Preparing for AFTER the Victory

Ray Pechardo
2 Samuel 10:17-19  And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him. v.18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there. v.19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.


In our Christian life we are going to experience victories! There will be victories in our jobs, with our health, with our finances, and different family situations, etc. All because we have victory in Christ!

1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:4-5  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. v.5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Romans 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.


We should all desire the victories in our Christian life simply because we’re on the winning side! God wants us to live the victorious Christian life, and it is very much possible with the help of Christ…BUT a lot of tragedies in life happen AFTER the victories!


The Bible records several stories of tragedies after the victories.

Elijah—1 Kings 18

1 Kings 18:38-40  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. v.39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. v.40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

But….

1 Kings 19:1-4  And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. v. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. v.3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. v.4  But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Jephthah—Judges 11

Judges 11:30-33  And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,  v.31  Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. v.32  So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands. v.33  And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

But….

Judges 11:34-35  And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. v.35  And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.


* About five or six years ago, we experienced this in our ministry—we saw a great victory, only to end up losing many families!


This is what happened to King David. 2 Samuel 8 records victories after victories after victories. 2 Samuel 10 mentions victories against 700 chariots, 7,000 men, 40,000 horsemen! But chapter 11 records “David’s Great Sin” that resulted in the death of his son and a very shameful testimony.


2 Samuel 12:14  Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

Here are a few thoughts on how we can prepare for AFTER the victory:


1. Don’t let your guard down.


To “put your guard down” means:

-To relax your defensive posture, which would leave you vulnerable to attack

-To become less guarded or vigilant; to stop being cautious about potential trouble or danger

-To stop guarding oneself against trouble; to relax one's vigilance


2 Samuel 11:1  And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.


The Bible says in 2 Samuel 11:1 that when kings were supposed to go forth to battle, David tarried still. Spiritually speaking, after a BIG DAY or after seeing people get saved in our bus route, after God allowed us to have those victories, we should NEVER let our guard down! We should keep doing what we’re supposed to do. Keep walking with God, keep praying, keep reading our Bible, and keep going to church. We cannot take any spiritual breaks!


2. Don’t let the Enemy get an advantage over you.


2 Corinthians 2:11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

2 Samuel 11:1-2  And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.  v.2  And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.


One way we are letting the enemy have an advantage over us is through idleness! David, instead of getting busy fighting the enemies of God, tarried STILL at Jerusalem. We’ve heard it many times that “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.” Idleness has caused a lot of harm to so many Christians. Be very careful not to have too much idle time!


3. Do extra praying and praising to God!


2 Samuel 22:1-4  And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: v.2  And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; v.3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. v.4  I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.


One of the best ways we can prepare for AFTER the victory is to do extra praying and praising to God. This is us acknowledging that He is the only one responsible for all the victories we have in our life.

“A story was shared with me about a Pastor in Singapore, who after big days in their church would spend the next few hours in prayer, fully aware that a tragedy might follow after the victory!”

The Christian life is full of victories because of Christ, but if we’re not careful, we can suffer major tragedy and setback. Instead of going forward, we might end up going backward. Let’s enjoy the victories that God gives us—but at the same time, we need to be prepared for potential tragedy AFTER each victory.

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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