Gary with his granddaughters
Jesus gave His all, so we could all walk in victory. Yes, it is a faith venture. Like those faith adventurers in the Bible, there are great challenges, but even greater victories!
So where do all Christians live? Spiritually speaking, we all live on Victory Ground. It may not look like it, it may not feel like it, but if a person has surrendered to the Lord Jesus, he is most assuredly living on Victory Ground. Because God has “raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:6)
“Heavenly places” is another name for Victory Ground.
The ground of our victory is the work of Jesus on Calvary. There, the scripture tells us, he spoiled principalities and powers and openly showed them to be defeated and triumphed over them. And in that process of disarming them (spoiling them) he removed the effect of the work of those principalities and powers against us. Thereby, he made his victory to be our victory, as well.
If his death delivers us from sin, and it most certainly does, then his resurrection puts us on Victory Ground. You cannot pick and choose. You cannot say, “I have been saved by his death, I have been delivered from sin,” and also say, “but I am not very victorious, there just seems to be no victory in my life.” That may be the way you are living, but it is not really the case. It is a case of believing the lie of Satan.
Before the battle of Jericho (Joshua 6), Joshua had a vision. He saw a man with a drawn sword. Joshua asked him, “Are you for us or against us.” The man revealed himself as the Commander of the army of the Lord, and said, “I have given you the city of Jericho.” We need to get a vision of our Commander and hear him say, “I have given you the victory.” That is exactly what he has done (Colossians 2:10-16), and Paul rejoices to say, “Thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus!” ( 2 Corinthians 2:14)
2 Corinthians 2:20 tells us “all the promises in him are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’.” Those promises are not for talking God into something. They are given to us to remind us that we are on Victory Ground.
We are on Victory Ground because of what Jesus did for us. It is not by anything that we have done. We cannot say, “Because I have done this or that, I am on Victory Ground.”
Instead we are told that it was “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5)
We can enjoy it or not. We can take advantage of it or ignore it. But we cannot make it happen. When we surrender to Jesus, God “causes us to sit in heavenly places with him.” (Ephesians 2: 6)