Tuesday, July 5, 2011

31 Days of Victory:{Day 6}What it's Not

“But He said to me,  ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 
2 Corinthians 12:9-11

Before we go any further on our journey of victory, I feel the need to do a little myth busting. Let's debunk some common lies.


1. It is not "being perfect." 
Victory is to accept that God's grace covers your shortcomings. [Romans 3:23-24]

2. It is not "the absence of weakness." 
Victory is to accept that God's strength is made perfect in your weakness. [2 Corinthians 12"9-11]

3. It is not "having it all together." 
Victory is trusting in the One who does. [Colossians 1:17]

4. It is not "knowing it all." 
Victory is leaning not on our own understanding [Proverbs 3:5]. It is to understand that the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and then to lean on Him [1 Corinthians 1:25]. 

5. It is not, "never being tempted again." 
Even Jesus was tempted. Victory is fleeing in the face of temptation. [2 Timothy 2:22]

6. It is not, "never falling into temptation again." 
Victory is humbly submitting to God through genuine repentance when we fall--Because we will fall [James 3:2]. 

7. It is not "always making the right decisions no matter what." 
If you did, that would make you perfect, which takes us back to #1. Victory is learning from our foolish decisions and accepting God's grace--knowing that His love and His will is still going to prevail [Proverbs 8:8-9, Psalm 33:11]. 

8. It is not, "never feeling defeated again." 
Victory is choosing not to stay in the pit and trusting God to help you get out. [Psalm 40:2, Psalm 103:4]

9. It is not "being happy all the time" or "never being in a funky mood."
Victory is to understand that emotions are normal, including anger, fear, sadness and the like [see the book of Job]. Victory is to allow yourself to feel, then choose not to let your emotions control you [note: Holy Spirit help required].

10. It is not, "never having negative thoughts."
Victory is to understand that negative thoughts will come. It is to take them captive and make them obedient to Christ as they bombard you. [2 Corinthians 10:5]

11. It is not, "never facing trials."
Victory is to understand that we were destined for tribulation and to ask God to help you find joy and purpose in the midst of it all. [1 Thessalonians 3:2-3, James 1:2-4]

12. It is not "the absence of tears." 
Victory is to remember that even Jesus, in all of His strength and perfection, wept. [John 11:35]

13. It is not "the absence of fear." 
Victory is "believing in an unshakable God when everything in you trembles and quakes."- Beth Moore

To be victorious is to accept God's sufficient grace in the face of our inevitable weaknesses. 

Let His grace wash over you like a cool, unexpected rain on a hot summer day; soaking you from head to toe! 

{P.S. What have you personally learned that victory is not? Have I left anything out? I'd love to learn from you! Feel free to add to the list or share your personal thoughts by commenting below.} 


Monique Zackery

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  1. Thanks for this encouragement, Monique. A reminder that even I can have victory, because I certainly don't have everything on the checklist! Praise God!

  2. Thanks for the word - I needed this today!

  3. I love this! this would be a great book mark!

  4. LOVED it! Except for on number 8, you listed Psalm 40:20, but Psalm 40 only goes to verse 17, haha. I just wanted to know what verse you meant to put, because they're all so amazing!

  5. Oh Peyton! thanks for letting me know about that typo. I meant to say 40:2, which says, "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." I fixed it in the post! I'm so glad you're taking the time to read the references! Love you. :)


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