We all want victory. I don’t know anyone who is happy about losing or being defeated.
However, the truth is that if we are living at all, we will have experienced times of loss and defeat. Does that mean we are not victorious?
I believe that although we may have times of defeat, we can still have a victorious life where the rhythm of our life is victorious and where the theme or banner over our life is victory.
We can live in such a way that our heart is not discouraged from a single defeat, but is courageous knowing victory is measured over a lifetime, not over one day.
Michael Clarke has retired as Australian cricket captain at the end of one of Australia’s biggest Ashes losses. Yet Michael should be remembered as a great cricket captain, for his triple century in 2012, his 161 with a fractured shoulder, his century after the death of Hughes. He is not to be remembered for a single loss, but for many victories.
How do we keep our heart victorious in the face of defeat?
Here are some keys:
1. Remember the wins of the past.
Think about what God has accomplished in and through your life to date. Psalm 103:2 says it like this, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
One of the traps of time is that the further we get away from the work we saw God do, the more we are tempted to make it not such a big deal or even worse give ourselves the credit, rather than God’s provision and divine help.
It is important that we remember what God has done for us if we are going to walk in continued victory.
2. Win the private battles.
To have victory in public, we need to win some battles in our own soul and spirit. This is the hardest battlefield at time because it takes more courage to change ourselves than to find fault in others.
Finding fault in others only superficially gives us a sense of victory. That’s why some people gossip because it’s easier than having to look at themselves and see areas that need changing.
Maybe, it’s time to look for any rubbish that needs removing and “take out the trash.” Maybe it’s time to get off the gossip train!
3. Let God in.
Many people have a concept that God is looking for an opportunity to punish them. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is in fact actively looking for opportunities to show Himself strong in you and through you. When we are ready to win battles in our own lives, then God is ready and willing to help.
Be encouraged today, you can win in the end. Victory can be your hallmark even in the face of loss and defeat.