There was a mighty battle fought in the great state of Illinois this election season. It was fought by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for President Obama’s former senate seat. It was a big and important fight. And Giannoulias lost.
But the fact that he lost is not what I will remember about this election. I’ll remember his concession speech.
It made me think about the personal battles that we lose as Christians and what we say afterward. As people who are covered by an almighty God, there is no battle that we HAVE to lose. Again and again, the bible tells us that God grants us victory. Psalm 20:6 tells us that the LORD gives victory to his anointed. “He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.” Psalm 44:7 holds fast that God gives us victory over our enemies, and that He puts our adversaries to shame. We can be assured through Psalm 60:12 that “With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” And ultimately, in death, 1 Corinthians 15:57 tells us to give thanks to God! Because He gave us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
But those verses don’t speak to the fact that we feel defeated at times. We lose battles and feel like we lost the war. We go up against addictions — strongholds — and get crushed. We face the worst part of ourselves — pride, fear, jealousy and are overwhelmed by how much crap that we have to emotionally process through. We go to treatments for our illnesses and simply, the virus wins. We speak up for ourselves to our boss. FINALLY. And they make us feel absurd.
But what do we say afterward?
Do we simply roll over and die? Do we say: “yes, I am “X” and that’s all I’ll ever be?” Or, “this thing’s got me beat.” If so, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think we need to take a lesson from the politicians.
We need to acknowledge who fought the battle WITH us and thank them. We need to realize that the battle is HARD and exhausting, and then take a second to catch our breath. And we need to acknowledge the good that was done by fighting. And then, when we get the go ahead from God, and get intercessors and people around us again, we need to fight again. Maybe a little wiser. Maybe understanding that only God can have the victory. But without fear and full of passion and purpose.
And in the end, we have to know that there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, that Satan will be able to conquer us with. Jesus simply won’t let it happen.
I love you.