Victory in Jesus

Gabriele Soltau Devotional

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

What thoughts come to your mind when you hear the word VICTORY? Maybe a football game where one team gloriously defeated the opponent? Maybe a scene of war, where one army won the victory over the opposing army? Maybe on a personal level, you gained a victory over an addiction, a bad eating habit or something else very personal in your life that you were seeking to overcome? You may even recall the old song
“Victory in Jesus.”

Being victorious doesn’t always mean winning…you can lose a battle, but can still win the war.

Here is the great news for us as believers: First of all the final defeat of the enemy came, when Jesus rose from the dead and swallowed up death in victory so that those who have received the finished work of the cross in their lives now do have eternal life with The Father. But we also get to live a life in victory over sin, discouragement, bitterness, anxiety, sickness – just to name a few – on this side of eternity.

It is HE who gives us the victory in any area of our lives through Jesus; it is our faith that has overcome the world. So we do not need to struggle or strive or fight in our strength – that only goes so far and lasts only so long – but we have this supernatural, accessible-at-all-times power within us that has and will enable us to overcome all things. How great is that? I no longer need to live as a mere ‘fleshly’ human being, but I can access the power and help necessary at all times with the power that lives in this earthly vessel. Tap into that power today, expect it to work in and through you! The great news of the Kingdom is that “the Kingdom of God is not in word but power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20. The uniqueness of Christianity is that The Father has supplied everything we need for life and godliness. I do not have to work it up, pretend, or get it by applying willpower or meditate my way into it, it’s right there, right within me, ready to be accessed and put into action. It’s real. It’s accessible. It’s for now, and it’s for you! 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What do you need today? What challenges are you facing? Which areas in your life do you need a victory?

Prayer: Father I thank you that by the Holy Spirit who dwells within me, I have access to love, power, strength, joy, peace, perseverance and whatever else I need to live a victorious life. Help me today to not walk in my strength, but for Your Spirit to flow through me. Let me experience the truth of Your divine empowerment. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

 

About Gabriele Soltau

Pastor Gabriele (Gabi) Soltau, a native German, came to Houston in 1989 and became a member of Encourager that year. During her 25 years in full-time ministry, she spent 9 years on staff with Doug Stringer, ministering in the streets of Houston and to those infected with HIV/AIDS. She has preached and taught seminars in over 35 nations of the world. Gabi has been on staff at Encourager since 2002 as Pastor of Prayer and is presently Pastor of Mission/Outreach and over the Singles Ministry. She has organized several citywide events like being the prayer coordinator for the Reinhard Bonnke crusade. Some of Gabi’s passions are prayer, people coming into their full potential & destiny, unity in the Body across denominational and racial lines, the nations, SOULS, young people and those in alternative lifestyles.