Victim vs. Victor (Part 1)

In every circumstance, you will ALWAYS have a choice to either embrace the positive or embrace the negative.

The victim will always embrace the negative, and try to create something out of it, such as a reason or an excuse. He clings to a disadvantage. But the victor clings to an advantage.

And this is our advantage…

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
Romans 8:37 (AMP)

Surpassing victory! What does a surpassing victory look like? It means that it was easy! There was no competition. You look at the scoreboard and it says, “Home: 50, Enemy: 3.” You are MORE THAN a conqueror! That means you don’t just win by the skin of your teeth, or by a hair. It means you crush the opposition and win every time! Is it a battle? Yes, it’s a battle! There will be many battles in your life, but the victory has already been won for you! You have the victory, and it’s because of one reason… Him Who loved you.

It’s because of Jesus, and what He did! It’s not in your own self or by your own merit. He is the advantage that we cling to. It’s because of Him that you have a position of victory. Victory is not the end or conclusion of an event, it is a position that you choose to hold and maintain, saying, “I will not be moved from this position. This is my position and I will to hold on to it!”

If you take a look at John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you these things so that in Me, you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world, you have tribulation and trial and distress and frustration…” As you can see, the victim and the victor have the same circumstance. They have the same adversity going against them.“…But be of good cheer, be confident, certain, undaunted, for I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of its power to harm you and have conquered it for you.”

This is the position of victory that Jesus has given us, and it’s not His fault if we don’t occupy it. It is only our fault if we choose not to maintain what He has already given us.

Now, don’t get me wrong; there will be some conflict in our lives. Why? Because we’re Christians living in the world. But we are not part of this world’s system, thus producing a conflict of interests. Anyone who is living under the jurisdiction of the world and its system will not take to us kindly. There’s going to be some friction, and that’s fine. We can’t be afraid of conflict, and there’s no reason we should be afraid of conflict. There might even be conflict with our own past (which is under the Blood of Jesus!) Whatever kind of conflict it is, we need to meet it head on with our victor’s mentality!

Change the way you think! Where you set your mind is where your life will go. Remember, living like a victor starts with thinking like a victor.

You choose…victim or victor?

To be continued…