Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Daily Devotional
Day 27 - Defeat
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39 NIV
Have you ever had a Goliath moment? One where you were fighting something that seemed so much bigger than you were and no matter how hard you tried, you were always left defeated? Defeat isn’t a word we like to hear very often. No one likes to be told or even reminded that they were defeated, that they lost. However, in life, we often are, and sometimes even it is by the little things that we thought were so solid. Sometimes in life, we have jobs that we have to battle, people we have to fight against, you name it, and sometimes we lose. We fail. We fail ourselves, our bosses, our family, and our friends, whoever it may be.
When thinking about defeat, I am reminded of the Tribe of Israel and their years of victory and defeat. For years, Gods people were in a constant state of war, always praying for victory and sometimes only getting defeat. They had it pretty rough. Even out of the context of war, Gods people still experienced defeat in the form of betrayal, rejection, abandonment, others failures and downfalls, you name it. But even amidst defeat, they were called to worship God and so are we. As Christians, we are encouraged to have a spirit of victory even amidst constant defeat.
What does it mean to have a spirit of victory amidst defeat? In 1 Corinthians 15 verse 55, Paul declares, ““Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” When we walk with Christ, fully submerged in the awe and wonder of who he is, we are not moved or shaken by things that try and sometimes may seem to overtake us. What Paul was talking about to the Corinthians was not simply about the dilemma of sin but about the dilemma of sin acted out and manifested in our lives. Sin will always seek to overtake us and rob us of our trust and joy but we have to remember what Christ has already done. If Christ has already overcome the world and all that is within it, what could anything do to reverse that? What could sin do? What can other people do, or say, or take that would change that? Nothing.
When everything falls apart God is still good. When life seems unfair, God is still good. When you have nothing left God is still good that is the spirit of victory. The spirit of Victory is one that mourns a loss but is not halted by it. It looks to Gods hand even when tempted to look elsewhere. It refuses to stay down or give in. A spirit of victory boasts in the good works of God even in the disappointments of the world or others.
Later in the chapter, Paul ends by saying, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Your Labor in the Lord is not in vain.
There will be battles that we will face, and walk away defeated, but we are to walk away remembering that God sent his only Son to die on the cross for you and declares over you, as in Romans chapter eight that nothing can “separate you from the love of God.”
ACTION STEP: Today take a moment to pray and ask God to remind you of all that He has done for you, big or small, in those moments of defeat. Then begin to declare victory over those areas of struggle or defeat, declaring his goodness and proclaiming that you are a conqueror of Christ
Additional reading: Romans 8