“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
The only assured victory we can have is in the Lord Jesus. Dr. W. Samuel Legon puts what it takes to attain victory in our Lord Jesus this way:
V-igilant – 1st Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Christ was vigilant, He knew Satan’s strategy and so we must always be alert at satan’s distractions, deceptions and discouragements.
I-nvolved – 2nd Cor.6:1”We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” Jesus was busy doing His Father’s work, helping the needed, healing the sick and saving the lost. To follow His example Christians must be involved helping others and winning souls.
C-ourageous – Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”. Christ rebuked wrongdoers, He faced those who accused, abused and crucified him. We must be courageously stand for him, we must be his witness.
T-hankful – 1st Thess.5:18 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”. Jesus never complained, His life was a life of thankfulness. John 17:4 “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do”. We need to be thankful for what Christ has done for us. His great sacrifice and his Salvation, thank him for the victory.
O-optimistic – Col. 1.27 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Christ was never pessimistic, He brought hope to all mankind. We also must be optimistic for our hope is in Christ. He is the one who never fails.
R-eliable – Matt.24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”. Jesus was always dependable, He never failed anyone who came to him. We should be trustworthy, our work, walk and words should testify we are reliable.
Y-ielded – Heb. 10:9 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second”. Christ prayed; Luke 22:42 “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”.
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