Small Victory and Complacency

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Authority, Faith
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Colossians 1:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 [And this He will do] provided that you continue to [a]stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [b][as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven, and of which [Gospel] I, Paul, became a minister.

As I think about today’s topic I am reminded of the need to stay in faith. Many believers get small victories and they get distracted. Their eyes and mind stay on the victory and they begin to get complacent and lazy. They feel as if they’ve won the entire war. The believer will start taking off his armor after the small victory. This is a grave mistake! Why? Because after a small victory the enemy is going to come even harder at you, and he is going to try to make your testimony of the small victory of no effect. See after you testify about how God has blessed you, the enemy will come and try to get your testimony. Why? Because he does not like to be defeated. He is a sore loser!

God never told us to take off our armor. God has instructed us to keep our armor on continually and He also wants us to keep standing. Why? So that you can get the big victory! Ephesians 6:13-18 King James Version (KJV) 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

So many times I watch people get the small victory only to get defeated and quit just before the big victory. What do I mean? There are people who need healing and as things start to change in their life they get excited and testify of God’s goodness. Then a month rolls by yet they are not completely healed. Five months roll by and you can see that the determination they had months ago is now dwindling. A month longer and they quit and they revert back to their old ways and lifestyle just to miss the blessing by a day or even a month.

Church it’s time to stop being lethargic or even complacent after you get a small victory. God wants you to get the big victory! He wants you to persevere and continue in faith. God wants you to keep your armor on! After your victory is when another attack will come. I can say this because I have experienced it and I have also observed others experience it as well. The devil wants to see how much you believe of what you’ve testified.

When you testify do you believe what you say. People will come up and say God is good, go through an attack, then ask God where are you? Speak words like “I don’t see you, I don’t hear you, are you there?” This is a sign of a person who does not wear their armor, does not pray continually, is irresolute and double-minded.

I encourage you to stay firm in the Word of God! Stand in faith! Believe what you testify! Never, never back down back down in the midst of a showdown. The devil wants to steal your testimony and your goods. Don’t give in or become lazy. Praise God for the small victories and stand until you receive the big victories.

Scripture Study: Romans 10:17

Be Blessed!

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