God is not a God of defeat, but rather a God of glorious victory! The book of Revelation details the final, victorious way He establishes His authority and His glorious kingdom. After wiping out His enemies and uniting all things under Christ (Ephesians 1:22), He sits on His glorious throne and declares
It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.Revelations 21:6
Certainly, the world had a beautiful beginning with the wonder of a perfect creation and the glory of humans created in God’s image. But the ensuing sin, chaos, and devastating pain that followed can sometimes make us doubt that God is truly a God of victory.
In this beautiful Revelation verse, and many other Bible verses about victory in Jesus found throughout Scripture, God reminds us – His beautiful beginning will have a victorious end!
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God will one day subdue every enemy that has set itself against Him, including Satan,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then together with all the believers, we will declare…
Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.Revelations 19:6
Not only can we look forward to God’s final victory, we can enjoy His victory right now. He has given us victory in Jesus by defeating death and sin on the cross. In Colossians 2:13-15 Paul reminds us,
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
This triumph, or victory, of Jesus is ours to share in! We are no longer guilty, no longer slaves to sin, and no longer under the power of death.
What Does It Mean To Be Victorious in the Bible?
Victory, in the Bible, is achieved only through God’s strength. Scripture holds countless examples of people who tried to achieve things on their own only to miserably fail.
This sinful act started with Satan, who tried to achieve equality with God, and then with Adam and Eve, who tried to achieve knowledge of good and evil without God. It spread to all mankind, as sinful humanity tried again and again to be victorious over their circumstances in their own strength.
However, God showed clearly throughout the course of history that He is the sole source of the strength and wisdom it takes to be victorious over opposition, often using those who were weak and inadequate so that His power was more evident and His glory shone more brightly in the ensuing victory.
In Psalm 20:8, David boldly declares,
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
In 2 Corinthians 4:7, we are reminded,
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Victory in the Bible comes not through human strength, but God’s strength.
Bible Verses About Victory in Jesus
Victory implies having an enemy, and while we are on this earth, we have Satan and the evil powers under him as our prime enemies, as well as, our own sinful nature warring against the new, holy nature Christ gave us.
Other sources of opposition include the ravaging effects of sin on this earth – trials, persecutions, diseases, conflicts, and more. Though the negative effects of these enemies are often allowed to touch us and make us suffer, as Satan was allowed to temporarily torment Job, God promises His children that nothing will permanently harm us and that in His power and wisdom, He will actually work everything out to our ultimate good –
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
Bible Verses About Victory in Life
The Bible promises us victory in life. This victory is not a promise of health and wealth – a guarantee of “smooth sailing” as long as we follow Jesus.
The victory we can 100% rely on during our lifetime is victory over sin in our lives. The blood of Jesus Christ has power to literally change us from the inside out – forgiving our sins, purifying our consciences, giving us confidence to enter God’s presence, and reorienting our desire to love and serve God rather than pursue sin.
We are also promised victory in evangelism as we spread the good news of Christ and lead more of the world to repentance and faith in Christ.
Of course, to the victor go the spoils. The reward that we are promised for running the race here on earth with holiness and faithfulness is gaining the desire of our hearts – seeing Jesus’ face.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13-14
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1 Corinthians 9:24
I press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Bible Verses About Victory Over Sickness
The final victory we have in Heaven will include victory over sickness and death. While on earth, Jesus gave us a taste of that by miraculously healing many of the people that came to Him. In specific situations, He also empowered the early church to experience miraculous healings to show the watching world that He was establishing His church on the earth.
Though healing from physical sickness is not a guarantee for a Christian and is dependent on God’s will and sovereign plan, we can and are encouraged to ask for physical, mental, and emotional healing. And wait expectantly for God to provide His own wise resolution to our problem.
Whether God intervenes and heals us or not, like in Paul’s case, who was given what he termed “a thorn in the flesh” (most likely an eye disease), and asked three times for it to be removed, we know that ultimately, our testimony to the Lord’s grace throughout our sickness is the true victory.
The Lord’s message to us is the same as to Paul,
My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness.2 Corinthians 12:9
And like Paul, our response should be:
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.2 Corinthians 12:10
Most encouraging is the nature of God – He is a God who delights in doing us good and in blessing us with health in every aspect of our lives.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. Matthew 4:23
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:14-16
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed, save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. Job 5:18
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. Acts 4:30
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4
Bible Verses About Victory Over Enemies
God delights in manifesting His strength through our weaknesses because this brings Him glory. Throughout Scripture, He is constantly defeating the physical enemies of His children, often in the most unexpected of ways.
We can find countless examples of people who defeated their enemies by trusting that God would come through for them in critical moments. Hebrews 11 is filled with famous Bible verses about victory in Jesus, victories accomplished through faith.
During the time of the church, we see that followers of Christ endured persecution and were sometimes given over to the power of their enemies. Even though our bodies may suffer, we have two key promises that redeem this suffering: firstly, the promise of resurrection and eternal life, and secondly, the promise of spiritual victory over our real enemies, the rulers of the darkness of this world.
God promises to fight for us, too.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19
For the Lord your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. Deuteronomy 20:4
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15
The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord. Proverbs 21:31
Bible Verses About Victory in Death
Perhaps the most stunning victory God grants us is victory over death. We have the promise that though these sinful bodies will eventually age and die, the victory Christ achieved on the cross included defeating physical death.
Because His blood was spilled, we are promised that the defeat of death is only apparent – in reality, death cannot keep us in its chains. We will be raised to eternal life and given new, glorified bodies that neither age nor die! Jesus has gone before us as our forerunner in allowing His body to die, only to rise from the dead in a glorified body three days after.
How do we know this promise will be kept and that death will not have the final say? In 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, we are told of our guarantee or “earnest”:
Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ and hath anointed us is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is our guarantee of final victory over death.
We can find so many scriptures on victory through the blood of Jesus that has guaranteed our triumph over death.
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:23-24
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelations 12:11
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
Stories of Victory in the Bible
The Bible is one big story of victory – God’s victory over sin and death.
But the Scriptures are also filled with amazing stories of God working victory through people. Think of the victorious way God used Moses to deliver His people Israel from the hand of the Egyptians, or the youthful David defeating a giant with a simple sling and some stones. Daniel was victorious over the ferocity of the lion’s den, while his friends stood in a burning furnace, untouched by the flames!
Even in captivity, God granted His people victory over Haman’s evil plans through the bravery of a simple girl-turned-queen. Time and again, the enemies of Israel did not prevail over them but were turned back in defeat.
Perhaps even more impressive are the Bible verses about victory in Jesus over spiritual forces found all over the New Testament. As the young, growing church faced persecutions and imprisonment and so much more. Just think of Peter’s miraculous escape from jail or Paul being bit by a poisonous snake and surviving!
God is not a God of defeat, but rather a God of glorious victory. No matter what things may look like in the moment, He WILL defeat all His enemies, establish His perfect kingdom, and reign as King of Kings, victorious over all.
At the moment of salvation when we cross over from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, we cross over to the winning side. Through the blood of Christ shed on the cross, we are immediately delivered from the guilt and power of sin in our lives and ultimately from the power of death.
Ours is a story with a happy ending, because we have a God of victory Who was, and is, and will be, victorious!
About the Author – Maria Whittaker
Maria Whittaker is a missionary wife and mama. Along with her husband Nathan, daughter Emory, and baby boy, she is serving on the mission field in Medgidia, Romania. Her heart is to encourage and speak truth to Christian women seeking godliness. Connect with her at The Spiritual Woman.