Many of God’s children are living defeated, unsatisfied and unsatisfactory lives. They never entered into the experience of the peaceful life (Isaiah 30:15); the overflowing life (John 7:37-39); the abundant life (John 10:10); the joyful life (John 15:11); the liberated life (Romans 6:7); the triumphant life (2 Corinthians 2:14); and the loving life (1 John 2:5) – and yet they long to do so.
What Is Meant By A Life Of Victory?
Sever characteristics of such a life are mentioned above, and many other scriptures could be cited. Consider the following:
It is not a life in which it is impossible to sin, but a life in which voiceover sin is possible. The first is unattainable in this life, but the second is attainable.
It is not an abnormal life or a life to be enjoyed by just a few of God’s children, but it is His provision for every Christian.
It is not a life where there is no temptation, but a life where temptation is overcome. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that “For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.
It is not a life of outward victory only, but a life of inward and outward victory.
It is not a fully grown life where further growth in grace is unnecessary or impossible.
The victorious life is a life of victory over Sin, Self, and Satan; a life of freedom from the power of sin as well as freedom from the penalty of sin; a life that is not only “reconciled to God by the death of His Son” but a life that is also “saved through His life”Romans 5:10
Is Such A Life Really Possible?
Is it God’s will that we should live a life of victory? Has He made provision for each and all of His children to be victorious? If so, we sin against by accepting and being satisfied with anything less than His will. If it is not His will it would be a sin Him to seek or to expect to live this life. Reverse the question for a moment: is it God’s will that we, His children, should be defeated lives? Is it necessary for us to beset and over and overcome by such things as temper, touchiness, unfaithfulness, pride? God desires us to live and experience a victorious life.
What Is The Secret Of This Life Of Victory?
The secret is a fore-told, for the sake of simplicity and clarity I will state them:
1. Victory is not gained by human effort. We should be on the way to living a life of victory when we have truly learned this simple lesson. It is absolutely impossible to live this life in our own strength. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “Here is the reason for all our failure, we have tried to gain the victory over sin, self and Satan in our own strength, and we have failed every time! Remember this: God has excluded the work of man from every tense of Salvation. We are not saved from the guilt and penalty of sin by our own works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5); we are not saved from the power of sin by our own works (Romans 5:10); we will not be saved from the presence of sin by our own works (John 14:3; Exodus 14:13-14).
2.Victory is given – It is a gift. 1 Corinthians 15:57 makes it clear. The victorious Christian life is God’s gift, and it is offered to everyone who receives this gift. The victorious life which He offered to all victorious, triumphant life of His son. The Lord Jesus in a human body triumphed gloriously in His life and by His death over sin and Satan; and now His victorious life is offered to your and me as a gift to be received, that His victorious life may be reproduced in and lived out through our human bodies. There is on,y one victorious life, and when you receive the Lord Jesus (John 1:12), you received that life. Did you realize that? Now you must let Him live His life in you. Joshua 6:16 tells us that the victory over Jericho was not gained by effort and striving, but by simple trust and obedience. That Victory was a gift!
3. Victory is gained by a choice. It is vital to see this. I had long as we are in the world we will be faced with a choice, and Joshua faced the children of Israel with a choice (Joshua 24:15). This choice involves a definite, conscious act of our will. Every time we are tempted to sin, if we are to experience victory we must make a deliberate, conscious choice to please God who is already gained a victory for us, and who is waiting to give victory to us – and the moment we choose Him we receive His power and enabling. See Romans 6:13.
4, Victory is maintained by an attitude. Victory is only victory, of course, as victory is maintained. What then is the secret of conscious victory?
Here it is in one sentence:
Let Us Fix Our Eyes On Jesus… Who Gives Us The Victory…
Hebrews 12:2 is our part
1 Corinthians 15:57 is His part