The victorious life
There are several themes in scripture that are very clear, and victorious living is one of them. It is very clear that the Lord wants us to live in victory. Not only does the Lord want us to have victory, He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.
Second Peter 1:3-4 “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
The Bible tells us that our enemies the devil and the kingdom of darkness are constantly out to do us harm, but Jesus has given us power over all of his devices.
Luke 10:19 says “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
John 10:10 says “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
There is an important element to the victory we seek. We are not able to secure victory in our flesh.
John 6:63 says “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
Second Corinthians 10:4 says “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
Zechariah 4:6 says “So he answered and said to me ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
When a person is born again the most powerful force in the universe, the Holy Spirit, indwells him or her.
The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now indwells those who are His.
Romans 8:11 says “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
Victory is not dependent upon our circumstances or situations, but in whom we trust.
Psalm 121: 1-8 says “I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, ho made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.
We are secure in Him and victory is ours. Praise the Lord!
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.