The Bible talks a lot about winning—winning battles, winning against evil, and winning the lost. The scriptures contain many stories of people conquering nations, possessing land, defeating their enemies, overcoming odds, and receiving the impossible.
I believe God’s plan is for each of us to be a winner. I have never met anyone who didn’t have a desire to succeed or win. It is a longing that God creates inside of us.
1 JOHN 5:4–5 (NLT)
4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
WINNING BEGINS BY SEEING YOURSELF CORRECTLY. How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself the way God sees you? He does not see you as a weak person. He sees you as strong, smart, and talented. God does not see you as a fearful person. He sees you as triumphant and courageous.
THE GREATEST THING YOU CAN DO TO WIN IS TO UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST. God never created an unworthy or weak person. When you were born again, you were recreated and became brand-new in Christ. God never created you as a failure. That doesn’t mean you have never stumped your toe. But you’re never a failure until you stop trying.
Winning begins by seeing yourself correctly.
Jesus said, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJV). He is saying you’re a winner and not a loser. The question is, do you want to win? Will you do what it takes to win? When people want something badly enough, they do what it takes to get it.
For Christians, doing what it takes starts with the Word of God. For some that may mean repentance and not yielding to temptations. But there is no success without the Word. To be a winner, you must renew your mind with God’s Word and pray.
I’ve always been competitive. When I played sports, I didn’t go out there just to play the game—my goal was to win every time. I took that same mindset into my spiritual life. I made the decision to give it my all and do what was necessary to get a hold of the Word so I could always win in life.
In the heat of a battle, when you’re hurting and feel like giving up, you must switch your mindset from a defeated attitude to a winning attitude. Instead of saying “Oh, my. What are we going to do?” you can say, “OK, devil, you want to fight? Come on!” Remind yourself of what the Word says:
ROMANS 8:31 (NKJV)
31 If God is for us, who can be against us?
1 JOHN 4:4 (NLT)
4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
PHILIPPIANS 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Continually speaking the Word and maintaining your will to win are the attitude and actions of a winner.
There’s a game to be won. There are buildings to be built, books to be written, and songs to be sung. There’s the enemy to overcome and a race to run. There’s a family to raise. God’s will needs to be done, and souls must be won. Your race affects the outcome of other people’s lives.
GOD HAS DESTINED YOU TO SUCCEED IN SOME AREA OF LIFE. He made it possible for you to win by sending Jesus to the cross. You are victorious through Christ.
We are men, and our responsibility is too great for us to fail. This is our time to make a difference.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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