Virtues of Victory
“…….. and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I John 5:4
What is victory? How is it determined? Listed below are some of the foundational concepts or the Virtues of Victory.
V – Vision - To be victorious I must have a vision; 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 (AMP)
O - Opposition – Hostile or contrary action or condition. Except the fact that there will always e oppositions; some will edify, some will challenge and all which emanate from the kingdom of darkness are sent to destroy. However.. every opposition will produce victory… if permitted to run its course!
“....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
We can also observe that the letter “Y” is the last letter in the word victory. The shape of this letter reminds us of a fork in the road. At the end of every victory – we stand at a fork in the road. We have to 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. 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.
Paul explained it like this: “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
So again I ask, “What are some of the virtues of VICTORY”? The answer: The ability to expand my Vision; to aggressively Intensify every area of my life; to maintain my Concentration; to continually build and fortify my Trust channels; to expect Opposition, to obey the Rules and to be Yoked to Kingdom Principles!