As long as you believe yourself to be a victim, you will play that role in every aspect of your life. It will keep you from succeeding, and in some cases cause you to lose ground. It will affect your relationship with Jesus, and it will be seen in your witnessing.
The choice is yours to live as a victim or to live victoriously.
Many Christians that I encounter need encouragement on a daily basis solely because they have the victim mindset. They live a defeated life. Their focus each day is on their own troubles. They are on guard for the next slight. They are defensive. In their minds, their troubles are obviously bigger than their God.
In essence, Christians who live defeated mostly live that way because they do not believe God – at least not for that particular thing.
I once heard a prayer request that by the time the lady was done giving it, I was more ready to pray for her than for the person for whom she was requesting prayer. She had made the request all about her. One of the final comments she made that really sticks in my mind was, “We’re just waiting for God to turn it to good.”
I’m not sure I agree with her statement.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I tend to believe that it is for good from the time it happens. Now, maybe she meant that she wants God to let her see the good. We won’t always get to see that in a way that we can trace back.
There will be times in our life when we mourn or feel defeated. As Christians, we should overall have more faith. As we walk in the spirit, we should reflect the peace of Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
“Be careful for nothing” means don’t be anxious. We need to rejoice. We need to make our requests by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. We need to think on the good things.
Today’s challenge is to look at how the world sees you. Does the world see a defeated Christian? Does the world see a victorious Christian? The faith the world sees in you reflects upon Christ. Translation: If you have a big faith in God and live a victorious life, your God must be bigger than your problems. If you are living a defeated life, do you really think the world wants to meet your Jesus?