“But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – I Corinthians 15:57
We hear a lot about victims these days. There are victims of storms, floods, earthquakes, shootings, wars, famines, diseases, drugs, as well as victims of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual abuse of all kinds.
The Webster’s New World Dictionary defines a victim as “someone or something killed, destroyed, injured or otherwise harmed by, or suffering from, some act, condition, agency or circumstance…a person who suffers some loss, especially by being swindled or duped”.
Ever since the Fall of Man we have been victimized by believing the lies of Satan whose mission it is to deceive, steal from, kill and destroy human beings any we he can. We have believed his lies, made poor choices and have reaped tragic consequences of every description. His lies often go undetected in plain sight through the onslaught of media programming us what to think, do, buy and eat. He also uses our life experiences to make false conclusions about who we are, who God is and what life is all about. There are many cleverly disguised demonic attacks against us we often attribute to just the way I am, bad luck, fate or “it is what it is”.
Enter Jesus Christ! I John 3:8b, “…For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” No longer do we have to live as victims of our enemy duped by his lies, bound by our own sin, the sins of our past generations and the sins of others committed against us during our lifetime. Jesus Christ makes us new creations (II Corinthians 5:17), more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Through Him we are no longer victims but victors!
A victor is a “winner in a battle, struggle or contest”. Jesus Christ warred against and decisively conquered Satan, sin and death through His cross and resurrection. It is finished! Now as His disciples, we are being daily reprogrammed by the Word and Spirit of God from our old identity as victims to our new and true identity as victors. Though we are constantly engaged in vicious, multi-dimensional, moment by moment spiritual battles, we fight with weapons mighty through God. Strongholds are pulled down. (II Corinthians 10:3-6) No evil foe can defeat us. (Luke 10:19; John 16:33; I John 5:4) His victory over Satan, sin and death is His gift to us.
Victim or victor? Which one are you?