Living in victory
Defeated - or victorious?
Why do we walk around as Christians saying we are in victory - and the
enemy is defeated? If that is so which I do believe but just cant get
my head around - then why do we wage warfare against a defeated foe?
Surely if you are defeated - well then you are defeated? I've been a
Christian for 7 years and I am battling with the hassles that seem to
come solely because you are a Christian and especially - for instance
- if you have brought a "word" or something from the Lord - the
resulting intimidation is quite awful, is'nt it?
Colossians Chapter 1 tells us that the victory Jesus won on the cross
WAS complete. We are merely working through and waiting for the final
outcome to appear in history. Scripture often sees things as fully
completed from a heavenly vantage point.
We lay hold of the eternal truths of the Bible by faith.
"May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious
might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the
Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the
saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we
have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the
invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things
were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether
thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities --all things
were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and
in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the
church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in
everything he might be pre-eminent. For in him all the fulness of
God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself
all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood
of his cross. And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind,
doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his
"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and
through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to
death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient
for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's
word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight
of God we speak in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:4-17)
In adding, I wanted to add a real life example so
that it might perhaps help you get your hands around this question.
In World War II, when the Allied troops landed on Normandy establishing a
beachhead there and then moving into Europe, this was the decisive
battle/event that won the war in Europe for the Allied command. There were
still battles to be fought, but the outcome of the war was certain once the
allies landed on French soil and started moving inland step by step toward
God, I feel, leaves these battles for us to fight so that we grow and mature
in Christ gradually becoming more and more like Him. In addition as we go
through these battles we begin to rely less and less on ourselves and more
and more on Him to bring the victories, because we realize more and more
that in ourselves alone we are incapable.