What Victory Is Not

1 Corinthians 15:57

Victory is not a once-for-all, automatic inheritance. Christians need to be reminded that the life God provides—the abundant life—is not a continuous, unbroken chain of victories. Victory is available, but not automatic. The strength we need is there to be claimed but we should never think of the Christian life as “instant success.”

Victory is not an emotional high.

Christians do not gain victory by psyching themselves up or getting in the mood or waiting till it “feels right” to act.

Victory is not a dream reserved for supersaints.

Unlike the lonely runner on the track, the Christian who conquers does so “through Him who loved us.” Jesus is always with us and we have His promise He will not leave us.

Victory does not happen to us while we passively wait.

Many today peddle a spiritual-sounding version of the “sit and wait” philosophy, but a victorious Christian is deliberately and personally involved in a process that leads to victory. If you are to achieve your goals, you must be involved to the maximum extent.

The victory we desire is never automatic.

The abundant life God provides is not an unbroken chain of victories, but the strength we need is there to be claimed.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.