Victorious christian living – Part 3
The Christian walk is like rowing upstream against the tide of the world that would try and pull us away from fulfilling God’s wonderful plan and purpose for our life. As a child of God, you are in a continual spiritual contest with the adversary the Devil and the worldly system that wants to stop you from fulfilling God given destiny for your life. That was why Apostle Paul warns the believers to be sober and vigilant because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
As believers, we are called to a life of great purpose and meaning, no matter what may be going on in our world we are to be focused on our Lord, Jesus Christ. Since we are a special people, with a special role, we are also called to have a different way of life. We are called to abstain from sinful desires, which are in enmity with our spiritual health.
You must live out the light of the gospel in your environment and anywhere you may find yourself. Grace is not a license to sin, but an empowerment to live above sin. Your freedom in Christ should not be used as a cover-up for evil. Many professing Christians are living in all manner of sin including sexual immorality. The good news of the gospel is that God has made provision for us to conquer sin and daily experience a life of victory and joy. God Has not left us defenseless, but has given us equipment to enable us to march forward and be victorious over all the power of the enemy.
The Bible said in Ephesians 6:11 that we should put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. The plan of God is good and sufficient. If an individual is not living a victorious life, it is not a lack of God’s power. Many people fall back into sin because they fail to seek God for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is one of the greatest needs among Christians today. People need to fully consecrate their lives on the altar of sacrifice and be filled with the fire and power of the Holy Spirit. It is the steadying, balancing power of the Holy Spirit that helps you live a daily life pleasing to the Lord. It resolves an up-and-down, back-and-forth experience that so many people are living.
Why did Jesus tell people to “Go and Sin No More” if sinless lifestyle was impossible? The scripture so clearly teaches a life of victory and deliverance from the bondage of sin. If any man be in be in Christ, the old habits, the addictions, the lusts, the bitterness and all the things that hold people captive in sin are broken through the power of God.
The word of God teaches a life of practical and real victory over sin. Jesus Himself told the woman caught in adultery, “go, and sin no more,” (John 8:11). He was not instructing her to do something she was incapable of, but was giving her the hope and power to go and live without the bondage of those adulterous practices. Paul gave the same instruction in 1 Corinthians 15:34: “Awake to righteousness, and sin not.” Peter exhorts us in 1 Peter 2:21-22 to follow in the steps of Christ who “did no sin.” Truly, the grace of God that brought salvation teaches us.
“that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,” (Titus 2:11-12). This is victorious living!
Today’s nugget: There is real victory in Christ over sin
Prayer: Lord, give me victory over sin
• Prayer lines: 08033299824. E-mail: email@example.com. Rev. (Dr.) Abel Ukachi Amadi, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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