The awards I received, I know are fully by God’s grace alone, a favor He bestowed on me. My abilities, and all the factors that need to align in order for the outcome to be successful are all from Him.
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
Dictionary.com has these definitions:
The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals. 2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
Triumph over an enemy in battle or war.
Superior position achieved against any opponent, opposition, difficulty
The Bible refers to our enemy as not people, but spiritual forces of evil (Satan and his camp).
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
I thank the Lord for the accomplishments (however humble) He allows in my life. These are the testimonies of His faithfulness and provision that the world may see as success. These are great blessings. But if I could only have one, my heart’s deepest desire is that the triumph of God over evil will be manifested in my life such that I will be walking in a way that gives glory to God. That will be living in victory.
Within a few days after I wrote this post, a dear sister in Christ, Jasmin, shared with me this verse during our conversation:
John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
Jesus was talking to God the Father defining that glory would be given to the Father by the Son finishing the work He was given to do. By the same token, we are able to give glory to the Father when we finish the work He gave us to do based on God’s revealed will from our Creator’s Instruction Manual for our lives: the bible.