Much is made these days about learning from failure and defeat. Setbacks are good because they make us reflect on our life and what we need to change, and they drive us to God, to seek refuge and wisdom and strength in Him, and to realize that without Him we are nothing. But of course, the desire to overcome is hardwired in us.

The outstanding truth of the Bible is that true victory has already been given to us through Jesus: “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”1 Let’s explore victory from the beginning of time.

In the Old Testament, victory was usually equated with military success. The Hebrews saw that it was God who fought for them and made them successful in battle. As long as they obeyed and kept close to Him, God was their invincible ally.

The prophets gave them glimpses of a much more important battle being fought, not for country and territories, but for the souls of men, and foretold the ultimate victory in this battle through the coming of the Messiah. This victory would far surpass all the conquests of the past, a spiritual victory wrought with weapons of a different sort: love, prayer, and faith.

When Jesus came, the concept of victory took on its full spiritual meaning. The victory is no longer over enemy armies or hostile neighbors, but as the apostle put it, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”2

The victory that really counts is God’s victory, which comes from an entirely different realm. With Christ, we can rise permanently over the realm of temporal scrimmages. He assures us that even though there will be tribulations in our lives, we will always be able to find peace in Him, because He has already won.3 His victory over sin and death is already achieved.4

Through the power of God’s Spirit, we can overcome whatever we face, even the negative attitudes that we wrestle against daily, like our pride, anxiety, depression, etc. We have the victory right now and we can claim it. So let’s smile and fight joyfully, with faith, knowing that we already have the victory, thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:57
  2. Ephesians 6:12 KJV
  3. See John 16:33.
  4. See 1 Corinthians 15:55–57.