“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. BUT TAKE HEART, BECAUSE I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”
Well it is football season, which means stressful Sundays, especially being a Denver Broncos fan, or if you play fantasy football, means four straight months of stress. As a diehard Denver Broncos fan, over the past few years, gamedays come with as much dread as they do excitement, you never know which Broncos team will show up to play.
I would like to pose this question, have you ever watched your favorite sports team play after already knowing the outcome? I know I have and choosing to watch after the game is already over, knowing that my team has already won, makes watching so much more enjoyable. No matter what, bad things happen, interceptions, fumbles, missed tackles, but no matter how many times those bad things occur, there is no stress because you know the outcome. You know at some point somewhere along the line, good things are going to happen and your team is going to come out victorious. It creates the most enjoyable viewing environment possible.
Now comparing watching a victorious football game after the fact to the game of life is quite a stretch, right? Well no, I do not think it is. While life is not technically a game, as God trusting, God fearing Christians we already know the outcome of our lives because God’s word has told us so. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul, the author, claims that all God’s promises are yes and amen through Christ Jesus. In understanding that simple concept we can hold God’s promises of victory over our life, proclaiming victory, walking in victory, and carrying that same attitude of watching a sports game, already knowing your team has won, with us in every circumstance of life.
While this concept, in theory, is simple, we all know that it can be very difficult to rest in this promise of victory. I want to challenge you to create your own “Victory Playbook” consisting of His promises that you can keep handy for when the enemy tries to steal that promise of victory from your life. Every morning when you wake up, every time you feel down, every time you are struggling, every time you are not feeling victorious, READ YOUR PLAYBOOK. I have a small victory playbook of my own that I speak over myself; take it, use it, add to it, make it your own, memorize it, and walk in victory because you already know the outcome.
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.”
1 John 5:4
“For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!”
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
“…If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?”
“’Do not be afraid of them’ the Lord said to Joshua, ‘for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.’”
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”
“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
Father God, thank you for all that you are and all that you will continue to be. Thank you for what you have done in my life and what you will continue to do in my life. Thank you for sacrificing Your Son so that I may have victory. Lord I pray you give me the strength, confidence, and faith to know that I can walk in that victory day in and day out because You have already gone before me and declared that victory over my life. Father I pray that you continue to walk with me hand in hand through life because I know there is nothing to fear when you are by my side, nothing can stand against me when I choose to stand with You. You are my victorious King and therefore I can be Your victorious child.