Never the Victim

As the pressures of life intensify we can too easily forget that we live, at this very moment, seated with Christ in the ultimate place of victory.

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The redeemed are never the victim of anything. We live and move and have our being in the victory Jesus obtained for all who follow Him. To assume we are victims will cause us to draw on earthly solutions to solve the spiritual issues that are at the core of all human suffering. Victims sound and act alike. They employ the same language and limited resources of a defeated person to define and solve the problems of the world – problems only Jesus can resolve. 

We are about to enter a season of great uncertainty where our peace will be tested. What seemed like sure victories may not occur as predicted. To view what is coming as a defeat will reveal we have aligned with the wrong spirit – a spirit whose mission is to manifest the depression and resignation of a victim. 

The Church must never give in to the mentality of victimhood. That choice will smother an overcoming faith. It also demeans the majesty of the Lord’s death, resurrection, and enthronement.

As the pressures of life intensify we can too easily forget that we live, at this very moment, seated with Christ in the ultimate place of victory.  “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). To call ourselves a victim when we are seated in a place of victory is the ultimate of contradictions.

When Paul was defining the painful things that could take place in this life that would allow a believer to assume a victim mentality, he wrote these profound words of correction, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8: 37). There is no room for victimhood in the heart of someone who is seated with Christ Jesus in Heaven, no matter what they might face in this life. We are never a victim.


This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Garris Elkins

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Garris Elkins is a Kingdom Winds Contributor. He and his wife, Jan, serve the global Church through writing, speaking, and mentoring. They live in southern Oregon, tucked away in the foothills of the Rogue Valley. Their shared desire is to have each person learn how to hear the heart of God and become a transforming voice in their culture.