Just How Do We live A Victorious Christian Life?
“For therein is the Righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
It’s the greatest day of our lives when we come to the Lord in repentance and faith and realize that our sins are forgiven and that through faith in Jesus and His work at the cross we have become children of God and are blessed in the heavenly with every spiritual blessing. We love the Lord and want to walk before Him in holiness all of our days.
Not far down the road, however, we come to a place where we fail the Lord in some way. We are horrified! This was not supposed to happen. We love the Lord and have committed ourselves to live a life pleasing to Him. What do we do to make sure that we do not fail Him again?
As a new Christian, we are at a crossroads at this point. If we make the right decision and go the right way; it will bring victory. If we choose the wrong way; it will bring constant defeat.
Many new Christians, not understanding the cross as far as our daily walk is concerned will choose the wrong way. They will try to sanctify themselves, or lead victorious Christian lives, by self-effort. They do not want whatever caused the defeat in their lives to reoccur, so they determine to do those things they believe will bring them victory. They might decide to pray more or read more in the Bible each day. Whatever they decide, though well-intentioned, it will not bring victory. The result will be a continued failure in their lives with them trying more and more to gain victory through the flesh. This is not the way our Christian life is to be lived. You could say they are miserably saved – seeking victory, but only experiencing defeat after defeat. We cannot be free from the sin in our lives with our efforts. Jesus accomplished that at the cross.
We are saved by our faith in Jesus and what He accomplished at the Cross. We are not to strive in our own strength to walk victoriously after we are saved. The victory in our daily walk with the Lord is determined by where we place our faith daily. If our faith is in Christ and Him crucified, it will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives. The Holy Spirit works within the parameters of the finished work of Christ to bring us this victory. The following verse from Romans explains this:
“For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death” (Romans 8:2).
The Bible does not call us to fight sin. It calls us to fight the good fight of faith. Our faith in Christ crucified will bring us the victory we seek. Many Christians today, not understanding this, live in defeat. They are miserably saved. The Lord has not called us to live a life of defeat, but has won the victory by His death on the cross and has provided us the way to walk in victory in our lives.
Chapters 6-8 in Romans show us the pathway to living a victorious Christian life. Chapter 6 explains how the Holy Spirit works. Chapter 7 explains law and sin and the result of living by law which always brings defeat. Chapter 8 explains what the Holy Spirit does in our lives when our faith is properly placed. Many, in the church today, are living in Romans chapter 7, which is not the way the Lord has ordained for us to walk out this life.
The Lord paid a great price to redeem us. We are new creations and called to walk in faith in the victory He has provided. Paul said this to the Galatians who were tempted to go back under the Law: “Are you so foolish, having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” As mentioned, let us “fight the good fight of faith (daily placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified)” which will bring us victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are not saying we can walk in sinless perfection, but we are saying that we can live victorious Christian lives. As we place our faith in the Lord’s great work at the Cross; the Holy Spirit will work mightily in our lives. Our Savior has made it all possible.
With thanksgiving, we stand in faith in our great God Who loved us and proved His love for us by dying on a cruel cross so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We can say with Peter it’s “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
“So I say then, walk in the Spirit (by placing our faith exclusively in Christ and the cross), and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:20).
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