Victory

I was encouraged by a quotation from a book I’m currently reading. The author gives a good reminder about the source of victory in the Christian life.

He is the source of all victory that you desire. The question is, do you see God as the only source of all your help? If you don’t, you will feel overwhelmed and defeated from the outset. I experienced this feeling as a young pastor. I had assumed the pastorate of a church twice as big as the one I had just left. I remember walking into the new auditorium and thining, “How can I ever lead such a church? I am so weak and incapable.” I was beginning to sink in a mire of depressing, defeatist thoughts when I was struck with the recollection of an unfamilar Scripture. I had to look it up in a concordance to assure myself that it was in fact in the Bible: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thess. 5:24). How my heart was encouraged when I focused my thoughts on God’s power instead of my frailty.

Jim Binney in The Ministry of Marriage, (Greenville: BJU Press, 2003), 18.