One of my elders, Mike Brown, shared this powerful quote with my other elders and me this morning. It’s from the devotional God’s Amazing Grace and it is the last line from today’s reading: “The life of Christ’s disciples is to be like His, a series of uninterrupted victories” (p. 255).
A series of uninterrupted victories? What a promise! One that I have chosen to lay a hold of by faith.
It reminds me of a classic thought from E.J. Waggoner that is printed in the book Lessons on Faith. It speaks of Alexander’s soldiers who were eager to go to battle because they knew victory was theirs – not because of their own abilities, but because of who was commanding their army. Check it out:
We have heard many people tell how hard they found it to do right. Their Christian life was most unsatisfactory to them, being marked only by failure, and they were tempted to give up in discouragement. No wonder they get discouraged. Continual failure is enough to discourage anybody. The bravest soldier in the world would become faint-hearted if he had been defeated in every battle. Sometimes these persons will mournfully tell that they have about lost confidence in themselves. Poor souls. If they would only lose confidence in themselves entirely and would put their whole trust in the One who is mighty to save, they would have a different story to tell. They would then “joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Says the apostle, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.” Phil. 4:4. The man who doesn’t rejoice in God, even though tempted and afflicted, is not fighting the good fight of faith. He is fighting the poor fight of self-confidence and defeat. . . .
Some folks look with dread upon the thought of having to wage a continual warfare with self and worldly lusts. That is because they do not as yet know anything about the joy of victory. They have experienced only defeat. But it isn’t so doleful a thing to battle constantly, when there is continual victory. The old veteran of a hundred battles, who has been victorious in every fight longs to be at the scene of conflict. Alexander’s soldiers, who under his command never knew defeat, were always impatient to be led into the fray. Each victory increased their strength, which was born only of courage, and correspondingly diminished that of the vanquished foe. Now how may we gain continual victories in our spiritual warfare?
Listen to the beloved disciples:—
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4. . . .
The soldiers of Alexander were reckoned invincible. Why? Was it because they were naturally stronger and more courageous than all their enemies? No, but because they were led by Alexander. Their strength was in his leadership. (pp. 2-4).
Christ is our great Leader and Commander. So let us enter, by faith, into the great “series of uninterrupted victories.”