You've Got What It Takes To Live Victoriously

Before we get started, I wanted to share with you how I define a few words that I’m going to be talk about a lot so that we’re all on the same page. More may come up, but I will define those as we go along!

  • Bondage- Anything hindering a believer from the abundant life God has for her. This could be habitual sin, unfounded fears or thoughts not aligned with the truth of God’s Word, ongoing temptation in a particular area, or any scheme of the devil being manifested where he is seeking to kill, steal and destroy.

  • Deliver/deliverance- The initiative and power of God to rescue the believer from any form of bondage and redeem and restore her back to the abundant life He created her for.

  • Victory- Living in victory is when the believer has overcome areas of bondage and is living the abundant life Jesus purchased for her on the cross. Long-term, consistent victory is really a string of many little daily, (hourly) victories. Do not discount those “little” victories! They add up to be big victories.

We are on a journey of going from bondage to deliverance to victory. Bondage and defeat should not be the norm of any overcoming child of God. Defeat of a child of God in battle comes down to three reasons: 1) what we have not learned. 2) what we have not applied. 3) how we have been deceived. I’m here to help with number 1 and hopefully number 3 but number 2 is going to be totally up to you and Jesus. If you’re just starting to walk out of defeat, applying it is probably going to be hard at first, like deciding to lift weights if you’ve been laying in bed for a year. But as you continue to apply the Word of God, He’s going to start infusing His strength in you. You’ll have the spiritual muscle to keep all that you’ve worked hard to have. And little by little, those things that were once so heavy to lift will just be a part of you. Because victory is never going to happen on accident. We are swimming against the current if we’re going towards victory. If you’re serious about getting free and staying free, it’s going to take daily upfront resolve. But hear me when I say this: you have what it takes. That isn’t a catchy motivational phrase. True humility will never cause you to think less of yourself. Because the Spirit of the Living God lives in YOU. He sought YOU out and chose to take up residence in YOUR body, because He loves YOU. Since He lives in you, He’s committed to equipping you, strengthening you, and providing everything you need to live in victory! That’s why you do have what it takes. Do not cheapen in the name of humility what Jesus paid a high price to have (you!)

Before we end today, I wanted to take it a step further and show you in the greek that Jesus wants to deliver you from bondage and into abundant life. My absolute favorite greek word used in the New Testament is sozo, which is used over 100 times. The greek definition of sozo is “saved (as in eternal salvation), healed (to make one physically whole), and delivered (the initiative of God to rescue his people from the enemy, sin, and death).” Anytime the word sozo is used to describe someone’s breakthough or transformation, it is always involving one of these three components. It is the salvation of their soul, the healing of their body, and the deliverance of their spirit. For the purposes of this particular blog, we’re going to hone in on deliverance, because that is a huge component of living in victory. The first time sozo appears in Scripture is in Matthew 1:21, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, for he will save (sozo) people from their sins.” Right off the bat, we see that Jesus was sent by the Father to sozo (save, heal, and deliver). He’s still doing now what He did back then. Girlfriend, if you are in Christ, deliverance is your birthright. He already made a way on the cross and therefore did all the heavy lifting. But, you’ll need to do a ton of truth seeking, have some fearless resolve, and do a lot of hard work. I heard Christine Caine day once hat there’s no such thing as a drive-thru breakthough, and I couldn’t agree more. But, you’ve got what it takes, so let’s keep going!

Let's Lay Some Groundwork: The Victory Has Already Been Won

Okay victorious ones, if you’re reading this today, it’s because your Father is pursuing you. He’s pursuing your victory. He wants it more badly than you do and He will continue to pursue you relentlessly until you’re all He created you to be. I can never hear the reminder that He is FOR me enough. As you’ve probably heard me say, my hope and prayer with this blog is that your theology in the Word of God would become the daily, ongoing reality of your life. The Father did not send Jesus from Heaven to Earth, live a sinless life being fully man, pay the price for us on the cross and resurrect Himself from the grave so you and I would have beliefs that sound nice in the Bible or make cute coffee mugs. He came so that our actual lives would be changed. He came so that we would be able to live the abundant life He created us to have. You and I are on a journey of learning to take what became ours when we became a believers. It is as if when we gave our lives to Jesus, the Father deposited a large inheritance into our bank account, and we’re now learning what we have and withdrawing from what is already ours. But before we can make it a reality we do actually have to know the theology. So this post will be a bit theological, but knowing this is essential to it becoming our reality.

The first thing that we need to settle in our hearts is that the victory has already been won. In Christ, we fight for victory, from victory. We battle to make what already belongs to us in the spiritual realm become ours in the natural realm. So before we get into the nitty gritty of how to live in victory, I want to show you in Scripture that Jesus has already won the victory on the cross. If you know feel like you already know these Scriptures well, pause for a minute and ask Holy Spirit to do a fresh work with these words in your heart today.

