A Defeated Life
19th APRIL 2022
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” 1 John 5:4 NLT
No Christian is meant to live a defeated life— God’s sacrifice and Christ’s obedience on the cross made sure of that. One of the many benefits we enjoy from Christ’s finished work is victory on every side. This includes victory in the fulfilment of destiny and purpose. However, when this is not identified and utilised daily, defeat becomes inevitable. Defeat in the context of our purpose occurs when God’s glory is not manifested through our lives, by means of the use of our talents, skills, and gifting. We live a defeated life when we fail to discover our purpose and therefore, as a consequence, we fail to also dedicate our every waking moment to the fulfilment of the said purpose. When we fail to fulfil the ministry of reconciliation through the realisation of our purpose, we live a defeated life.
“You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.” Judges 13:5 NLT. This was Samson’s life purpose, however, due to disobedience, he fell and subsequently died at the hands of the very people he was meant to save his kinsmen from. Samson failed to heed the instructions that were tied around his birth and purpose, and this spelt the beginning of the end of his victories, conquests and eventually his life. When we do not live our lives in pursuit of our purpose, we fall for anything the devil throws at us in a bid to distract us from the accomplishment of our purpose.
Our time is wasted on temporary perishing things, and our lives are lived in never-ending vicious cycles. Picture a dog chasing its own tail, this is what our lives begin to look like. This is what living a life of defeat looks like — we become liabilities rather than profits to the kingdom of God. Samson prayed “Let me die with the Philistines” because he had come to understand how useless life is without purpose. A strong, mighty, and unbeatable warrior and judge of Israel ended up a prisoner, with eyes gouged out, bound with bronze chains, and forced to grind grain in prison.
We are called to live out our purpose in victory and not live lives of defeat. May it not be said of us that we allowed the distractions of this world to derail our fulfilment of destiny and purpose. May we at the end of our lives, like Paul, be able to say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT
Thank You, God, that I live a life of victory in Christ, as I fulfil my purpose with the help and partnership of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Further Reading: Ephesians 6:13
Bible In One Year: 1 Chronicles [25–28]