Each of us has a choice when we awaken in the morning. We can live the day in defeat or in victory. Living in victory is not automatic, especially for a Christian. It must be done intentionally and pro-actively. Here are some ways to do it.
1. Tell yourself every morning, “By the power of God’s Holy Spirit I choose to live in victory today.” The first requirement for living in victory is to realize that you are in a spiritual battle, and that you can’t win the battle on your own strength. There are too many temptations, human weaknesses, and situations beyond one’s control.
2. Verbally out loud, in the name of Jesus, tell Satan that he has no control over you. In Jesus’ name he is bound.
3. Know what your areas of temptations and weaknesses are, and stay away from them. Control what you allow your mind to think about, your eyes to look at, and your ears to hear.
4. Have a daily time alone with the Lord. But remember this:Starting the day off with God, as important as this is, does not guarantee victory throughout the entire day. Satan is at work 24/7. He never stops! Therefore, neither can we lay down our defenses. When you practice the things mentioned in this article you are on God’s offensive team! Satan is much less in a position to bother you and beat you at your battles.
5. Live with purpose. Have daily goals. Have discipline in the use of your time. Let your mind become obsessed with God’s dream and vision for your life. It is easy to be drawn into wrong thinking, bad habits, and even addictions, because a person loses sight of his or her God-given purpose.
Keep in mind, though, that no Christian can live victoriously every minute of every day because of our human nature tainted by sin. The only person in history who lived a perfect life in thought, word, and deed, was, of course, Jesus. There are going to be days when you and I fall. But just because you will lose some battles does not mean that you have lost the war! The spiritual battle has already been won because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave. Hallelujah! Hebrews 12:1-2 says to “…lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”
Which of these 5 ways would you find most helpful in living life in victory? By not making a choice you have already decided to live in defeat. I encourage you to start every day to do the things necessary to experience the victory made possible by the power of God. The choice is yours.