Day 17: Victory

Overcomers, rejoice today that you are victorious in Christ!

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:4 KJV

Victory is defined by Merriam-Webster as the “overcoming of an enemy or antagonist; the achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties1.” How often have you faced something that seemed like it was going to take you down, kill you, or remain insurmountable, only to have God come in right on time and turn it around? We learn in Romans 8:28 that we’re told “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” We come up against trials, tribulations, and the enemy all the time; Satan plants things in our path to block us, make us stumble, or make us fall; yet each and every time, there is a shining beacon leading the way. There is a promise that stands the test of time, and the promise is that God gives us victory!

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Becoming that “new creation” means we are now no longer the sinner, but we were “saved by grace, through faith” and are now “born of God.” This means that the promise in 1 John 5:4 applies to you and me; we will overcome the world because of the faith that we have in God. This Fast is something we do in faith every year because, every year, God grants greater victory as our faith becomes stronger; and our faith becomes stronger the more we “crucify the flesh.” Even though sometimes it feels like victory is impossible, God’s promises stand firm. You WILL overcome the world; He WILL work all things to your good if you love Him and remain in His purpose. Overcomers, rejoice today that you are victorious in Christ!

Prayer for the Day:

Father, I’m making a choice. I’m going to “put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Lord, You said,“Sing, Oh barren one.” So I will sing to You, God, even when it looks like I don’t have anything to sing about. I will give You songs of deliverance and praise, O God. Glory to Your Name, Jesus! I will keep on praying. I will keep on praising. I will keep on living for You, God. My faith is overcoming. I’m never going to get tired of fighting the flesh and the devil until I make it through the pearly gates of Heaven. I am an overcomer. My faith makes me an overcomer, not my feelings. You are with me now as You have been and forever shall be. I praise You for total victory. I’m driving the devil out. Praise God. I’m tired of mixing the Word with everything else and not having the strength in me to overcome anything. I am making a choice to praise You in all things. In Jesus’ Name, amen.