I recently visited the Alamo in San Antonio, TX and was impressed with the determination to fight honorably. Even though every man knew it meant death, only one walked away, leaving 200 to fight 2000. It was a commitment to certain death.
How can that be? It’s quite the concept, but my rebellious nature understood some of the possibilities immediately.
defeating comfort-eating jags = bring physical and emotional victory
God defeating/ I surrendering insecurities to the Lord = confidence Christ will strengthen and enable me
defeating useless and degrading self talk = allowing God’s words to embolden & guide
defeating looking back saying should I, could I = looking forward to what’s next
defeating the enemy’s permanentizing (you always, you never) = rejoicing that the only forever words are God’s positive description of himself (I always, I will never)
defeating self pity of the hard place I am in = repenting of not accepting God’s plan, and His strength for me to bless another through the crisis
defeating thoughts that life is all about me = a burden lifted because I am not responsible to fix everyone’s problems – only God can do that anyway.
I recall praying once, that I felt so responsible to fix something, even though I knew it was an impossibility for me. I recall bursting out in laughter at God’s whisper to my heart cry: “Last time I checked there were still only three in the Trinity, and you were not one of them!”
and a most difficult one for me
Personal defeat giving up the “right” to demand justice (especially when I know I am right) = victory for self and cause of Christ:
The Message states it so clearly: Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it?
More of you Lord.
Less of me.
Have you also experienced victory in defeat? What was your experience?