In order for victory to be manifest in our lives it must first be defined. How we define victory is going to go a long way in defining our Christian life, if we see victory as successfully living according to the worlds system, ie: having enough money to do what we want. If victory is defined by us as having a better life in this world, in any way, if that is the case then we don’t need Jesus, and are strangers to the life of GOD.
Victory in Christ is walking with God in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives. This life by nature goes against the grain, it is enmity with the world, the 13ht chapter of Hebrews is to whatever degree our life.
One question we all must ask ourselves at some point after becoming a Christian is, What is more important, my life, or the life of Jesus, because for the most part those two lives will not live congruently in me, one or the other must rule. The life of Christ will not rule in me if I am concerned for my own life “and they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony and the fact that they did not consider their lives something to be held onto”. The life that I was born into in Adam, the life that by it’s very nature falls short of the glory of God, is an easy life to live. It’s natural, as natural as breathing. I have lived enough in this life to know that I can never be perfect, I can never reach the full potential that God has created me for. Learning and trying harder is simply a continuation of that old . If there is to be complete victory it must be found in another direction.
What you have here is the 7th Chapter of Romans where Paul learned what the good that God required was and set out to live that good out. He found the same thing we all find that there is a law in me that serves sin and no matter how hard I try I fail. At the end he begins to see the truth, and it comes as two thing come together, his total inability to walk in complete righteousness and at the same time God’s call in Christ to “be perfect as my father in heaven is perfect.” Paul beats his head against the wall to find an answer to that conundrum. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our LORD! So then, I myself serve the law of GOD with my mind but with my flesh I serve the law of sin”.
As a side note please don’t be under the mistaken impression that here Paul is referring to “flesh” as simply your physical body. Many Christians operate under the assumption that sin lives in the physical body and so perfection comes with the death of this body. If that were true then the wages of sin, death, would be the victory over sin and only Jesus has that power. Bodily death does not have the power to sanctify. There is a death that sanctifies, but it is the death of Jesus and not the death of this mortal frame.
You have been given the power to live according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. In order to live according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh, you must actually do it. First believe that it is possible, that the death of Jesus reconciled you to God, and than that the life of Jesus works in you to make you free from the law of sin and death. In believing that, you will begin to live according to the life giving spirit.