Christian “Victory” Means Perseverance of Faith in Jesus

The Bible often mentions Christians being “victorious.” A search on the topic reveals there are great rewards for being one who “overcomes” or spiritually “conquers” (See 1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 4:8; Philippians 4:1; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:2-4; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 1-4).

What “victorious” does not mean is being perfect. Obviously! Who is perfect? Also, it does not mean making “sinning less” our goal. That would be a self-focus, instead of a Jesus focus, and anything but a Jesus focus produces burn out and even depression. Neither does it require we accomplish what mankind deems “great things” for God… as if we can make spiritual realities happen by focusing on our believing. Again, Jesus.

Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” —Jesus, John 6:28-29

Being an overcomer means dealing with (by persistently expecting God’s grace & peace) the unique weaknesses we have, the trials we will endure and the life circumstances we have been handed (esp. by other Christians & Christian leaders), so that they don’t choke out our faith in Jesus.

If we get through life without having these kinds of things choke out our faith in Jesus, then that is “overcoming” indeed. We will have been victorious over our 3 greatest enemies: the fallen world, the sinful flesh and the devil. God classifies our belief in Jesus as our greatest work for Him.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” —Jesus, John 16:33

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OTHER RESOURCES:

What Christians Mean by “Overcome the World”

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