Here’s why victory is yours
I was fascinated when I read a story about a huge spider in Tasmania, Australia, eating a possum. A woman and her husband were staying in a local lodge when they spotted a giant huntsman spider holding onto its dead prey, a pygmy possum.
A spider eating a possum? I thought to myself, as I stared at the photograph. Whoa… I wasn’t expecting that!
Thousands of people have viewed the image. Many felt terrified, while others were simply mystified. I won’t post the photograph here just in case you’re really creeped out by arachnids. However, if that sort of thing doesn’t bother you, feel free to sneak a peek HERE.
Interestingly, it wasn’t just the ordinary folks like me that hadn’t seen anything like that before. Even Graham Milledge, manager of the Australia Museum Arachnology Collection, told The Guardian, “It’s the first time I’ve seen a pygmy possum as prey.” According to him, huntsman spiders typically chow down on geckos, small birds, or frogs (which still seems odd to me!). The oddity of the occurrence has arrested the public’s attention and expanded our view of what’s possible. I, for one, have learned not to underestimate what a spider of this species can do!
You know, seeing that huntsman spider made me think about something: it is human nature to underestimate what is possible, especially if we have never seen it, right? But just because we haven’t witnessed a thing does not make it impossible or even implausible. That is why we cannot rely on personal experience or the limited scope of our understanding to dictate what can and can’t be done.
God, the originator and creator of all things—including that intimidating huntsman spider—is limitless in His understanding and power. Therefore, it is crucially important to see the world through His eyes. Otherwise, we will limit ourselves in our walk of faith. We’ll assume we can’t do things; we’ll think obstacles are insurmountable; we’ll view ourselves as victims instead of victors; we’ll think too little of our capabilities and shy away from things God has already empowered, equipped, and anointed us to do.
Think about when God chose Gideon to fight Midian, an imposing army. Well, he didn’t believe it was possible. Gideon said to God in Judges 6:15, “Oh my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
But the Angel of the Lord addressed this cowardly soul as a “mighty man of valor.” Wow! Gideon didn’t at all see himself the way God did. He was sure Israel would fall prey to the enemy, but that’s not what happened; God fought the battle for Gideon and won the victory.
Friend, just as Gideon did not fall prey to the enemy, neither will you, because God fights for you. He has chosen you, anointed you and given you all you need to succeed in the things He has called you to do. It doesn’t matter what foe comes against you, God is for you.
By human standards you ought to fall prey to the enemy, but there is a supernatural power at work in your life, and that makes all the difference. For instance, Saul should have fallen prey to the poisonous snake that bit him on the hand on the Island of Malta in Acts 28, right? Spectators were sure he would die. But Paul shook that serpent off, and nothing happened.
David should have fallen prey to the Philistine giant, Goliath, who burst into mocking laughter upon seeing his tiny challenger. But 1 Samuel 17:41-52 shows us that because David knew that God was greater than his enemy, he sunk a smooth stone right into Goliath’s head, killing him.
Daniel should have fallen prey to the lions in the den in Daniel 6, but God closed the mouth of the lions and no harm came to him.
As you see, the Bible is replete with examples of the perceived underdog being victorious, but there is no greater example than the one we find in Jesus Christ. He was crucified for our transgression on that old rugged cross. Man thought it was over and assumed He had fallen prey to death—but Christ rose on the third day with all power in His hands! 1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV says, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” I know the answer: death has no victory, because our Savior conquered all.
Therefore, we are more than conquerors through Him as Romans 8:31-39 teaches us.
Friend, I don’t know what you may be dealing with, but I do know this: you are a victorious believer. Nothing can stop you because the all-powerful One dwells within you. To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, be mindful of this truth: no matter how intimidating the opposition, how challenging the situation, or how big the obstacle, our God is greater. There is no predator bad enough to defeat Him, no authority great enough to usurp His, and no word powerful enough to overturn His word. He is invincible. He cannot be defeated, and you need not be intimidated.
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for reminding me of who I am in You. In the face of intimidating circumstances, I will not be intimidated. I rebuke discouragement, fear and worry. I stand confidently upon Your word, and I thank You for the victory that already belongs to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!