NIKE – Guest Editorial by Ron Harding

The Definition of Victory:

  1. Achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties
  2. The overcoming of an enemy or antagonist


From Wikipedia: “Victory (from Latin victoria) is a term, originally applied to warfare, given to success achieved in personal combat, after military operations in general or, by extension, in any competition. Success in a military
campaign is considered a strategic victory, while the success in a military engagement is a tactical victory.

In terms of human emotion, victory is accompanied with strong feelings of elation, and in human behavior is often accompanied with movements and poses paralleling threat display preceding the combat, associated with the excess endorphin built up preceding and during combat. Victory dances and victory cries similarly parallel war dances and war cries performed before the outbreak of physical violence.”

Is it getting what you want, making lots of money, getting the girl, getting the job, having the house of your dreams, or getting that new car? Maybe it’s seeing your kids succeed or having a great marriage. After coming into the Kingdom many get fooled by selfishly ambitious false teaching and begin to believe that baptizing many people or marrying a Christian, or getting a leadership position are victories, rather than realizing that those blessings are not victories in and of themselves, but rather the product of having the Spiritual Victories of Belief/Faith, Hope, and Love for God. Whoever you are, however you were raised, whatever goals you have, you have your own unique definition of having victory in your life. As disciples of Jesus our goal should be to define victory the way God defines it in the Bible. While we create our own definition and plans for victory, God has since the beginning of time given us his definition and descriptions of victory.

Throughout the entire New Testament, when the Bible speaks of victory it describes different aspects of overcoming – observing the world and overcoming the evil one with our faith. The greek words for Victory and to overcome are:

NT:3529 – nike (nee’-kay); apparently a primary word; conquest (abstractly), i.e. (figuratively) the means of success: Translated as Victory

NT:3528 – nikao (nik-ah’-o); from NT:3529; to subdue (literally or figuratively): translated as conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.

Through these two words, God describes several aspects of Victory, according to His Word. In 1 John 4:1-6 the Apostle John writes, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

John teaches us that Victory is overcoming the spirits of false teaching. He inspires us with helping us understand that the Holy Spirit which lives inside us is greater than the spirit through which false teachings come.


In 1 John 5:3-5 he continues, “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” In further definition John helps us understand that the victory is overcoming the world by our love for God – Obeying His commands – which comes through our Faith and belief that Jesus is Lord!

When a sporting team continually overcomes the challenges presented by their opponents and is more successful they may win a division championship, the World Series, NBA title, or a Superbowl. But in the spiritual world we get other prizes for our spiritual victory. Each time he builds conviction by stating “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”

  • “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
  • “He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” Revelation 2:11
  • “To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” Revelation 2:17
  • “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star.” Revelation 2:26-29
  • “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.” Revelation 3:5
  • “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.” Revelation 3:12-13
  • “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21
  • The Lord then says, “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Revelation 21:6-7.


We also learn that our savior Jesus will fight for our victory, “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings — and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14

With all that the Lord has done in each of our lives we should be so inspired to have the Spiritual Victory. Let us add to our faith, believe Jesus is Lord and love Him by obeying His commands. Then we will overcome the evil one and the World and win all of the prizes, which are eternal and can never be taken away. Then as we worship the King together we can all shout and chant “NIKE!”

Ron Harding

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