Eric_EnglishThe Webster’s defines triumph as “the condition of being victorious.”  That sounds like the victory we all strive for, but few walk in.

We idolize sports athletes who have a history of winning, because it is what we value.  We work for organizations who have a track record of success because we want to be on a winning team.  Yet most people struggle with feeling average and insignificant.  We measure our potential for success through our natural ability.

The Lord is the ultimate victor.  From every Old Testament battle, to the cross, he used average people (Jesus included) to do extraordinary things.  We see this “condition of being victorious” continue through the apostles as they build the church in the new testimony.

What are the ingredients that surround those who are Biblically and eternally successful?

1. You must believe that God wants you successful.  If we do not see God as a provider, leader, partner and facilitator of our success, then we believe we are wrestling against God to find success.  God wants you to live in a place of victory!

2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place

2. God uses average people who allow themselves to be used by Him.  Joseph, Moses, Gideon, David, Jesus and the disciples were all disadvantaged by the standards of the world.  They were aware of their natural inability yet understood God working through them would produce great things.  It is the understanding of your limitations combined with the acceptance of His ability working through you which produces extraordinary results.

 3. Confidence is key.  When we wallow in doubt, we allow faith to leak from us like air from a tire.  A lack of confidence grows as we focus on the circumstances or our natural abilities.  Faith grows when we see Jesus for who He really is.

Hebrews 12:2

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus even takes responsibility to author and finish our faith!  We just have to keep our eyes fixed on him.  When we do, our faith grows.

Philippians 1:6

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Today, know that He isn’t finished!  He is molding and completing you, and delivering victories in your life. In Christ you are the champion you’ve always dreamed of being.