Ep 47 – How God Wants Us to Win
By: Rylee Meek, host of the King’s Council Podcast and co-founder of King’s Council Coaching
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How God Wants Us All to Win
Welcome back to another week of the King’s Council Podcast. Today we’re going to dive into the philosophy of winning, and how God has created all of us to win.
I grew up as a diehard Packers fan. One of Vince Lombardi’s famous sayings was “winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” That became my philosophy as I was growing up. If you’re going to play, you’re going to play to win. If we’re going to go at it, we’re going to be our best.
Nowadays, I feel like a lot of Christians have unfortunately been conditioned to believe that winning isn’t important. Or they even believe this complete fallacy that winning is unbiblical.
The truth is, God has created us to win. Not just spiritually, but also financially, professionally, relationally, and in every area of life. But may have to ask yourself: How do we go about winning?
God Created Us to Succeed
First, let’s take a look at Genesis 1:26. God says, “let us make man in our image after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
So God created man, meaning us, in his own image. God is a winner, so if man was made in God’s image and likeness, then we are designed and destined to be winners.
If you look at Genesis 1:28, it said, “God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” That sounds like a win. God has created us to win from the beginning of time.
Remember That We Are Only a “Little Lower” Than God
So let’s take a look at some psalms now. In chapter eight, verses four and five, it says, “what is mankind that you are mindful of them. Human beings that you care for them. You’ve made them a little lower than angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”
The word “angels” is actually the Hebrew word “Elohim.” And that’s also the Hebrew word for God. So the translation can be misunderstood. If we actually look at the Hebrew word “Elohim,” the new American version of the Bible gets this right by saying, “yet thou hast made him a little lower than God.”
Not a little lower than angels, but a little lower than God himself. So, God created us to be in a position of authority. A lot of Christians have been deceived into thinking that a losing lifestyle makes them somehow more spiritual. But there is absolutely nothing noble about losing.
Losing and choosing to live that kind of life doesn’t make you any holier or spiritual than anybody else. In fact, I would actually argue that it only makes you more dependent on other people. Ultimately, it’s going to leave you unfulfilled.
What Does Winning Mean For a Christian?
Now, this doesn’t mean that we have to adopt a cutthroat, win at any cost mentality. Winning for a believer has a different meaning, and it is God’s concept of winning.
But what does that actually look like?
According to the world’s way of thinking, when someone wins, it means that somebody else has to lose. That’s an exclusive mentality.
We are operating by kingdom principles. First of all, winning is not exclusive. Winning can be for everyone. There’s room at the top for everyone in God’s system of winning. You may have heard the old saying that “it’s lonely at the top.”
I’m here to tell you it’s only lonely at the top if you don’t take anyone with you. We are here to win, but we are going to do it together.
Remember to Dominate Circumstances, Not Other People
Secondly, instead of dominating other people, a godly winner dominates circumstances. In the kingdom of God, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and the rulers of the darkness of this world.
God’s winners understand that he hasn’t promised dominion over other people, but he’s guaranteed dominion over problematic circumstances and the demonic forces behind them.
God’s concept of winning is good news for everyone. In Romans 8:37, it says, “joyfully we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Some of you may start to think, “well yeah, I’ll be a winner some day because my reward is in heaven.”
Of course, we have an eternal reward waiting for us in heaven, but God’s provision of victory applies to every human on this earth right now.
We just have to desire it and step into it.
We can be winners in the mental, emotional, physical, relational, and financial pillars in our life here on earth.
How Can God’s Winners Succeed In Life?
So let’s get practical in this. How do you apply this into your own life? It’s one thing to know that God wants you to be a winner, but it’s certainly another one to know how to become one. How do we actually become that winner?
Philippians is a book about winning. Paul the Apostle experienced a lot of difficulties in his life, but he never lived under his circumstances. Instead, he always lived above them, and he controlled them. So how did he do this? How did he learn to be a winner?
No matter what hardships he endured, Paul still had control of his thoughts.
He knew that he had been chosen by God for a special purpose. Just like Paul, you too have a unique, divine, appointed purpose. If you want to be a winner, you must pursue that destiny and upward calling in life.
How Can You Press Towards Your Divine Destiny?
The last piece of scripture I want to examine is this… Paul goes on to say “that I press on toward the goal for the prize of that upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
So let’s talk about what it means to “press.” If you just look at the word itself, it means to expend maximum sustained effort. In order to be a winner, we’ve got to press toward a particular goal. Believers who press toward the wrong goal never make it to the winner’s circle. Pressing means to make an all-out effort.
When you think about what makes a person press, you’ll realize that it’s a mindset. You have to believe that the effort is worth the result. If you’re not willing to press on when the going gets tough, you’re just going to quit and fail.
But what about the prize? What is the prize of the upward calling of God? In a nutshell, it’s life, right? There’s eternal life. The Greek word used to describe this kind of life is “Zoe.” It’s a word that refers to the very life of God himself. God’s word says that you have that life inside of you. I believe that this “Zoe” life is the prize that God has made available to us, not just in heaven, but right now on earth. It can be ours now.
The Key to Finding Your Upward Calling
To experience this fullness of life on earth, you’re going to have to pursue and embrace God’s upward calling for your life. Yet, it’s different for each of us, and you may be struggling to find it.
Your upward calling and divine destiny touches every area of your existence: your job, your business, your relationship with your spouse, your kids, your health, your physical well-being, and your material wealth. It’s a place of great influence.
The desires that God has given you are something that you can press towards. But first, you’re going to have to set those goals and focus on them. As you do this, God’s dream or that upward calling will come into view. God will keep on propelling you towards your dream until one day, you’re going to look around and find that you’ve arrived at that upward calling for your life.
You were made to win. Let’s make this year a winning year by implementing these kingdom principles into your own life.