What Drives You To Victory?

What Drives You To Victory??
Did you know that we were created to live a life of victory and overcome ANYTHING that life tries to throw our way? This is something that I have been thinking on this past week, and I have found such revelation in.
I’ve been doing a study on shame and guilt and what that does to paralyze the Church, as a whole. And, in this study, one of the first questions that it asks is What motivates my efforts for victory ~ the fear of failure or the fullness of self worth? Did you know that everyone is driven by one of these two things? We try so hard at life, and situations in life, for one of two reasons ~ either we are fearful and looking for acceptance or we are fulfilled and looking for a way to make a difference in the world around us.
What drives you? Is it that you fear failure and need to just be accepted? Do you have a real desire to make sure in everything you do, no matter what, you don’t allow (or want) anyone to see you make a mistake or fail at a decision or action that you do? Did you know that fear is, in my books, the greatest crippler of all? It causes us to stand still or turn around and run from the very thing that we should understand we’ve already overcome!
In Romans 8:15, it says, “I do not need fear to motivate me for God has not given me a spirit that makes me ‘a slave again to fear for I have received the Spirit of Sonship’.” Our response to victory is mostly based upon circumstances that have happened in our childhood and what our belief system was taught. We want, more than anything, as children, to feel loved, nurtured, secure & the like, and will usually perform, if that’s what it takes, to make that happen.
We usually base our relationship with the Father upon those significant relationships in our life, such as our earthly father, mother, grandparents, siblings, and other family and friends that have played a vital part in helping create us to become who we ultimately grow up to be.
However, the last part of that verse in Romans says, “God has not given me a spirit that makes me a slave again to fear”. That means that, at our time of salvation, we inherit ALL that it takes to live a life of fulfillment and worthiness, and more importantly VICTORY! We no longer have to find our acceptance in what other’s think or don’t think, what society says we should or shouldn’t be, or even what those we are closest to label us as. We can be assured that our Heavenly Father is totally & radically in love with us and has equipped us, as His kids, with EVERYTHING that we need to live a life victoriously and shame free! WOW!!
See, after processing all that, it gives me worth that I can NOT find in man, but in a Father who looks at me with a passion that I cannot get from anyone else. Why do you think that He is jealous for us? Maybe it’s because we are guilty of trying to find our fulfillment and worth in places it was never meant to be found. The very last part of the verse above says, “for I have received the Spirit of Sonship”. That tells me that as a son/daughter of Daddy that our value no longer comes from our ability to perform, but comes from just walking in the identity of being His kid. It means that, not a title, job, or label defines us, but the simplicity of just being His, and we realize we have all that is needed to live a peaceful and fulfilled life! That is a freeing and powerful thought!
So, I challenge you to do what Daddy has instructed me to do. Take inventory of what drives you. What makes you respond and act like you do? Is it a spirit of fear and a need to be accepted? Or, is it that you feel totally accepted and fulfilled and as His child, you look for ways to change the world around you? This will allow you to be bold and productive in the daily assignments that He gives us to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth!
Blessings to you all!