How to Live a Victorious Christian Life

It is possible! We walk this earth desiring to be victorious over our flesh – wanting a life of victory, to be victorious over sin. We have fallen and have tried to stand up once more. Our tired life have failed some and have won some. But mostly, failure clouds us and we lose hope. Just like Paul in Romans 7:15, we feel the same.

“For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate”

I want to share what I have learned in Pastor Nate’s blog post. It somehow answered the question: how to live a victorious christian life. It was such a timely post for me since I was going through my own set of struggles and really wanted to be victorious over sin. I want to be like Paul.

Philippians 3:12-14.

12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Just like Paul, I am not writing this post to say that I have achieved perfection or already sinless. I see the possibility of perfection only upon death, when we are in heaven. The word “perfection” actually talks about maturity. As we go through this life, are we constantly growing in our relationship with God? Are we spiritually maturing in our view of God? Are we become more like Jesus? Are we sinning less? These are questions which might help evaluate your journey to “perfection.”

But even though, we realize, total spiritual maturity is still a long way to go we need to press on. We shouldn’t be quitting. It is a daily decision to want to mature. A daily desire to grasp (lay hold) of what God wants from you. He wants you to be victorious. He wants you to live that life of abundance in Him alone.

Realizing that you haven’t achieved total spiritual maturity yet, but you need to claim it and press on for it, you need to do this one thing – forgetting what lies behind. You cannot run with you focusing on what you left behind or what you are running away from. You are running away from it for a reason, right? Why do you need to go back at it again? Why do you want to focus on what you’ve run away from the first place? I like what Pastor Nate wrote about Religiosity and Relationship.

Both involve moving away from evil, but with different focuses. Religiosity is focused on what’s behind. How many sins can I say I don’t do any more and I can feel good about that? The difficulty is that the “hunger” of the flesh is mighty and the more you focus on what you know you should not have, the greater the desire of the flesh will be to have it. Like a dog that is focused on its tail, even when it finally catches it, it has accomplished nothing!

man movin forward while looking backThat is why you don’t need to look back even while you’re walking forward. What you left behind is nothing compared to what is before you – Jesus Christ. We should reach forward to what is ahead. We should focus and pursue Jesus rather than the goal of being victorious over sin. In reality, victory over sin is impossible without Jesus in the equation. When we pursue Christ, we will feel less the thirst of our flesh to sin.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. – Galatians 5:16

When we fill our mind with Christ and grow in our knowledge of Him, our minds become captivated that the thought of sin no longer have any space to grow inside. The love of Jesus. Knowing God. The knowledge about Jesus. The desire for Jesus is what makes us victorious. When we fully understand who Jesus is and how much He loves us, it propels us to hate and not want sin. Sin will never give us lasting pleasure, only Jesus can give us contentment and peace. That is why I also believe the prize is not victory over sin. Victory over sin comes with the prize. The prize is actually Jesus. And at the end of our Christian marathon, we should also aim for another prize and that is Jesus saying to us “well done, good and faithful servant.”

May we be encouraged to press on! I know it’s not easy. But we need to push ourselves to the limit because what is ahead, is just so good that it should motivate us to endure. I want to know Jesus more. May we together journey in knowing Jesus more. God loves you and me.

I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below on how to live a victorious christian life.

Life is good!

It has been 26 years and the Lord has been faithful to me. I’m looking forward to another year of his grace and love. As I pondered on my life today, I am just so grateful for what I have – it may not be how the world defines it to be – but I really feel I have everything I need. Being surround with people who supports and cares for you is such a wonderful feeling. I thank God for everyone who gave their short message of encouragement and love.

Psalm 139.

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Thank you Lord for my life. Who I am, is how you have created me. Where would I be without you? May you continue to use me for your glory.

- Marc Sorongon

Have we lost the B1G picture?

There are a lot of things we need to be very cautious about – most especially when we lose the BIG picture. Love God. Love others.

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40.

 

Luke 11:37-54. The Pharisees and experts in religious law are examples of groups who has lost the picture.

  • They were paying a tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God (verse 42)
  • They love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places (verse 43)
  • They weigh men down with unbearable religious demands while they themselves don’t lift a finger to ease the burden (verse 46)
  • They remove the key to knowledge from people (verse 52)
  • They won’t enter the kingdom and even prevent others from entering also (verse 52)

How about in today’s setting. Have we lost the B1G picture?

  • Do we want to be seen, and be always recognized in our ministry or service to God?
  • Do we love to rebuke people but we haven’t realized that what we are rebuking the person with is something we need to do to ourselves as well?
  • Do we give advises to people that we don’t follow?
  • Do we tithe regularly and religiously that we haven’t even given any amount to help the poor or others in need?

It’s not about us. It’s about God and the people He has given us to love. May we never lose that focus. Love God. Love others.

A call of action: take the time today to pray. Pray to God and just love Him. Pray to God about the people you have and lift them up in prayer. Love them through prayer. May God strengthen your heart through prayer to love Him and others more.

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