God’s Formula for Victory
To win the battle, we must surrender (Matthew 16:24-26)
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
To find strength, we must be weak (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)
9 And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
To gain, we must lose (Philippians 3:7, 8)
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
To live, we must die (Galatians 2:20)
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
To be first, we must be last (Mark 9:35)
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, if any man desires to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
To be exalted, we must be abased (Matthew 23:12)
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
To be chief, we must be servant (Matthew 20:26, 27)
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
To reign, we must suffer (2 Timothy 2:12)
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
Only in total submission to God can we find victory. Victory is not ours to win but it is His who lives in us. Choose today God’s formula for victory. Surrender your heart and life to God and find the peace and joy that only God can give.