  1. Because of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, the power of sin has been broken. You became a new creation when you became a Christian. “We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live [together] with Him, because we know [the self-evident truth] that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. -Romans 6:6-11

  2. Jesus has triumphed over the devil and his demons and completely disarmed them. “having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through ]the cross.” -Colossians 2:14-15

  3. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. “...The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” -1 John 3:8

  4. Jesus has made the devil ineffective, impotent, and powerless. “Therefore, since [these His] children share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same [physical nature, but without sin], so that through [experiencing] death He might make powerless (ineffective, impotent) him who had the power of death—that is, the devil— and [that He] might free all those who through [the haunting] fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives.”

Meditate on these verses over the next few days, because these are a few of the many verses that reveal that once we’ve placed our faith in Christ, we now share in His victory, which means you have every right to be free. You never have to wonder if freedom and victory are God’s will for you or not. It’s an overwhelming yes, in Jesus’ name. But if you’re like me, you might be kind of frustrated right now. You know the Word says that says these things, but it’s not what you’re experiencing. Maybe the enemy’s influence feels strong right now. We’re going to get there, but today is about laying the groundwork. I’m going to leave you with my favorite verse on victory.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” -Romans 8:38

Victory Gals, Let's Do This.

Hey friends! I’m so glad you’re here. In case you missed this on Instagram, I shared that I sensed the Lord leading me to write on the topic of victory in Christ for the next good chunk of time, until I’ve said all He’s told me to say. Who knows how long that will be, but I’m hoping for 6 months - year. I’ve known for a number of years now that writing will be a part of my calling in life, and battling for victory in Jesus has been my mess that He is turning into my message. When I was really walking through my season of warfare, the kindness and goodness of God in combination with faithfulness of His servants really provided me so much equipping and encouragement. I’ve read dozens of books, did several Bible studies, listened to every single podcast and teaching I could get my hands on, in addition to my own daily (hourly) time in the Word, which became life to my bones and light to my path. As I was discerning whether this tug on my heart to write on this was from God or not, I wondered what I could add to all the wonderful resources that are already out there. The one thing I didn’t have was a sister that was just a step or two ahead of me on the journey. Someone that had gone through what I was going through, but wasn’t so far from that time in their life that they couldn’t remember what those painful nights are really like. I wanted a sister that could talk to me over coffee, instead of from a stage, that felt like half friend and half coach.

I hope in some small way, through the blessing of the interwebs, I can be that sister to you. I haven’t forgotten the deep confusion that sets in during times of battle. I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to literally stop washing the dishes, fall on my knees, and cry out to God to help me take my thoughts captive and set me free from my tormented mind. I haven’t forgotten the nights I slept with my Bible under my pillow, in case I needed it in the middle of the night, and begging God for some truth to transfer by osmosis to my mind. I haven’t forgotten not really knowing how to explain to friends what’s going on, other than something happened, and now you’re in a daily all-out war to live in peace. I haven’t forgotten what it’s like waking up to be with God at 5:15, because you might actually fall apart if you cannot get some time alone with him. I know what it’s like the be the one who’s texting all the friends for prayer again. I could come up with a million more scenarios, but trust me when I say I have been there. Though it all.

I also know what it’s like to see clearly again when the battle is over. I know the taste of sweet victory. I know what it’s like not just to read that it is for freedom that Christ set me free (Galatians 5:1) but to actually feel free. I know what it’s like to live in peace, to miss a quiet time and actually be okay if it happens in the evening instead of the morning. I know what it’s like have the theology of freedom and victory also be my daily, ongoing, consistent reality. I know what it's like to be able to breathe again, to be able to devote thought to helping other people and doing good in the world, because my mind is no longer tormented. Heck, I can actually relax and watch a movie and read a fiction book now if I want to! That may sound weird to you, but it's something I couldn't do during my season of warfare!

Have you ever read the word “yolked” in the Bible? It’s not something we say anymore unless you talking about an egg, but you should look it up on google images. It’s essentially a bar that connects two oxen with a hole to put their heads through. When training a new oxen, they would always pair it with a seasoned oxen, so the seasoned one could shoulder more of the load and teach the new oxen. We may not be oxen, but let's link together on this one. I'm going to teach you everything I know about living free and victoriously in this next year.  As they say, freedom isn't free. But neither is staying in defeat and bondage, so you might as well pay for freedom instead of defeat.

If this resonated with you right now, I want to tell you something that is going to sound like the exact opposite of truth, but in reality, nothing could be closer to the truth: You're so extremely blessed right now. You're blessed when prayerlessness is a luxury you can't afford. You're blessed when not reading the Word is not an option, because it's the only light you have to take the next step. You're blessed when you can't leave the house without your Bible or those 3x5 index cards with Scripture on them. It doesn't feel like it now, but when this battle is all said and done (and it will be) you'll come out a spiritual billionaire. A mighty warrior. I can testify.

The only thing that I hate more than what I went though is who I'd be if I hadn't. I have a feeling you'll be able to say the same at the end of this year. 

Let's do this.