victim: noun 1. a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action; 2. a person who is tricked or duped, “the victim of a hoax”
victor: noun 1. a person who defeats an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or competition
Last week I wrote about Moses and Mount Sinai and the contrast between “going around the mountain umpteen times” VS. “standing at Mount Calvary and living a victorious life.” After I wrote that piece I began thinking about a victim mentality and a victor mentality. I am not going to say Moses had a victim’s mentality – although he did complain about the people God gave him to deal with! Remember?
So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you afflicted your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You solemnly promised to their fathers? Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now — if I have found favor in Your sight — and do not let me see my wretchedness!” Numbers 11.11-15
Those Israelites were rascals – they grumbled, complained, whined, sinned, stole, disobeyed and to top it all off? They said they should never have left Egypt! Moses was chosen by God — of that there is no doubt — but he definitely had his hands full. Maybe once or twice or three times he took on the victim hat but all in all he was God’s man for the hour. And, let’s not forget…Moses never saw for himself the victory of The Promised Land.
Let’s talk about ME – shall we? I pretty much know all the promises in God’s Word. I know a lot of powerful scriptures by memory. I know what to say to (almost) any issue or emotional crises BUT there are times, and more often than I care to confess, that I walk around with a victim attitude. “Poor me and bless my heart already.”
SHAME ON ME.
I am a child of God. A daughter of The King. I am blood-bought, Spirit-filled, and sanctified holy by the promises of His Word. And yet.
There are times I am duped by the enemy and to what extent I allow it, I render myself victimized and that is just wrong. WRONG.
I want to walk in Victory. I want to wear the Victor’s crown. I have the power to defeat and crush the enemy in these spiritual battles.
I am a victor because I belong to the Victor of all time – Jesus Christ.
I am a victor because I hold the sword of The Spirit in my hand.
I am a victor in Christ.
If you are too? Say it with me…