We have victory in Christ. As Christians, we enter into a paradigm shift from basing our worth on our own victories to basing our worth on Jesus’ victory on the Cross.
“He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.57).
It seems strange and almost absurd to place our value on what someone else has done. Our culture may even look down on someone who walks in the victory of another. But we find freedom from human striving when we walk in the victory of the Cross because this victory is always constant.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13.8 NIV).
We learn early in our walk of faith that our failures do not define us, but to truly be free in the victory of the Cross, we can’t let our triumphs define us either. Rather, we should live in a continuous state of victory through Jesus.
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” (Romans 8.37 NIV).
God brings both victories and failures into our lives, but they are all part of His Ultimate Victory Plan. God can use closed doors and opened doors, weakness and strengths, trials and triumphs and sorrow and joy to accomplish His will on earth and in us.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8.28 NIV).
Now since we are victorious in Christ, we can produce works that are rooted in that victory. We won’t stop and stare at anyone victory because God’s plan of “victory through our faith” continues until His Ultimate Victory Plan is complete.
“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5.3-5 NLT).