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Post By Pastor Dennis Smith

How Can It Happen in Your Life?

 

So, what is the answer to how we can live a consistently victorious Christian life?  The answer is letting Jesus live out His life in us.  This truth is taught throughout the Bible.  In the Old Testament we find references to it.  David understood that victory came through God’s presence with him.

 

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16:8

 

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11

 

Isaiah understood the necessity of continual connection with God for victory and peace in one’s life.

 

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

 

The New Testament is very clear about the necessity of Christ living in us in order for us to have the victory over temptation and sin.  Jesus used the imagery of the vine and branches to illustrate this truth.

 

“Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

 

Paul taught this truth throughout his writings.

 

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11

 

“…we have the mind of Christ.” 1Corinthians 2:16

 

Christ’s mind was filled with pure, holy, virtuous thoughts.  If we have asked Christ to live in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, if we believe He does and if we believe He will manifest His love, His pure, holy, virtuous thoughts in our mind He will do just that.  It is a matter of faith; believing He will truly manifest Himself in our life.  Paul recognized this fact when he wrote:

 

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

 

“That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;…” Ephesians 3:16-17

 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

 

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27

 

The Problem of Previous Definitions

 

I am sure that these verses are familiar to you.  The difficulty with what I am presenting in this chapter and book is that most Christians know the words and phrases I am using and bring to these their own definition of what they mean.

Usually the personal application of these verses by the Christian is the belief that we must stay connected with God in order to have His power added to our efforts to obey.  We often believe that Christ living in us means that He is there to strengthen us in our efforts to over come the temptations and sins in our life.  That is not what these verses are saying.

Remember, we have previously seen that our efforts are ineffective in overcoming temptation even when we have faith in God adding His power to our efforts.  We have all tried that method and failed again and again.  So, I challenge you to lay aside your definition of what it means to have Christ in you and prayerfully ask “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Branson, MO

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