VICTIM OR VICTOR—IT’S YOUR CHOICE!
I. POSITIONAL VICTORY VS. EXPERIENTIAL VICTORY
A. Victory—a 3 fold perspective: past, present & future
1. I have the victory 1Jn 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes
the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our
faith. Faith is the conduit that connects us to our victory that Jesus has
won for us.
Jn 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have
peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I
have overcome the world."
Rv 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My
throne, as I also over came and sat down with My Father on His
1Jn 2:14 I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong,
and the word of God abides in you, And you have over come the
1Jn 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have over come them,
because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. NKJV
2. I must appropriate the victory today.
Ro 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through
Him who loved us. NKJV
1Jn 5:5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that
Jesus is the Son of God?
Rv 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his
God and he shall be My son.
Col 4:17 And say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you
have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."
3. I will not have the victory totally until heaven.
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this
mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O Death,
where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" The sting of
death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will not have the victory over death until we get to heaven and get our
B. Walking daily in personal victory I think we would all agree that Jesus has the
victory and that we have that victory also—position ally but the real struggle is how
do we take our positional victory and make it personal experientially. 1Jn 5:4 For
whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has
overcome the world — our faith. It will take your faith to experience a personal
victory. What you focus on is what you worship and what you worship is what you
will become. Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever
things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any
virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.
II. CHARACTERISTICS OF A VICTIM MENTALITY
A. Definition: Victim-- 1. a person or animal killed as a sacrifice to a god; 2. Someone
or something killed; 3. One who suffers some loss; 4 Victimize—to make a victim
B. We have all been victims: generational sin, your sin, the sins of others
C. We have all been victims of Satan’s attacks: lie, kill & destroy
D. We have all been victims of society and government
E. A victim believes they have the right to be hurt.
F. A victim wants retribution and vengeance for the wrong.
G. A victim does not forgive or forget
H. A victim is offended
I. A victim has bitterness
J. A victim will harden his heart and his love will grow cold
K. A victim is focused on self
L. A victim always points at others as the problem
M. A victim blames other people and circumstances
N. A victim is always looking back to explain why he is in the situation he is in or why
he acts the way he acts.
O. A victim feels society, the government and even the pastor and churches owe
P. God will limit His blessing on us when we have a victim mentality
Q. You will live your experience, even your Christian experience, in a rut—never
seeming to get the victory.
R. As a victim you will only be concerned about your rights and your life
S. A victim will find it difficult to worship in spirit and truth.
T. Jesus Christ was the greatest victim ever but Jesus did not have a victim mentality.
III. CHARACTERISTICS OF A VICTOR MENTALITY
A. Definition: victor—the winner in a battle or contest; conqueror (is right after victim
in Webster’s Dictionary)
B. We can all be victors! Ro 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him who loved us.
C. Jesus made the way on the cross Heb 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are
surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the
race that is set before us, 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.
D. A victor has authority over the Devil 1Jn 4:4 You are of God, little children,
and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is
in the world.
E. A victor has no rights and therefore has to release his hurts.
F. A victor does not want vengeance or judgment for the wrong
G. A victor forgives and forgets the wrong done him.
H. A victor refuses to be offended
I. A victor refuses to get bitter
J. A victor will not harden his heart but will break his heart over the wrong
K. A victor will not focus on self but on God
L. A victor will not point his finger at others or the problem but will look to God for the
victory in it.
M. A victor will not blame other people or the circumstances
N. A victor will not keep looking back or use the past as an excuse for where he is
O. A victor will not use the past to explain why he acts the way he does. (you made
me do it)
P. God will pour out his blessing on us when we are a victor.
Q. A victor will never feel society, the government or the church or pastors owe them
R. A victor is never in a rut—every day is exciting and new.
S. A victim is never concerned about his life or his rights.
IV. VICTORS FINISH THE RACE
A. Take Heed! Col 4:17 And say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which
you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."
B. Keep your eyes on Jesus! 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our
faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross
C. Be faithful!
Rv 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome
them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him
are called, chosen, and faithful."
D. Continue to worship!
Marching and walking
Hissing and whistling Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him,
And shall hiss him out of his place. (Zech 10:8,9)
Proclaiming God’s Word
Praying in Tongues
Praying the blood of Jesus
A victor is a worshipper and a worshipper is a victor! You
are more than victorious in Christ and you are called to
worship the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul and
strength. Joshua and Caleb, who are of a different spirit,
were worshippers as David was and Paul and Silas sitting in
a prison cell after being beaten. Worship will break any
attack of the enemy and any work of your flesh. Do not be
lukewarm in this hour but be HOT for God!!