Dr. Craig L. Oliver
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”
H. Jackson Brown
We have a choice that has been set before us. We can either be victims who are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives or we can be victors who triumphantly overcome in every context of life. Regardless of the hand that you were forced to play I want you to emphaticallyproclaim “iWIN” and allow that to serve as the impetus behind your perception of yourself.
Very often the difference between winning and losing is not strength to overcome adversity, but rather it is the mindset to persevere. Perseverance necessitates a mindset that is resigned to stay the course regardless of the opposition. It is the rugged determination that is resolved to endure even in circumstances that may be uncomfortable and painful because of the assurance of victory on the other side of the journey. Perseverance is dogmatically declaring “iWIN” in a context that appears to be the antithesis of that declaration. It is the mindset that is resigned in its decision to hold firmly to faith when the surrounding conditions appear to suggest that it would be easier to give up!
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It is my sincere prayer that as Christians we are not sitting around like the proverbial ostrich with our heads stuck in the sand oblivious to what is happening in our world. In times like these we must be cognizant and aware of what is happening in the world around us and postured with an appropriate awareness that serves as a catalyst for action. Our response must reflect the love and maturity that comes from our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and the strategic trajectory that is rooted in an informed and balanced posture that seeks justice for everyone.
“Winning is a habit and so is losing.”
- Vince Lombardi
“i WIN” is a statement which articulates our audacious and tenacious faith that we will be victorious because we are connected to THE ULTIMATE WINNER, Jesus Christ and His redemptive work at Calvary. He defeated Death, Hell, and the Grave summarily demonstrating the superiority of His authority and power. The Bible declares in Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” The latter portion of the 8th chapter of Romans presents 4 prepositional truths that allow us to boldly proclaim that “i WIN” over opposition, accusation, condemnation, and debarment.
“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”
- Zig Ziglar
“i WIN” is a bold and resolute declarative statement that we make in relation to the triumphant victory we have in Jesus Christ. Through our declaration we announce to the world that we will walk through life as conquerors over any and all circumstances regardless of what they may look like. “i WIN” exemplifies our posture toward the various circumstances that we will encounter that bespeaks our unyielding faith that we will be absolutely triumphant in every area of our lives. Through Jesus Christ and His redemptive work wrought in our lives we can be unapologetic in our declaration “i WIN”.
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