My driving desire is to win. It consumes me, and I think about it all the time. God created me to be a winner, and the Bible commands me to be a winner, you too.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Winning means I beat someone at something. My adversary is the devil, my own sinful nature, and the world around me. Seven times in the book of Revelation, it mentions the person who “overcomes, ” which means to be a conqueror, a winner, and after every reference to overcoming a reward is cited. One of those references is in Revelation 3:5;
He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
God created the devil to do precisely what he is doing. He knew we wouldn’t grow much in this life without an adversary so He created one for us. As we strive to win, to conquer, to overcome, as we go to war every day we get stronger, wiser, and we grow in character or we lose. Losing can be fatal and most of often is eternal in consequence.
Satan, the devil, our adversary, makes life hard, like he did with Job. Every day we get out of bed there is an additional roadblock, a problem, a crisis, a trial, and we can let it beat us, or we can conquer it, and stomp the devil under our feet.
COVID, I am sure, is a satan-caused and controlled phenomenon that he uses to defeat people, cause fear, cause strife and disunity, and turn people into losers. There will be something else as difficult if not more so coming up one of these days, and probably sooner than later.
A winner, an overcomer, doesn’t ask God to make life easier; he asks Him for strength and wisdom. Warfare is fun as long as you are winning.
The first sign that you are losing is when you complain and grumble and feel sorry for yourself.