May of 2001, I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour. At the age of eleven, I realized that no matter how hard I try to be “good” I can never go to heaven because of my sins. Now, I can claim the victory over hell and eternal separation from God because of Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, 14:6)
Oh how wonderful it truly is to gain victory!
Victory over our fears…
Victory over our problems…
Victory over sin…
But, over the 15 years since I accepted Christ, there are still several moments where I felt unvictorious. Moments when I choose to give in to sin. Moments when I choose to indulge myself to selfish habits. Moments when I forget about God and His faithfulness. Moments when I feel stagnant in my Christian life.
Can we actually have a victorious Christian life?
The answer is an obvious YES but it depends on how you respond to it.
A. Victory Through Christ: Freed From Sin
Being born again, I am no longer bound to sin, sin is no longer my master. Romans 6 is a good rebuke and explanation about this:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.” vv.1-7
So whenever we choose sin, it’s like going back to our old master. It’s wrong and it’s disrespectful to our new master.
B. Victory Through Christ: Identifying Sin as Sin
According to the dictionary, sin is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. In simpler terms, sin is anything that is against God’s Word.
The problem with many Christians today is that they reduce the definition of sin.
If others are doing it, then it might be okay.
I only say/do it occasionally, it’s not like I’m backsliding.
No one knows I’m doing/saying this, it’s just my little secret.
God will forgive me if I repent after doing/saying this.
Just to let you know, if the Bible says it’s wrong, then it’s still wrong. Sin is sin no matter how it is presented.
C. Victory Through Christ: Honouring Your New Master
If you meet Christ face to face now and He asks you about what you have done with your life, will you be excited to tell Him all about it, or will you be ashamed?
Do you really fear God? Yes? Does it show in your life?
To fear God is to worship Him in reverence and to dread to disobey Him.
Do you carefully choose the words you speak because you do not want to disobey God? Psalm 19:14
Do you choose not to think sinful thoughts because you do not want to disrespect God? 2 Cor.10:5
Do you choose to dress properly and take care of your body because you do not want to dishonour God? 1 Cor. 6:19
Do you choose not to be in a relationship with an unbeliever because you do not want to displease God? 2Cor. 6:14
God wants His children to be faithful, God wants His children to be victorious. We have access to this victory through Christ but there is still a call to obedience on our side. Do you really want victory over sin, or you just like the idea of victory? Because if you really want it, you’d have to be serious about it.
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” I John 2:4-6