In 1968, Martin Luther King addressed a group of sanitation workers in Memphis, TN who needed encouragement in their fight against injustice and discrimination. These workers had been in an intense battle with the city and were perhaps beginning to become discouraged. Dr. King encouraged them to see the victory:
“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land! And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”
Just as Dr. King addressed the crowd that night in 1968, so we must be courageous in this spiritual fight we face today. We must see what the victory looks like in our hearts and minds and with that vision, we must press on. So what does victory look like? Let’s take just a moment and think about it.
1. Victory involves every man, woman, boy, and girl on this planet having a quality opportunity to respond to the Good News of God’s love for them and to the invitation He gives them to break free from a life of sin and death and walk in abundant life.
2. Victory is every one on this planet knowing that God thinks they are special and has a great plan for their lives.
3. Victory is no one abandoned, forgotten, or abused, but instead loved as God would have them loved.
4. Victory is truth embraced. We cannot allow the powers of darkness to dictate to our educational systems. Christians must declare truth: God made man, man fell into sin, and God has provided a way out of bondage. The way out is through Jesus and faith in Him.
5. Victory is poverty addressed. No one should be left hungry while others fret over what yacht to buy. There is nothing wrong with wealth, but it must be used to bless others.
6. Victory is disease eliminated. God has provided through His Son a path to healing. When we combine the prayer of faith along with godly doctors rightly using medicine, we can bring hope to the physically broken.
7. Victory is every community living in peace and godly unity. Let us unite to provide clean drinking water, freedom from gang violence, and opportunities to utilize God-given talents in the arts, music, and business. But always keep God at the forefront.
Some of you may think that I’m being unrealistic with these dreams. But I say to you, if God is calling you to help in one of these areas, He will empower you to do it. In the upcoming months, I will reveal some new and exciting ways for us to partner together and see a dream become reality and defeat become victory.