thank you! Help me Jesus to not snatch the keys from your hand! We can’t really do this Lord, but in our soul we do this because we are confused and hurt. Jesus help us to WALK IN VICTORY (PRESENT CONTINUOUS) ……..
What does that look like?
When others are acting mean we set boundaries, but claim love and kindness.
When disaster strikes financially, emotionally, physically we acknowledge the pain and talk about it, but we also walk in Victory that Jesus will provide, heal, and bless us in the wrestling.
When failure or mistakes occur we acknowledge them, talk about it with a trusted Christian friend, but we ask Jesus to reveal Himself and show us how to move forward.
I would love to hear some of your Whens………………
I LOVE YOU CHRISTIAN FRIENDS! VICTORY IS OURS! GET READY FOR THE BATTLE! I’m considering my new praise claim over situations: Situation, visualization of Jesus with keys, saying out loud: Victory in Jesus!
The Armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-18)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Love the words all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests in verse 18.