There are times when we all feel defeated and discouraged, and need to pray for victory in our lives. Sometimes, life is just hard. We can easily become overwhelmed by the stresses in life.
Have you ever felt like you were running on a spiritual treadmill, constantly striving and working hard, but never feeling like you were going anywhere?
We can easily get bogged down by the pressures of life.
In those moments, we can cry out to God for victory.
What is Victory?
The dictionary defines victory as “the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist, achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties” (source).
Through the death and resurrection of Christ, we already have the ultimate victory over sin and death.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Praise God for the victory we have through Christ!
The only thing is, sometimes we lose sight of the victory we already have.
Sometimes we don’t feel very victorious at all.
In fact, even the apostle Paul, who wrote of the victory we have in Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 also wrote these words in Romans 7:18-19,
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Does that sound familiar? Are there times when you want to do what is right, but it seems like you end up doing the opposite of that?
Losing our tempers.
Thinking negative thoughts.
Getting caught up in addictive behaviors.
Sometimes it seems like we walk in spiritual defeat and still need the Power of Christ to help us gain victory over the daily battles in life. Paul said it best when he said,
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
There is a reason the old hymn says,
“I need thee every hour.”
We have victory through Jesus to overcome the daily struggles in our lives, and we can daily call out to God in prayer to help us walk in victory.
Walking in Spiritual Victory
In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat experienced a powerful victory. All was well within his kingdom until he received a troubling message that his enemies were coming to make war with him (2 Chronicles 20:1).
But despite the alarming news, Jehoshaphat didn’t panic.
He sought the Lord to help him in his great time of need.
Within his prayer he proclaimed the truth of God’s mighty power.
“You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one else can withstand you” (vs.6).
His prayer and proclamation of God’s sovereignty gave him the right perspective regarding his situation.
He knew where to fix his eyes.
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (vs. 12).
This perspective gave Jehoshaphat the courage to take his position against his enemies.
He stood firm on the solid promises of God’s deliverance.
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you” (vs. 17).
With renewed perspective on God’s promise of victory, Jehoshaphat praised the Lord.
He remembered that his God is BIGGER than any army he would ever face. Jehoshaphat appointed the Levites to sing as he and the people of Judah went into battle.
He used worship as his weapon of mass destruction.
They worshiped the Lord in the splendor of his holiness (vs. 21).
How to Gain Spiritual Victory Through Worship
Then the unthinkable happened. As they worshiped, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies. One by one the enemies turned on one another and destroyed themselves!
When Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah arrived at the battlefield, the war was already over—the victory was already theirs!
All that was left for the people of God to do was collect the plunder from their defeated enemies.
This story reveals a very important truth:
Worship is warfare.
When you are suited up for battle with a song in your heart and praise on your lips, you hold a lethal weapon against your enemy.
No weapon forged against you will prevail (Isaiah 54:17).
When we are faced with adversity and need the victory of Christ, we can follow the example of Jehoshaphat and implement the secret weapon to spiritual victory:
The 7 P’s of Spiritual Victory
1. Pray—talk to God about your circumstance.
2. Proclaim the truth of God’s Word and the truth of who God is.
3. Gain clear perspective—keep your eyes fixed on God. He’s bigger than your situation.
4. Ponder the promises of God’s deliverance—he will never fail.
5. Praise the Lord with everything in you!
6. Take the plunder—receive the provision of the Lord
7. Live in peace—enjoy rest and security from the Lord.
Implement these things, and see the tactics of the enemy come to a reeling halt.
We have complete victory through Jesus!
If you are currently living in a low valley or difficult season, worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Turn your pain into a valley of praise.
Put on some worship music, and go to the battlefield.
Put on your gleaming armor, and fight with the weapon of worship.
Put on your garments of praise, and your burdens will be lifted.
And when you get there, you’ll that find your adversaries have already been defeated.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
In what areas of your life do you need more victory?
Remember that through Christ, we already have the victory to defeat anything in life that comes our way.
Call out to God in prayer, ask him to give you the strength to overcome!
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