Summary: Learn How to live triumphantly in Christ.
The Victorious Christian Life
1) The Possibility of a victorious life...
a) Victory on Earth
The Bible teaches glorious victory over sin for every believer.
1Jo 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
John isn’t speaking of victory in Heaven, but victory on Earth -
If this verse is not true in a believer’s life then there is something wrong.
See, the devil will do anything he can to keep this knowledge from you.
Why? Because knowledge is power!
He doesn’t want you to know the truth. He doesn’t want you to know your "rights" as a Christian.
He tries to hide your inheritance from you.
He’ll do all he can to hinder the believer.
He’ll tell you that you don’t need to study your Word,
and if you’re in the Word he’ll try to distort the truth.
Why? Because Jesus said, "the truth shall set you free".
What is the truth? Jesus!
The Way, The Truth and The Life!
With Jesus comes VICTORY!
With Jesus comes TRIUMPH!
What does this mean to the devil?
Well the devil does’nt mind a religious person. A powerless Christian doesn’t bother him!
But he fears the power of a triumphant life!!!
Well Church, the victorious life is possible. Not just to the sanctified few, but the whole Body of Christ!
And Church it’s not only possible...It’s necessary!!!
2)The promise of the victorious life...
a) Some New Testament Promises
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
These are Jesus’ own promises to you.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus doesn’t want us to experience just a little bit of the victorious life, but to have it more abundantly.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
This is strong language.
2Co 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.
ALWAYS! Not just sometimes! Ours is the victory through Christ!
1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Here’s a promise of victory over every temptation for every believer.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Not just victorious. We are abundant, super abounding, victorious conquerors who will triumph over sin, sickness, death, the devil and his cohorts, temptation, etc.
Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust (will or desire) of the flesh.
3) The principle of the victorious life...
a) By faith...
The principle is that the victorious life is a gift from God received by/through faith.
Our salvation is a gift.
We did not deserve it or earn it in the least.
Victory is a gift. We cannot attain it with our own strength. That is impossible!
Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
The believer is saved and begins a new life in the Spirit.
Most Christians are like the foolish Galatians that try to continue in the flesh by works.
Victory is the work of the Savior in us, not our accomplishment in the least.
Our "strength is made perfect in weakness" 2 Cor. 12:9.
As we confess our inability to gain victory and yield to the mighty power of Christ, He gains the victory.
Upon conversion we gain victory over our addictions and habits.
We gain victory over ourselves and our pet sins.
It’s up to us to claim it and walk in it!!!
But the victory is there, Church!
Jesus is there!
A wise man once said that "Faith does nothing".
Why are those words of wisdom?
Because he went on to say "Faith does nothing; Faith let’s God do it all". (Dr. C.G. Trumbull)
See, sometimes we’re so busy trying to things ourselves that we push God out of that situation.
We make decisions without even consulting God.