“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

Have you failed? Is there a sin that easily besets you? Do you feel like a weakened coward, unable to get the victory over secret sin? But with that weakness in you, is there also a consuming hunger for God? Do you yearn for Him, reach to Him? That hunger and thirst is the key to your victory. That makes you different from all others who have been guilty of failing God. That sets you apart. You must keep that hunger alive. Keep thirsting after righteousness. Never justify your weakness, never give in to it, and never accept it as a part of your life.

Faith is your victory. Abraham had weaknesses; he lied, almost turning his wife into an adulteress. But Abraham "believed God, and it was counted unto him as righteousness." God refused to hold his sin against him—because he believed!

Sure, you have failed. Maybe yesterday—or even today! But do you believe Jesus has the power to ultimately free you from sin's power? Do you believe the cross of Jesus means sin's bondage is broken? Do you accept the fact that He has promised to deliver you from the snare of Satan?

Let me tell you exactly where I believe the victory lies. Let your heart accept all the promises of victory in Jesus. Then let your faith tell your heart, "I may not be what I want to be yet but God is at work in me, and He has the power to loose sin's hold on me. It may be little by little, but the day will come when faith will conquer. I will not always be a slave. I am not the devil's puppet and I will not be his victim. I am a weak child of God, wanting the strength of Jesus. I am going to come forth as pure gold tried in the fire. God is for me! I commit it all to Him who is able to keep me from falling and present me faultless before the throne of God—with exceeding great joy."