We are always told about having victory in Christ. But for many of us, life is far from victorious. What does that even mean, living a life of victory in Christ? We’re supposed to overcome, aren’t we? We’re supposed to rise above hardships, sickness, poverty, loneliness, addictions and obstacles of any kind. We’re supposed to graduate into some kind of abundant life, but somehow, we’re still stuck at the beginning. Some of us are still figuring out we need victory!
I think many of us believe that having victory in Christ means all of our problems go away. Maybe we’re not naive enough to believe they’ll disappear into thin air, but we expect them to be removed from our lives, if we just have enough faith. If we pray hard enough, God will give us what we want.
Like a genie in a bottle, we expect God to grant our wishes, all good things that are bound to bring him glory, of course. When we have victory and start seeing some blessings, then we can finally say we’re living the abundant life. But victory seems elusive and the abundant life a fairytale for the weak who need to give their life meaning and some illusion of hope.
I mean, God’s Word is truth, right?
So, truth : The Bible says Jesus came so we could be free, so we have life in abundance.
Truth : God’s Word repeatedly claims victory over our enemies and troubles in this world in Christ.
Truth : God’s Word say we can ask for anything in his name and it will be given to us so as to bring glory to the Father.
But these statements don’t feel very true for us. We’ve prayed the magical prayers, believed with all our hearts like little children waiting for Santa to bring our gifts, and like Santa has disappointed every one of us at some point in time, we have been let down by God.
We shoot him a nasty word or two, blame him for all our failures or huff away in disbelief, and decide that God’s Word and all this Christianity mumbo jumbo is bogus.
Yet we hear of miracles in other people’s lives every day. We hear emotional testimonies of those who’ve walked in faith and come through fire truly victorious. We see people dedicate their lives to Jesus and this lifestyle and think, there’s got to be something to this.
We wonder why it “works” for others, but not for us.
Feeling rejected, we harden our hearts and begin to believe the lie that this life of faith is simply a crutch for those too weak to navigate life. Victory is in being strong enough to overcome hardship, not wishing for a miracle. We dismiss the whisper of hope and move our efforts to more productive goals, like earning a promotion, or starving ourselves and mutilating our bodies so we can look like….everyone else. When these obsessions fail to satisfy us we think, there’s gotta be more. That whisper of hope makes its way to hearts and we suddenly have this insane feeling that we’re at a fork in the road.
“What road?” we ask ourselves. We already tried the whole Christian thing and it didn’t work. Why would this even be a choice?
Someone needs to hear this today – It’s no accident you feel that whisper in your heart. God loves you and will pursue you to the ends of the earth. He is your Father. You feel lost, but he’s been right there all the time, whispering for you to come to him. He wants you to accept your place as his son or daughter and feel the safety and peace of his love. He wants to you to live the life of love and joy that he created you for.
Please don’t stake the reality of your Father on the acquisition of material things in world. Don’t assume he doesn’t exist based on the presence of darkness that has infected this world.
Let me ask you something. Did your earthly parents give you everything you asked for as a child? Did they fix every problem you had?
No. Because not everything we want is good for us, and neither is doing everything for us. We wouldn’t learn or grow that way. It would ruin us.
When I was little, I read books like The Boxcar Children and Little House on the Prairie. I desperately longed for lives like they had, full of excitement and adventure. I wanted to get lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere and have to renovate some cave or decrepit cabin. I wanted to search for food and create everything from scratch and make my own way in the wilderness. I may have been a crazy kid, but this was a genuine fantasy of mine. I can’t remember if I actually asked my parents to leave me stranded somewhere at any point, but I hoped they would (sounding crazier by the second, I know) with my whole heart. I prayed for it. If I asked would they have given this desire to me? Heck to the NO! Why? Because it would have been catastrophic, and likely would have killed me! Could I understand that at seven years old? No, all I could see was myself and my wants, and the allure of independence and adventure.
See as children, we truly believe we are the center of the universe. We believe it’s all about us. We are selfish by nature. It isn’t until we begin to mature with proper guidance from loving parents that we begin to see the world outside of ourselves. Our parents job is show us how to respect ourselves, respect others and put the needs of others over our own. They guide us and help develop our gifts and talents so that when we are grown, we can impact the world in a positive way.
It is the same way with our Father God. He wants to give us good gifts, but he’s not going to grant our every wish. His thoughts, his ways are higher than ours, what we truly believe will lead to victory and the abundant life may be the very thing that lead us to destruction. He’s not going to put us on a path that will bring us harm or pull us away from him.
Like children being prepared for life on our own, good things are given to us as we trust and obey, as we mature and see more in life than just ourselves, and as we build a relationship with our earthly guides, our parents. The abundant life is not about getting what we want. Getting what we want is a natural by-product when our hearts become aligned with our Fathers. How do we do that? Exactly the same way we do with our earthly parents.
By building a relationship with our loving Father. (Prayer)
By listening to his Word.
By trusting and obeying.
By learning to put others ahead of ourselves.
As we do this, our desires shift. What we want becomes less about us and more about Him. Our talents begin to emerge and he develops them, preparing us for our next steps, in this life and the next. And our Father not only provides all of our needs for the journey, he rewards us in abundance when we follow his guidance.
What do these provisions and rewards look like? Sometimes they look exactly like what we wanted to begin with, we were just too immature to receive them (Case in point, my life is now truly an adventurous saga of survival). Usually, they are so much more than anything we could have imagined.
Victory in this world may look like success and monetary promotion, instant healing, or the perfect relationship. But Victory in Christ might be living for a whole new dream, conquering one step of faith at a time, and realizing day after day that you haven’t just overcome a fear of the water, you’re walking on it! It might not look like another step up a rickety ladder, but instead an adventurous hike up a beautiful mountain. A life full of excitement and joy, finally feeling peace, a calming of the soul that can only come with the ability to trust without reservation. You will live in love – not lust or desire or a desperate attempt to stifle loneliness. True love, poured into your soul by your Father, overflowing generously from your heart, and consequently flowing right back to you.
I could go on and on about all that you will receive and conquer in, but you can find out for yourself in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Victory in Christ. (a.k.a the Bible)
The promises are real. And they are for YOU. They are not magical words to grant wishes, they are the way to a powerful life of victory over all that makes your heart ache.
If you want it, take it. Listen to the whispers. It’s your Father calling you home. Go home. Let his Spirit guide you and he will pour blessings into your life that your mind can’t even imagine.
If you want this life, and you’re not sure what to do, private message me, I would love to talk to you. Or maybe you just have questions. I’m no Bible scholar, but I can point you in the right direction. I started this blog not just to voice my opinion, but to create community and friendship. Never feel afraid to ask questions.
Don’t ignore the whisper!!