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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

By Pastor Dennis Smith

 

Until the Christian comes to understand and experience what it means to let Christ give him His victory, he will not experience the consistently obedient life he desires.  In today’s devotional I will present how to let Christ live out His victorious life in you.  When you come to understand and experience this truth, your Christian life will never again be the same.  Instead of a life of sporadic obedience and broken promises to God, you will, in time, experience a life of victory through Christ over every temptation and sin that Satan brings your way.

 

Is such a consistently obedient life really possible?  Can we truly have victory over every temptation and sin in our life?  That is the kind of life God calls us to live in Romans 6:6,6:11-14.

 

“He who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that He can keep him from sinning, has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the kingdom of God” (Manuscript 161, 1897, p. 9).

 

So what is the answer to how we can live a consistently victorious Christian life?  The answer is to let Jesus live out His life of victory in us, a truth taught throughout the Bible (Ps. 16:8; Isa. 26:3, 4; John 15:4, 5).  These passages, and others, point to our dependence on Jesus and His guiding light in our lives.

 

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 minds – He will do just that.  It is a matter of faith – believing He will truly manifest Himself in our lives.  Paul recognized this fact when he wrote Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 3:16,17.

 

Believe Jesus will help you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific. This happens as you daily receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18 and 1 John 3:24).

 

With Jesus living in you, you have His mind:

 

“For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’  But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

 

We have His love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – all the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23).

 

Through Jesus living in us via the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have His likes and dislikes, His pure thoughts, His forgiveness – the list could go on and on.  Every virtue of Christ is in you through Christ abiding in you.

 

How is the Christian to apply this truth?  Simply put, the steps are these.  When you become aware of a temptation to sin:

 

  1.  Choose to turn your mind immediately away from the temptation:  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
  2. Believe that the power of your sinful nature’s attraction to the temptation to control you is broken.
  3. Believe Jesus is in you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific.
  4. Believe that He will manifest Himself in that manner, rest in that belief, and don’t fight the temptation.  When we fight the temptation we are actually focusing on it and trying to resist it in our own strength rather than looking to Jesus for the victory:  “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1, 2).
  5. Thank Him for the deliverance He has just given you.

 

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Christ Gives the Victory

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  2. All i have to say here is a million thanks!;I benefite a lot here, its seems like it was posted for me only me.i took all these tips,quotes down to my note book.Im suffering with a same sin 4 almost 12yrs;Now i know that this battle is not mine so i dond have to put my own strength on it! Its God’s.me i have to choose toturn my mind immidiately from it!;May God be with you as you continue with his great job.i believe that im not the only one who find his grace in this post:BE BLESSED!

  3. Satan knows that all who neglect prayer & the scriptures will be overcome by his attacks.Therefore he invents every possible divice to engross the mind.His right hand helpers are always active when God is at work.so lets pray this is not easy for us we cant stand against him bt our God is always able;thank you once more!!

    • I want to say also, not trying to be negative, that Satan may still tempt those that do not neglect the reading of scripture and prayer. But by praying and reading His word, our Savior lives through us, making it impossible for Satan to tempt us.

      • Thanks for your comments Zachary!! Please visit often and always abide in God’s Steadfast Love!!
        Isaiah 54:10

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  8. Very nice….as SDA….we need to empty ourselves so that we can gain pure heart ….let love flows in our heart…….so that evil spirit could not find a place in our heart…….and to be away from temptations…..the end is nearing…..He is coming soon brethren can we say this……..here I am Lord?…..i try my very best to walk along with…..in spite of the great storms that comes into my life….i trust the Lord almighty ……

    • Amen Susan!! You have very encouraging thoughts for sure

      When I thought, “My foot slips,”
      your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.Psalms 94:18
      Please comment often!!

  9. Mr. Wayne, I like the second coming of Christ picture so much! This is how I came upon this blog. Can you tell me who is the artist of this painting? I would like to sent this as a gift. If I can have a poster in print or on canvas. The picture sais it all. Jesus is coming soon and I look forward to meet Him in the air. I posted this image on my facebook as I want all my friends to be aware.
    God bless you Mr. Wayne!

    • Thanks for visiting my Gospel Blog Lucia
      The name of the Artist is Nathan Greene.
      God bless you with His Steadfast Love Always!! Isaiah 54:10
      Jesus is about to come!! Revelation 22:7,12,17,20

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