God gives victory.
Sometimes the victory is miraculous and awesome in our eyes, and for a few minutes we are amazed and wonder at His power.
But often the victory, though no less monumental, is not the victory of a champion but the training of the soldier.
It occurs in the strength to take one more step.
It lives in the love to cover one more hurt.
It thrives in the faith that trusts in adversity and the courage to believe when faced with hopelessness.
It may hide in the willpower to reject that slice of pie or study the extra hour.
This victory continues through hardships and remains steadfast in the darkest hour.
Each time we experience such victory, we gain a little more muscle in the soul and a little more fuel in the heart.
Each victory, big or small, grandiose or mundane, is a gift of love from the Father.
If you are not feeling victorious today, look around and see how far God has brought you.
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
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57