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Defeatism!

We have an “adversary” (1 Peter 5:8); and we should not be ignorant of his devices. His devices include the following:

·         Discrediting – He discredits God, the word, and the Christian.

·         Distraction – He endeavors to cause us to take our eyes off the ultimate goal and strives to get us to seek immediate gratification of fleshly desires (to literally choke on needless things – Luke 8:14).

·         Division – His strategy is to ‘divide and conquer’ (Galatians 5:15).

·         Delay – If we must do God’s will, he encourages us to just do it later; wait for a more “convenient time” (Proverbs 27:1; Acts 24:25; James 4:13).  

·         Defeatism – or discouragement (the opposite of encouragement).

Story - The devil, according to legend, once advertised his tools for sale. When the prospective buyers assembled they found one oddly shaped tool labeled, “Not for sale”. When asked, Satan explained, “I can spare my other tools, but not this one. It is called discouragement, and with it I can work my way into the hearts otherwise inaccessible. When I get this tool into a man’s heart, the way is open to plant anything there I desire”.

Pessimism – Expects the worst (A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view); however, does not always prepare for it. It often predicts, and sees obstacles and can cause one to give up prior to encountering them. It forgets that all can consider, choose, and do!

Biblical Examples of Defeatism

Overcoming Defeatism

Romans 10:17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

1 Thessalonians 1:3remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father”

Ephesians 3:20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us

  1. The power of wisdom and revealed knowledge – Ephesians 1:15-19.
  2. The power demonstrated by the resurrection of Jesus the Christ – Ephesians 1:20.
  3. The power demonstrated when God sat Him at His right hand – Ephesians 1:20-23.

This is the power that works in all of us who have loved His appearing (Ephesians 3:20, 2 Timothy 4:8); hence, He is able to do in us exceedingly and abundantly. Think about the kind of person that His word characterizes and that we would like to be. God, with our cooperation, can make that happen!

Read: Psalms 23:1; Romans 8:31-39; 14:4; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Philippians 2:13; 4:13; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 9.  

Conclusion

When Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery took over the defeated British forces in Africa during World War II, he remarked to General Ismay: “It’s a sad thing that a professional soldier can reach the peak of generalship and then suffer a reverse which ruins his career”. Ismay replied, “Don’t be depressed, it may be that you will win through.” Montgomery replied, “My dear fellow, I’m not talking about myself. I am talking about Rommel”.

When Lord Nelson reported to the British Admiralty his great victory over the French fleet in the battle of the Nile, he said, “Victory was not a large enough word to describe what took place”.

When Paul reported on the victory we can have in Christ, he said in essence, the word “conqueror” is not large enough word to describe the victory before us, note:

Romans 8:37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

Be a Victor, not a Victim!!!