The Victory of Faith

Do you wear Nike shoes?  If you watch TV, I know you’ve seen a Nike commercial and heard the  slogan “Just Do It.”  But do you know what Nike means?  Did you know it is a Bible word?

In Greek mythology Nike was the goddess of victory, who presided over all military and athletic contests.  The Greek word nike” (nee’kay) is the word for victory in I John 5:4. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”

Those born of God will face conflicts, controversies, and confrontations.  We can either be conquered or we can be the conqueror.  But because we are born of God and  belong to God, we have the resources to be victorious in our various contests.  Consider these three applications.

 (1) Victory over Temptation.  The same writer warned about the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15).  Many a Christian has fallen prey to these foes.  But through our faith in the Faith we can achieve victory.  Sometimes our surrender to temptation is excused with the refrain, “I am only human.”  True.  But through faith, God has given us super human resources to fight and find victory. God has promised a means of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). You can win the battle with temptation.  Just do it!                

(2) Victory over the “thorns of the flesh.”  Paul spoke of his struggle with the “thorn” in 2 Cor. 12:7-10.   We’re not told the nature of his thorn, but it was hurting Paul.  It was something Satan used to impede his progress, to hamper his effectiveness and frustrate his faithfulness.  But Paul prayed.  God didn’t remove the thorn.  But through God’s grace and Paul’’s faith, he found the strength to subdue the troubling thorn.

Through grace and faith, we too, can be victorious over the thorns of sickness, pain, personal problems and vexing circumstances.  You can win the battle with the “thorns of the flesh.”  Just do it! 

 (3) Victory over discouragement.   Discouragement can sap the strength out of us.  It can deplete our energies, exhaust us physically, drain us mentally and weaken us spiritually.  Discouragement is a device of the Devil.  It undermines the love in our homes, cripples the work of the church and enfeebles our faithfulness.

Yet, we can muster the courage to overcome this fatal feeling.  Through our faith, we can see a brighter tomorrow and know that one day all of our troubles and trials will pale into insignificance when we see Jesus.  You can win the battle over discouragement.  Just do it!

Will you be vanquished or victorious?  The conquered or the conqueror? The choice is yours. The next time you put on your Nike shoes, remember that nike means victory.  Know that as a Christian you can experience the victory of faith.  And believe (that with God’s help), you can just do it!

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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2 responses to “The Victory of Faith

  1. Janice Grant - Chiefland

    A couple of years ago I was going through a really tough spot in life. I had the tendency to worry, a lot. I had prayed many times, but still found myself worrying, staying awake at night, etc. I knew I wasn’t having the faith I should be having to “let go and let God”. I began to pray and believe what I was praying, it was really hard to let go, but I finally figured it out. Thank you so much for reminding us how important faith is in our daily lives.

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