What are the dangers of victory? - Victory - TouchPoints

What are the dangers of victory?

1 Corinthians 10:12If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.

Deuteronomy 8:11-12, 14Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands. . . . When you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in . . . be careful. Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God.

1 Kings 19:1-41When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal.2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there.4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

After a victory is when you are most vulnerable. Pride can make you feel overconfident, and when there is no longer a big goal to push toward, you lose motivation. Opposition that often follows victory can catch you by surprise, as it did Elijah, and reveal deep insecurity or momentary weakness. You can’t afford to stop relying on God for a moment.

2 Samuel 21:15Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted.

Exodus 18:14, 18Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening? . . . You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.”

Sometimes you feel burnt out at the end of a project or a great personal victory. When you are stretched in every direction for too long, you lose focus and can’t do anything well. Adequate sleep, good nourishment, and asking for help will refresh you so that you can be ready to face the next challenge of life with new vision and energy.

1 Samuel 24:4-7“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. “The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done that to my lord the king,” he said to his men. “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.

Matthew 16:26-27And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.

Some “victories” are simply too costly. Angry debates, insults, accusations, verbal manipulation, and character assassination are some of the ways we try to make ourselves and our agenda the “winner.” But victory isn’t worth wounding people to achieve it. If you have to abuse or take advantage of people to achieve your goals, you have not scored a victory at all.