So Close to Victory
“I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward” (Philippians 3:14, AMP)
I haven’t lived very long, but one thing I have learned in life is that whenever things seem difficult and mountains seem just a bit to steep to climb in life, that is the moment you can be certain you are very close to victory. Whenever negative thoughts enter your mind or the devil begins to talk to you and tell you ‘you can’t do it’, ‘you’re not good enough’, or ‘that will never happen for you’, that is not the time to give up. That is not the time to throw in the towel. That is not the time to run to an easy route. That is the time to believe God and press on toward the goal because you are already so close to victory.
You see, God wants each and every one of us to succeed. That is His will for us. Jesus Christ ran the ultimate race, He climbed the steepest mountain, He overcame the greatest obstacle. Since Jesus Christ is living in us, we can do the exact same thing. The same grace and peace Christ had on the cross while He was going through His darkest hour, is the same grace and peace available to us in our darkest hour.
Maybe you have had many things to come against you at once. Maybe some of those things have been tragic. You may feel as though the more you pray, the more your prayers are not getting through. Maybe it seems as though the more you try to do right, the more things go wrong. Instead of giving up, start digging in. Instead of looking at how far you have left to go, remind yourself of how far you have come. Instead of thinking about how hard it may be to go through your next trial, don’t forget God brought you through your last one. You are too far ahead to quit now. You’ve been through too much to give up now. Press on. It is only tougher because you are so close to victory. God is with you and it is His will that you experience victory in every area of your life.
Lord, we thank You for the struggle, for the dark moments, for the tough times because we that if we go through such things, we will eventually experience victory. Help us to press on, to not give up, to follow You, to trust You, and to overcome every obstacle because our victory is too close not to do so. In Jesus’ name. Amen.