Facing defeat is one of life’s more difficult challenges.
I’m not talking about sports or board games although many of us find it hard to deal with defeat in any way. I’m thinking about the times the enemy defeats us. . . the times we give in to temptation and sin.
Have you ever noticed the enemy attacks you with taunts and temptations more intentionally and intensely immediately after you’ve experienced a spiritual high or committed to spending more time with the Lord SEEKing a closer relationship with Him?
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
He knew what he was talking about. He denied knowing Jesus three times just hours after he said…
“Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!”Matthew 26:35
The truth is whether we are trying to be strong on our own, simply getting distracted by the world, or giving in to our own foolishness . . . sometimes we’re defeated by the enemy of our souls.
David was with his army fighting a battle in the northern part of Judah when the country was attacked from the south and God allowed them to experience a temporary defeat.
You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses.Psalm 60:1–2
You have been angry with us; now restore us to your favor.
You have shaken our land and split it open.
Seal the cracks, for the land trembles.
What do you do when you’re attacked, tried to fight on your own, and God has allowed you to be defeated?
There’s an important truth we need to know from David as we think about the question above…
By God’s grace, our defeat is always temporary when we humbly go to Him in repentance . . . when we ask for His help.
The Holy One, says this:Isaiah 57:15
“I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.”
God promises to restore contrite and humble crushed spirits reviving courage and giving the strength to get up and try again. Because…
Jesus won the victory and set us free from the power of sin, death, and satan.
And because of Jesus’ victory, we can go to God with repentant hearts and trust that He will forgive us and restore us.
The Bible tells us He declares us justified. We are made clean and righteous. It’s just as if we’d never been defeated. Just as if we’d never sinned.
Because of Jesus, our sin has been removed from our repentant hearts as far as the East is from the West…
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.Psalm 103:12
Thanks be to God, by grace alone, we can say with confidence…
Because of Jesus, my defeat is temporary.
Because of Jesus, I can live in victory.
A Prayer to Live in Victory
Father, please forgive me. I am so very sorry. I want to glorify You with every part of my life but I allowed myself to get distracted and gave in to the enemy’s temptation. I’m so disappointed in myself as I face this defeat.
Please forgive me. May this defeat be temporary in Jesus’ name. I ask that You will restore me and help me think, speak, and act in ways that lift You up in glory and honor. I want people to see You in me. I want to shine the light of Your truth and love in this world filled with lies and temptation. I want to live in victory.
Lord, I give myself to You. I surrender this day to Your care. Please guide me by the power of Your Spirit. Give me the strength I need to withstand temptation. Thank you for sending Jesus to defeat sin, death, and the enemy. Thank you for sending Jesus to save me.
By Your grace, I believe I will share in His victory; and with Your help, I will proclaim His victory and Your power to forgive, heal, and restore. I thank and praise You, now and forever. Amen.
Facing defeat is difficult. Admitting defeat is distressing.
Giving in to defeat offers us a fork in the road.
Giving in to defeat means we’ll end up in a perpetual state of disappointment and frustration.
But giving up . . . admitting our defeat, confessing our failure, and surrendering ourselves to God in repentance opens us up to His forgiveness, His help, and an opportunity to live in victory.
David ended Psalm 60 with these words.
Oh, please help us against our enemies,Psalm 60:11–12
for all human help is useless.
With God’s help we will do mighty things,
for He will trample down our foes.
With God’s help, we can live in victory because the enemy of our souls has already been defeated for all eternity.
May God bless you and help you live in victory now and always.
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