I was driving home from work the other day and thinking of all the bad news that seemed to be happening around me. Church member dying, friend losing her twins, friend’s father having a stroke to name a few. I then started to think about all the similar bad things that have happened in my life. This only led to frustration and feelings of hopelessness. Then I remembered how I shouldn’t dwell on the bad, but the good and I prayed.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
Satan sets out to get to your mind through your thoughts. Sometimes it is so easy to be consumed with negativity. Interestingly enough as I was listening to the radio, a song by The Williams Brothers (a legendary, traditional gospel quartet style group) came on and the words resonated deeply in my spirit. The name of the song is Count it Victory and the part that stands out to me says, “I’ve seen too many victories, to let defeat have the last word.” I thought, this is an awesome lyric! It was such an “ah ha” moment! I begin to revel in the truth of the words. Then as I thought of bad things or defeat, I thought of victories that had or could come out of them.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I John 5:4 (ESV)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)
How many times have we spent more time focusing on our defeats, beating ourselves up about one failure or another, one mistake or another? How many times have we dwelled on the negative in our lives, what or whom we’ve lost, what this or that decision has cost us, and the coulda, woulda, shouldas of life?
I EMPOWER you not to delve in defeat! I encourage you not to let your defeats define your destiny! Combat defeat with victory! When it seems that all around you is beyond despair remember yet and still we are victorious through Christ. When it seems like you’ve taken all you can take and have been trampled beyond repair remember that victory is on the other side. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT)
Thank You for helping me to combat defeat with victory! Thank You for giving me the strength not to be consumed by defeat. Help me to remember that when all is going haywire around me that victory still exists and remains despite the circumstances. We know that we are more than conquerors according to Your word, Lord, and will do our best to act accordingly. Remind us that You know all Lord and even when it seems all is bad around or within us that it is not so! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Victorious ladies, I want you to know that victories in our lives far outweigh defeats even when it doesn’t seem like it. I EMPOWER you to do this activity with me. When you think of one defeat, think of three victories. When you encounter one defeat, remember three victories. When you start to feel defeated, refer to scriptures and experiences that reinforce victory. When you are in the depths of defeat don’t give in to it, seek help from those who can intercede on your behalf and know that you will overcome and count it all victory!
Enjoy the song that inspired me, Count It Victory by the Williams Brothers:
Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a registered nurse and recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.