LIVING A VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE!
The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8,9.
From the Bible verses, four things we must do to live a victorious Christian life over sin, self and satanic forces of darkness:
To be sober means to be serious, sensible, and solemn, and these three must go together in a Christian life.
(i) You must be serious in your daily prayer life and Bible reading, from there come strength and grace to be victorious.
(ii) You must be sensible, by abstaining from appearance of evil. You do not continue with people, in places or practices of old. You must be sensible and spiritually conscious to avoid people and places that will want to lead you back to sin. You must disconnect yourself from sinful activities, friendship or materials, including music, movies, pictures, dressing and others.
(iii) You must be solemn, that is to always be watchful, you are not carried away by activities and ambitions of the world that will make you compromise your faith in Christ. You are not frivolous like the people of the world.
To be vigilant is to keep careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. You need to know that Christian life is a spiritual battle, and this battle is not about witches and wizard who not want you to make it in life, but they are principalities and powers of sins wrestling against our soul. A vigilant Christian does not dress anyhow, does not talk anyhow, does not listen to any music or watch any movie or anything on your phone; a vigilant Christian does not just go to anywhere, you are always careful and watchful against sinful dangers. Being careful, watchful in spirit.
How do we resist the devil? We resist the devil by rejecting his sinful offers and suggestions. That was how Jesus Christ resisted the devil, He didn’t accept his offer. Resisting the devil is not only by praying and speaking on tongues, but it is by refusing and refuting his ideas in our minds and offers in our lives. And you cannot resist the devil when you remain places that belong to the devil, you must disconnect yourself. You must leave the sinful places before you can resist the devil.
BE STEADFAST IN FAITH
Christian life is by faith and not by feeling. In spiritual warfare, we live by faith not by our emotion. When you don’t feel like praying, forget about your feeling, go ahead and pray. You don’t feel like reading your Bible? Who cares, feeling is nothing in Christian life, go ahead and read your Bible. Sometimes, you don’t feel like doing the right things, you don’t feel like forgiving people, you don’t feel like giving, preaching or evangelizing, but we are walking by faith not by feeling. Listen, Satan easily manipulates our feelings because our feelings are not consistent, it is not steadfast, but faith is consistent and we must be steadfast in faith.
When the devil brings doubts into your mind about your Christian life, about your Christian walk, and you feel so down and discourage, it is the devil who is making you to feel such way, but you must be steadfast in faith. Your faith must steadfastly be on the Lord.
As we do these, we will always live a victorious Christian life, “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:8,9.
Do not forget these four things, do not lack them in your Christian life. You are victorious in Jesus name!
Do you want to experience genuine salvation? Ask the Lord to come into your life. Ask Him to forgive your sins now and start a new life in Him. Do it now and God bless you.
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Gideon Akande (Evangelist)
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