When I was a kid being a victim was not cool. We wanted to be the tough kid; the one that everybody feared. We wanted to be known as fighters. We did not want to be labor as a coward or as weak. However, in today’s society, we celebrate victimhood; there is no need to overcome anything. Part of the reason this is so, is because being a victim has its privileges. There are a numbers of government programs and various kinds of disabilities that, if you qualify for, you can make some money out of it without having to do a thing; tax payers have your back. Let me stablish very quickly that it is not biblical for us, as Christians, to see ourselves as victims. That is a slap in the face of God.
I want to make clear that you don’t confuse not being a victim with the absence of going through difficult times. In 2 Timothy 4:7 the Apostle Paul tells us, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (NIV) The Christian life is a fight; it is a fight to maintain our faith in spite of what we go through and, in spite of what our eyes see. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that, “…we live by faith, not by sight.” (NIV) Another great man of God, King David, tells us in Psalm 34:19 that, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (KJV) The focus should never be on the suffering; but in God’s deliverance. Beloved, we are more than overcomers. Revelation 12:11 tells us, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (KJV)
The word Overcome in Revelation 12:11 is the Greek word “níkē”meaning, “To be victorious, to prevail.Romans 8:37 tells us that, “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (KJV) Again here, we see here the Word Nike! Maybe you lost a love one; maybe you lost your job; maybe you suffer a great betrayal; maybe you lost it all; maybe your dad mistreated you; maybe your mom mistreated you. Maybe… God did not promise a life with no afflictions; but he promise that he will deliver you from them all.Today, be encourage!
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Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).