A Winning Attitude

In the Worthy Brief devotion this morning, it encouraged us to be sure to not let ourselves develop a defeatist attitude:

1 John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”

As we are entering some of the most turbulent times in history, we’ve been receiving an unbelievable amount of email expressing concern about the future. But I want to tell you a little something — the future is VICTORY!

It’s not defeat or loss. If you think about it, all the great leaders of the Bible shone in the hardest of times. When the giant Goliath stood against the army of Israel, David didn’t sit around with his brothers complaining about how big Goliath was. Though David was a dwarf next to this evil giant, he was still convinced he was going to be victorious because God was on his side!

When the apostles saw Yeshua die, they must have felt utterly defeated — then, suddenly, there he was, out from the grave, gloriously alive before them — and from then on they walked in His victory! They didn’t sit around complaining about Roman persecution, the Sanhedrin, or the Pharisees. They didn’t get wrapped up in how evil the world was becoming; instead, they pressed forward in the worst of times and in those dark days they shone like the stars in the midnight sky.

In the face of everything that’s happening around us, let’s be sure we’re not developing a defeatist attitude. We are called children of the King, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Despite how bad things may be getting — don’t forget we’re on the winning team! We can stand against this evil and overcome it… with good!

I needed to hear this.  I’ve been so disappointed and discouraged with how things are in our country and in the world.  I’ve been distraught seeing the spiritual and moral decline in our country, and end up worrying about what kind of world my grandchildren are facing, and I was developing a defeatist attitude.  “Well, it’s over.  Things aren’t going to get any better.  This country is lost.”

That may or may not be true, but Scripture reminds us that the trials and sufferings of this world are meaningless compared to what the Lord has prepared for us in Eternity.

1 Peter 1:3 says “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ, The Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.”    (Edward Mote 1834)

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