not victims, but victors

One of the tactics of the enemy is to get us back on our heels, as those who are victims and overcome. The enemy will do that anyway it can, not that it always needs help from us. We do need to be aware of Satan’s tactics which will not end during this life.

What we need not only to be assured of, but to take our stand on is the victory that is ours from God always, in and through Christ. It is victory in and through the cross, through our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumph over sin and death. It is our standing in Christ, and that is important. From that we take our stand and move on. Even when we are victims in this life for one reason or another—for some, martyrdom, for others of us often in subtle ways because of our testimony for Jesus and for righteousness—we are still victorious in Jesus. Even “more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

I for one can give in too easily to a kind of despair and defeatist mentality. We should not give into that at all, much less live with it for a day or more. We hold to and live in the victory of God in Jesus in all humility. Not supposing that we ourselves have anything to do with it. We are recipients of it, and we want to share this victory, the results of it in and through Christ to the world.

In the end, God in Christ wins. The love of God in Christ wins. And we are in the beginning of that end even now, through our ascended Lord’s death and resurrection.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of Godand is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.