Continual victory, the life of joy in the Christian life has much to do with your perspective: your viewpoint of God and life. Any contention that we may live this life without pain, trouble or trial is, of course, unrealistic and unbiblical.
Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (John 16.33b Amplified)
As Christians, we can know victory, joy and peace even in the midst of what the world would label defeat, sorrow and chaos.
Pain, trouble and tribulation are givens. Our response is a choice. And our perspective determines our choice.
Consider David, pondering the vastness of the universe, when he wrote: “O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8.1,3-4)
That is perspective by choice, David’s choice, to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to David’s heart and to see God, His hand, and His work.
“Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw mud, one saw stars.”
What is your view of life, of God? Are you looking down, despairing of the mud or are you looking up, glorying in the stars?
Visit a planetarium, and you will notice the seats are designed for a semi-prone position. Once the show begins, the reason for the seating design is obvious. To take full advantage of the show, to become a part of the starry vastness displayed on the screen, you must become oriented to the screen, i.e. you must look up!
Consider your relative position to God: His greatness and our lowliness; His vastness and our puniness; His completeness and our total need for Him.
Perspective determines choice. We follow our eyes. Our feet, our attitudes, our life go in the direction of our eyes. The direction our feet travel is the real direction we have chosen. Upon what or whom have you fixed your gaze?
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion,
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. (Psalm 103.1-5 NASB)
Do you feel trapped in habitual sin? Look to the Father and know release. Are you weighed down by the worries of life? Look to the Father and your heart will be lifted by the effortless, unlimited power of God.