At the end of the day, that is what it’s all about. Take a look deeper:
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us
But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
Being a victor is not always easy
The greatest evidence of you doing the right thing is the level of opposition you face along the way. They say winners never and quitters never win and therefore it is essential and vital to maintain the attitude of a champion. Life will always have its ups and downs. The problem with disappointment is that it’s inevitable, beyond shadow of doubt you will face it. The point where we have a choice is how we handle that disappointment. That point is called discouragement. That is so much more than a feeling or experience. It is, in fact, a choice. Understand this:
Champions always decide what to do with what happens to them
The goal they are reaching is far too important and precious to neglect or delay because of the size of the obstacle. Again that is a state of mind. Too often we amplify problems that are really much smaller than they appear. The place where that starts is (through) responding to my last statement as:
Easier said than done.
Again as I said before, it’s all in the state of the mind. Consider the ones who acted like champions and victors in this story:
Send men to explore and scout out [for yourselves] the land of Canaan, which I give to the Israelites. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader or head among them.
So Moses by the command of the Lord sent scouts from the Wilderness of Paran, all of them men who were heads of the Israelites.
And they returned from scouting out the land after forty days.
They came to Moses and Aaron and to all the Israelite congregation in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought them word, and showed them the land’s fruit.
They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit.
But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].
Now let’s look at how a victor responds in this situation:
Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.
That is my encouragement to you (and also to me). Go and possess what is rightfully yours, especially if you are not in the wrong, have been falsely accused, and made to look like the bad guy!
“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” Howard Cosell
“Expect victory and you make victory.” Preston Bradwell