I’ve been celebrating little victories. Getting a nice phone call from my Mom. Having her say love you before I did. (I’ve been saying love you before hanging up for four years!) Figuring out a computer problem. Saying yes Lord to turn from discouraging thoughts. Completing a few articles without interruption. Finding a couple of new markets. Getting a refund. Organizing my time. Meeting a goal. Creating a meal from food on hand instead of taking the easy way out. Deleting a tempting ‘buy-now’ advertisement. Tossing out treats leftover at church on New Year’s eve instead of taking it home and ending up eating it all….so many little victories…
But I’ve been wondering… Is there such a thing as “little” victories? Romans 8:37 says that …” in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
More than conquerors. To me that means, I don’t just return home from the battle. More than that, I don’t just return from the battle declared the winner, the ‘top dog’, the prizewinner. A conqueror is a victor. One who experiences victory. An overcomer. But it doesn’t say we HAVE more because we won this victory. In some cases that may be true, but it seems unimportant and is not even mentioned. Rather this portion of scripture says we can be more than victors through Christ.
I love investigating the original language of words to glean the real meaning and I find that more in Hebrew doesn’t merely add a title but says that because of the battle, from the battle, out of the battle or by reason of the battle we ARE more than we were before.
For God to work in my life… for Him to make me to be more than I was before… is no little victory! It’s
By the way – web-dictionaries say roots of the word have been defined as: super- “above”, cali- “beauty”, fragilistic- “delicate”, expiali- “to atone”, and docious- “submissive/obedient”
Rough translation: “Extinguishing guilt and redeeming submissive obedience through delicate beauty.
Perfectly explainable 🙂 with a verse for this year:
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
and thus – To be more than conqueror through Him who loved us.
I SO needed to hear this today! Thank you! I sometimes (often!) “Yeah-but” my way out of seeing the victory…Yeah, but I didn’t…or Yeah, but things didn’t get done. Little victories are indeed still VICTORIES!