In the last post, we saw how Christ’s victory came. You can read up here if you have not yet.
How exactly do we then partake of this victorious life that God has brought?
First, let me say that we are partakers already of this life. Once we come into Christ, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Since Christ has this kind of life, we also have the same exact quality of life. We do not have a less inferior one or a life of slightly lower version, it is the same victorious life we have.
As believers, we must believe that it is possible to live a life of victory. Many believers don’t believe, totally agree, or have reservations concerning this truth.
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
I John 5:4:
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
This verses show us this simple fact, we have a world overcoming victory, and we must believe it.
One of the ways to live a life of victory is to receive the life of victory. I am not talking in terms of receiving Christ into our lives, no, I am talking about believing in this victory that Christ has brought and receiving it. Everything in God is received. We do not earn things in God as it were, we receive and then walk in them.
Growing up and playing games, we know that we have to get certain points or kill certain “enemies” to get to the next stage. And even in life, naturally, you pass an exam to progress to the next class. You basically “earn” the next class with your result. In Christ, it is different, Somebody, who is Christ, has earned for you, by his death on the cross. Our job therefore is to believe in his death, resurrection and ascension and all the effects that comes with it, and then walk in it.
Rom 4:1-5 (NLT):
Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God?
2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way.
3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned.
5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
Remember Abraham, Scripture records that he believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Our lives therefore must be based on believing what God’s word has said and accepting to walk in it. Until this is done, you remain an outsider to that truth.
We must believe that we can be victorious in all spheres of life before we can see “those victories” evident in our lives. Victorious means different things to different people, to some, it might mean living in divine heath, to others, it might mean living in prosperity (which doesn’t necessarily mean money at hand). The ultimate victory though, is that Christ has redeemed us forever and we are therefore sure of out eternal future.
If our mindset is that we can be victorious today, defeated tomorrow, that has got to change.
Living victorious doesn’t also mean a life without challenges. Not at all. It means you rise above it. Jesus echoed this statement in John 16:33.
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
The word “tribulation” in this verse means pressure, burden, persecution. Will things try to go bad, will challenges come? Yes, but the surety we have is that we are victorious in Christ Jesus.
Another way to actually live in this victory is by living in it. You may ask how?
Everyday is an opportunity to live out the victory of Christ, to witness to situations around you that Jesus is actually Lord. I once heard a preacher say: “if you are not experiencing victory in certain areas of your life, it means you have not “known” the truth about that area yet.
“Known” here does not mean mere knowledge or mental assent it means a knowledge that comes by revelation or a “deep knowledge”.
This also comes from consistent practise. For instance, you don’t understand a mathematical concept by solving just a few problems on that topic, you solve and practice loads and loads of them. In the things of the spirit, it is basically the same. Let me give an example. Let’s say finances, its one thing to be low on finances and receive provision either by a miraculous intervention or supply of wisdom in how to walk out of that issue. It’s another thing to help a friend or parent to actually receive theirs. Same issue, different presentations of the problem. As you continue to practise and live out Christ’s victory, you begin to experience more victories.
Another example, is say you get sick frequently, you first agree and believe that one of the reasons that Christ died for you is so you are not held down by sickness or disease. You can then go back to the bible and look through verses on healing, divine health etc. Meditate and pray on them to the point where they have become a part of you. Almost by default, you can walk out of that sickness. You might say to yourself, it is not that easy. Well it is. I am not saying it will happen in one day, I am not also saying it won’t. The most important thing is to continue in it till you see it.
14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
You also must learn to be patient sometimes. Not everything might happen instantly, but then we must hold on to God’s word more at those times been sure of this fact: that God’s word will never come up shorts.
Lastly, scripture says to renew the mind and guard your heart. These days we receive so much information through media and other avenues. But it is our responsibility to go out of spaces and zones that make believing in God harder for one. A reason that many believers do not walk in victory is they are in places that negate those victories. Places might mean, conversations, friends etc. In the book of Acts, Paul was preaching and then saw a man who that he had faith to be healed, Paul told the man to get up, and he did.
9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
What happened to the man, he was in an environment that stared his faith up. We must be conscious of the environments we place ourselves in. Scripture also points Lot, saying he was tormented by the things he heard and saw consistently in Sodom.
7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)
In the same way, we can hear and see things consistently that will push us towards the physical manifestation of your victory. It is God’s will that we live victoriously not just in heaven but right here on eat.
I believe you were blessed this, God bless you greatly.