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The Victorious Christian Life: What is this Victorious Life?
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26
But unbelievers are children of the devil. Jesus tells us so in John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." There can be no Victorious Life in an unbeliever. That is self-evident. Therefore, we should know what our relationship to God is before we consider our life plans.
You are a child of God in the spiritual and true sense when you love and acknowledge Jesus Christ as your only Saviour, Lord and God. Now we must remember that we are not the captain of our soul. In fact, no man is. A spirit aside from man is the captain of man's soul. The evil spirit in some and the Holy Spirit in others. You have the privilege of serving one or the other; but no man can serve two masters. When you present your life to God; when you completely surrender yourself to Him, you will be living a life for Christ.
The life we may live in Christ is the surrendered life. It is more, it is the Victorious Life. In fact, it is a joyful surrendered life. The word "surrender" may suggest defeat in war; but when we surrender our will to Christ, it means that we are victorious. Some look upon this as strange or mysterious. The Victorious Life in Christ is neither of these; it is simply a walking daily with Jesus. "...If we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." I John 1:7
There are some who think the Victorious Christian life is a life without temptation; but not so, in fact, those who give their lives to Christ are more tempted. The devil is not highly concerned with those who are indifferent about their Christian walk, for he knows they are weak and can easily be lead astray. But to those Christians who are strong in their faith, the devil is constantly trying to pull them away from God, trying to create doubt and despair in their thinking. As a Christian you will notice that every situation and circumstance is more conducive to defeat. More things will arise to disturb and unsettle you. You may see these as failures or shortcomings. There is a deadly conflict going on in the Christian's life that is caused by the remnant of the "old man" or the old human nature. Many times this occurs when you have not completely let go of former sins or doubts. The "old man" in us dies hard and the devil works through this old nature to keep control of our soul. The devil fights to the end to hold and retain control of our thoughts desires, words, deeds, and even our lives.
Sometimes the enemy of our souls, the devil, gains temporary victory in our life. The Christian may fall back into his old ways. Oh how painful these times of defeat, guilt and shame may be; but pray to stay strong. Do NOT wallow in these times of "backsliding"; do NOT believe the devil's lies. When challenged by mistakes and shortcomings, put your eyes upon Jesus and focus on what He wants you to do. Consider how you were when you first came to Jesus, Christ is the same now as He was then, willing to love you and forgive you. Christ is strength and He wants you to depend on His strength as you grow in Christian faith. Look towards Christ's glory and see how He was changed from glory to glory; be encouraged to see yourself changing.
Let us remember that, as long as we are in Christ, no failure due to our sinful nature will affect God's opinion of us. We must though confess our sins, turn from them and seek God's grace and forgiveness. In Christ we are perfectly holy in the God's sight. Christ lived, died and rose again that we might be saved through Him as we give our lives to Him.
The Victorious Christian Life then is not a sinless perfection as some people think. We know that a true Christian cannot live in sin or go on committing sin. "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." I John 3:9. We know sin is not dear to us or in us, though we, by the death of Christ are to reckon ourselves dead to sin's claims. It is God's will that we should be set free from the bondage of sin. It is also His will that we sin no more, and that we leave everything with Jesus, who is our advocate with the Father God. Christ encourages us to believe that we shall not have to commit sin anymore, even though we still have an evil nature that tends to sin. The Son dwelling in us will, by His own strength and power, provide the way to escape every temptation. We are indeed to be tempted, since how we handle temptation determines how we grow spiritually. Relying on Christ's strength and guidance during our times of temptation will spiritually strengthen us to be victorious.
Victory is not the deliverance from the possibility of sinning; it is the deliverance from the necessity of sinning. We are to live in the experience of realizing the sinfulness of sin and of having the assurance of the forgiveness of our sins. In Christ live in the victory over sin.
The Christian life has a twofold nature: the flesh retains the old sinful nature, while the Christian lives the "new nature". Life is not absent of inner conflict, "the flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh", each making their claim on the Christian who must make his choice to obey one or the other. We must choose Christ or the flesh to yield to.
We pray that you seek God and His guidance in all aspects of your life. Choose Christ and LIVE.