Will Victory Defeat You?

I can’t believe I’ve made it through two months of blog posts without a Batman reference!  Something must be done.  In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman was injured and had been in hiding for 8 years for a crime he didn’t commit.  When Bane began terrorizing Gotham, he was forced to rise from the shadows and squash this new evil.  The result was unexpected.  Batman always wins right?  Not this time. 

Punch after punch, elbow after elbow, Batman was wearing himself out and Bane was unfazed.  Bane then lifted him over his head, slammed him down on his knee, breaking his spine.  Then he punched Batman in the head so hard so many times he cracked the military grade plastic in his mask and knocked him unconscious.  During the fight, Bane spoke a powerful truth to Batman:  “Victory has defeated you.”

Batman was accustomed to victory.  He always won, so he stopped training.  He thought his fight with Bane would be easy.  The pride of prior victory led to his defeat.

Many of us have come a long way in our Christian growth.  The grace of God has led us to repentance and victory over sin.  Perhaps we’ve been victorious over things like cursing, drinking, stealing, sexual immorality, and rage.  Perhaps we’ve even conquered additions and disorders.  God’s grace is powerful!  The mercies of God described in Romans 1-11 give us the power to “present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices” and to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” (Romans 12:1-2).

The pride of prior victory led to his defeat.

Christians should experience great spiritual victory, conquering each sin one by one, becoming more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29).  We should “reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17) and because of Christ’s love, not even suffering should hold us back from spiritual victory!  “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37).  We should be living victorious lives!

The question is, will we allow victory to defeat us?  Will we grow complacent in the fight against sin thinking, “I know how to handle Satan, he can’t touch me.”  Will we neglect prayer and meditation in the Word because we don’t think we need it as much anymore?   Will we flirt with the fire of sin because we’re too holy to get burned?  Will we stop reinforcing the armor of God in our life because our own armor is strong enough?

When the Corinthians flirted with sin, Paul said, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12).  Peter warned, “Be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).  Some translations read, “Be vigilant,” which means to keep careful watch for danger.

The enemy never sleeps, and neither can we.  Satan is vicious, brutal, and cunning.  If you don’t think Satan has the power to lift you over his head, crush your spine with his knee, and smash your head in, you’ve never read the Bible.  We can never let our guard down.

Don’t be defeated by victory.  Press on.  Keep growing.  Keep training.  Keep watchful.  Make Ephesians 6:10-11 a daily thing, not a one-time thing or a thing you used to do.  “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

If you don’t think Satan has the power to lift you over his head, crush your spine with his knee, and smash your head in, you’ve never read the Bible.

What are your thoughts?  How can we keep victory from defeating us?

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