Recently, I was sitting in church listening to a sermon called How to fight like a champ. The preacher was encouraging the congregants on how to fight and win. So often we see ourselves as lovers not fighters.We are both!
That is when I thought "we have a victim mentality plaguing the believers of God". It is hindering us from living that abundant life that Christ died so we can have. We play the powerless victim. We are treated unfairly and what are we to do? We whine and say, "there is nothing that can be done." Woe is me....BLAH BLAH BLAH!
You are of God and have already defeated and overcome them because He who lives in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Do you realize what the scriptures says? It says there is an adversary at work in this world. It also says he is already defeated. It screams we are not victims! Yes, there are Christians being persecuted to varying degrees all over the world. Jesus was persecuted but he was not a victim! Even in his persecution, he was a victor.
In John chapter 11, we find the familiar story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. There is an interesting detail in that story that applies to this topic.
vs 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Isn't it interesting that after Jesus raised him from the dead, he instructed him to be loosed from from his burial cloths and go free!
The problem with victimized believers is that we have been proverbially raised from the dead but are still bound in our burial clothes. We are "clothed" in circumstances and situations that say we should by all accounts be "dead" and we believe the circumtances and situations. We are walking and talk but in our minds we still look at our selves, and live our lives as if we are dead with no hope.
But we aren't dead.
We are alive because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
A fellow Wings of Faith blogger recently said we have trouble with this line of thinking in part because we don't know what the word says. We don't know these scriptures or if we know them we somehow get convinced that they are too radical or that they don't apply to us. Scriptures like:
Romans 8:37 ...we are more than conquerors through him who loves us
John 3:33 ...In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] amplified bible.
Psalms 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
1 John 4:4 ...Greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world
The bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that.. our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms..
and my favorite verse to throw back in the devil's face when he tries to tell me what an embarassment I am to God is
Col 2: 15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].The same Jesus who lives in your.
Does this mean that all believers are entitled to a life of perpetual winning? Yes and no. No in the sense that just because we are believers doesn't mean we will all win the publishers clearing house sweepstakes or never face sickness or tradegy and only have good things happen to us. However, yes we can win in Christ. If we listening to his daily call and be lead in His ways, regardless of the outcome, we can win. Christ disarmed the principalities adn and powers that we against us. Just like Lazarus He borught us back to life and we have to be bold enough to take off the grave clothes, put on the armor of God, wage war and stand our ground.
That doesn't sound like a victim to me. What do you think?
Father in Psalms 24:8 David declares that you are the Lord God stroing and mighty and the Lord God mighty in battle. You fight on our behalf and you have already won. Father deliver us from the lies of the enemy that keep us think we are weak and powerless. Holy spirit open our eyes to see the provision and strength you provide to us. Amen!