Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Victim or A Victor?~

Which word best describes you?

Victim -

a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency

Victor-

a person who has overcome or defeated an adversary; conqueror.

Unfortunately, I have to admit I have lived most of my life as a victim.

So often, we think of a victim as someone who has fallen prey to someone else. We think of the elderly lady who had her pursed snatched from her arm while Christmas shopping. We think of the wife who is battered by her abusive husband. We think of the child who was abandoned by his parents. These are victims.

But…what about you? What about me?

Notice one of the definitions for victim describes this as a person who is deceived or cheated by his or her OWN emotions!

Looking tru' the mirror.

Have you ever fallen prey to your own emotions?

For me, the answer is a resounding YES! Time after time after time!

I’m not good enough.

I’m not able.

I’m so……

The list could go and on and on.

Could...but won’t. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I'm taking a stand here and now.

Victim. Victor. The only difference between these words is the last two letters at the end of each word. But, oh my! What a difference these two letters make.

When I focus on me, I fall prey to the ”I’m” syndrome. My emotions take over and I begin to believe the lies. By all accounts, I become a victI'M.

BUT, when I choose to focus on the voice of my Heavenly Father and His voice of truth, I become victorious in and through Him.

I can think:

I’m not able to do this.

OR

With Christ, I can do all things. Philippians 4:13


I’m never going to have enough...

OR

My God will supply all my needs. Philippians 4:19


I’m too weak to…

OR

In my weakness HIS strength is made perfect.
2 Corinthians 12:9

The difference between being a victim or becoming a victor is trading deception for the truth found in God’s word. God's word, deeply hidden in our heart, becomes the ammunition we wield to fend off the lies and fight the enemy of our soul.

We have one offensive weapon: the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). But what many Christians fail to realize is that we can’t draw the sword from someone else’s scabbard. If we don’t wear it, we can’t wield it. But if we do wear it, if it lives within us, what mighty warriors we can be!
John Piper


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Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Romans 8:37 (Notice how conquerors ends in “or”, too!)

Heavenly Father, Thank you for your Word. Thank you for opening our eyes and our hearts to the truth. YOU are the way, the truth and the life. Sadly, it is so easy to believe the lies of the enemy. Help us to be firmly planted in your Word. May our roots run deep and hold us steady when we are tempted to dwell on our inadequacies, our weaknesses, our needs. Keep our focus ever on you and your truth. Thank you, that in and through you, we are indeed more than conquerors. Free us once and for all from our victim mentality and let us walk in the victory we have in YOU. In Jesus’ name, Amen~



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1 comment:

  1. Hi Stacey - What a great way to start my day. I too, would rather be a victor than a victim and if your definition is anything to go by I am a victim on a regular basis! I'd rather be a conqueror, through Christ. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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