Mary Roper - Onward to Victory Go - Maroota II, Australia Convention - 2017

Romans 8:37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”  We sang in the hymn four times, “Onward to victory go.” I thought of us going out from Convention not just with positive thinking, but we are going on to victory. If we can face life’s experiences with a heart that seeks victory, then we are going to know victory. A little boy came home from school and said, “There is a race tomorrow and I am going to win it.” His mother thought she had better prepare him because he was not the fastest, so she said, “How do you know you will win?” He said, “I have seen the prize.”


We have had a little glimpse of Heaven. God has drawn back the curtain and we have seen the goal a little clearer. Why wouldn’t we go on to victory? We have so much help on our side. Romans 8 is a wonderful chapter to read if you ever feel discouraged. Verse 31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” God is for us and if we have yielded our lives to Him, He has made every provision for us to go on to victory. Verse 26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”


The Spirit is for us, making intercession when we cannot even plead for ourselves so that we can be victorious. Satan would like us to think, “If we don’t get victory that’s okay; win some, lose some.” That is not God’s attitude. God wants us to get victory, and when our lives are fully committed to His hand, we can have victory and it brings joy to God’s heart.


II Kings 6:15, “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, 'Alas, my master! How shall we do?' And he answered, 'Fear not; for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.'” Elisha prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant. Verse 17, “And Elisha prayed, and said, 'LORD, I pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see.' And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”  All that help was on their side. There was victory because God was in the battle and because Elisha was committed to God. We have the help of angels and of our brethren, why wouldn’t we be victorious? In every verse of the hymn we sang, it tells us something to have victory in.


In I Samuel 17, David went to see how his brethren were doing in the battle. There was an army on one side and an army on the other side, and fear had paralysed the army of Israel. David came and saw the very same battle, he saw and heard the very same giant but he thought very differently. It doesn’t have to be defeat; it is victory. When David went to face Goliath, and Goliath came thundering towards him with all that armour, it must have been quite a sight. David saw a big, proud, boastful man but it was just a man.Verse 45, “Then said David to the Philistine, 'Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.'”  David wasn’t dreaming of defeat; he wasn’t thinking, “It all depends on me.” He understood that God was in the battle and he went on to victory. The battles we fight are for the Lord and we want to be on the winning side and go on to victory.


Micah 7:8, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” We don’t know what the battles are and we don’t know what the future is but we can think in terms of victory. “When I fall, I shall arise.” I hope it will be the feeling of our hearts. I have a brother who was unwell and he was in intensive care for a long time, then finally he turned the corner and lived. However, the part of the brain that was damaged was the part that governs the balance of the body, so he could not sit or stand up. He was in hospital for about a year and gradually he was able to stand between parallel bars.


One of the nurses took an interest in helping him to walk. He would take a step and fall but he got up and tried again. The time came when he and the nurse decided to marry and they went out to tell her folks, but her father was not happy that she was marrying a man who could not walk, so my brother made a commitment that he was going to walk with his bride.


There were lots of falls but he got up again, and when the wedding day came, he walked with his bride. Jesus always thought in terms of victory. When He was facing the cross, He gave thanks for the emblems. God’s will was never a question in His life. Don’t ever let God’s will become a question in your life, go on to victory. I hope for every one of us, when we fall, we will arise and go on to victory. There is so much help on our side.