The Virtues of Victory
“…….. and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I John 5:4
What are some of the factors that will assist us as we strive to remain victorious? How is victory determined? Here’s a simple acrostic.
V – Vision - To be victorious I must have a mental image of my future state.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18
I - Intensify – To intensify is to exhibit increase by: enhancing, strengthening and deepening. Therefore to be victorious I must not cease to eagerly and powerfully intensify every area of my life.
“ But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; Jude 20
C - Concentrate – Concentration equals an ability to remain focused. Victory is never accomplished by one who has loss their ability to maintain their focus.
“And SET your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” Colossians 3:2
T - Trust – To gain total victory, I must solidify my trust channels – from the inside out.
Proverbs 20:7; 3:5; Psalm 146:3 (ESV)
O - Opposition – Accept the fact that there will always be oppositions; some will edify, will challenge and some are sent to destroy.
“....In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
R – Rules - No task in life is ever accomplished w/o abiding by the established guidelines.
To be victorious; I must know the rules….and obey them.
Romans 12:1-5 (ESV); Proverbs 4:7; Titus 3:1
Y - Yoked - To be victorious I must remain free of any restrictive burden; and only become
yoked to those things that will permit the furtherance of God’s plan and purposes for my life.
“….Let us lay aside every weight..” Hebrews 12:1
We can also observe the beginning and ending letters in the word “Victory”. Victory begins with a ”v” and ends with a “y”. The letter “Y” is a “V” that has been increased! The “Y” is the last letter in the word victory. At the end of every victory, we will notice that we have been increased. The shape of this letter also reminds us of a fork in the road. At the end of every victory – we stand at a fork in the road. We must make a decision. We must decide whether to prepare for the next level and advance forward.... or to become satisfied with our present accomplishment and remain at that place. The Lord always requires that we advance forward. The ability to continually walk in a state of victory is achieved, when I decide to never become satisfied with my current achievements – but to always strive for an added dimension of greatness.
So again I ask, “What are some of the virtues of VICTORY”?
The answer: To have a Vision; To Intensify my actions; To value the relevance of Consecration; To free up my Trust channels; To expect Opposition, To obey the Rules and To become Yoked only to what is ordained and established by Kingdom Principles.
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13 & 14