February 26, 2018

Living in Victory:  Defining Victory

Many believers are living depleted and defeated lives. They aren’t experiencing the abundant, liberated, and victorious life promised in Scripture. Let’s get really personal and change the pronoun from “they” to “us”. What keeps us from living in the victory of Jesus Christ each and every day? In order to answer that question, we need to define exactly what living in victory means.

Christ gives us victory over sin, self, and Satan, so the victorious Christian life is freedom from the penalty and power of sin. Too many believers are content with victory over the penalty of sin and stop short of claiming victory over its power in their lives. Have you tried to overcome a particular sin on your own, only to fall flat time-after-time? Well, God wouldn’t tell us that something is possible without also providing the means for it. The victorious life is possible because it’s Jesus living His life in us, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).

As we define what it means to live in victory, there are some frequent misunderstandings to clear up regarding what the victorious Christian life is not:

  • It is not a life in which it is impossible to sin, but a life in which victory over sin is possible.
  • It is not a life for just a few selected “super saints”. It is His provision for every believer.
  • It is not a life without temptation, but a life where temptation is overcome.
  • It is not just about victory over outward actions and behaviors, but also victory over inward thoughts and attitudes.
  • It is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God’s peace and power in the midst of even the greatest difficulties.

So how about you? Would you describe your daily life as depleted, or powerful? Defeated, or victorious? Jesus Christ has already won the victory, giving you and me the ability to live in that victory as we live in fellowship with Him by yielding to the Holy Spirit each moment of each day. Remember today, “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” You live in victory as you live in Jesus.