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As a Christian, why do I find it so hard to live the victorious life that we have through Jesus Christ?First let me remind you that through Jesus Christ, the battle is won. How often do we remind ourselves of that?
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT) says, “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I’ll let all of the theologians pick apart what “sin” & “death” are, but to me sin includes sickness, disease, violence, abuse, greed, corruption, sexual addiction, alcoholism, drug addiction, loneliness, sadness, homelessness, hunger, abortion, injustice or anything that is not God in this world.
The death part most of us have down… we’re going to heaven someday, but guess what? His Kingdom, while not fully realized, is present in us, we just have to live like it.
So back to the victory and battle winning. If Jesus gave us victory over sin & death, that seems like pretty good news. We talk about the Good News a lot in Christian circles, but is it really GOOD NEWS to us?
Again, far too often I don’t live like I know the Good News of Jesus Christ. I complain, I whine and shake my head at this world. I worry about the economy, I gripe about the politicians and I buy into the fear that is peddled to us everyday.
The Bible says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)
Many of us live like we’re hanging on until Jesus comes back, but we’ve got some amazing work to do. First off, we have victory over the enemy. I know you’ve all heard about the enemy. He’s the one that, “…prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NLT)
Scary… but don’t forget about that not having a spirit of fear thing. In fact, it says that Jesus gave us a spirit of POWER, love, calm, well balanced mind, discipline and self-control. There’s also that little verse that says, “So humble (submit to) yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU.” (James 4:7 NLT)
Hmmm… so why are we not living a victorious Christian life?
I’m tired of living my life like Jesus doesn’t live in me. Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us (John 14:16, 17; Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 3:16), guide us, teach us and empower us. In fact, Jesus told His disciples in John 14:
12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.
Greater works! Not only have we been empowered to do the things that we see Jesus doing, but He told us we would do GREATER THINGS… does that make you a little excited?!? There are countless stories of Jesus’ followers doing amazing things in His name.
In Acts 5:12-16 it says:
12 The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade.13 But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them.14 Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women.15 As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s SHADOW might fall across some of them as he went by.
16 Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evilt spirits, and they were ALL healed.
Remember the woman who touched Jesus’ garment as He walked by and she was healed (Mark 5:21-34)? Peter, filled with Jesus’ Holy Spirit walked by people and his shadow healed them.
Then in Acts 19:11 & 12 we read:
11 God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles.
12 When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.
The power of Christ in us is so powerful, we don’t even have to be there for it to rub off on people! Talk about Good News!
So why are so many of us living defeated? Why are so many of us not filling the world we live in with the Power of His Kingdom?
From everything I read it’s there for us. We just have to walk it out. Live like we know who we are in Jesus Christ.
I know this may seem a little crazy to some. I’m sure there will be people that question the theology of it, but I can honestly say that He’s awakened me. He’s opened my eyes and given me faith (almost like a child… I’m getting there) to believe Him at His word. I’m starting to believe that “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
How about you?