We should expect to be victorious in the Christian life, not because we have any strength, but because we have HIS strength. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13) By trusting in Christ’s strength, we have victory over sin and death–this is because Jesus died on the cross, paying the price for our sins. Not only that, but by trusting in His strength, we have victory in our everyday life, because He rose from the grave after three days. We can “live by faith in the Son of God” and allow it to be not we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
This is all a part of the good news! The gospel is for our everyday lives. Anything that is not lived by faith in Jesus but by faith in our frailness or the pleasures of this world, we can confess to Him. He will always forgive you when you confess to Him! (1 John 1:9). Once you have admitted you are wrong and turned to Him, you can ask Him to change your desires to be aligned to His.
He will pick you up when you fall in the miry pit and set you on a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2). Then you can move forward loving Him and trusting in His strength to live your life according to how He commands you.
In a relationship, you desire to please the other person. This is the same with Jesus. You only rebel against a person if they are your enemy; Jesus is your greatest friend and hero, and He has given everything you need to live a godly life. So there is no reason to live in defeat! We have full victory in Jesus! The only thing that can hold you back is (1) disbelief in Jesus’ power or (2) disbelief that God’s way is the best way.
(1) This leads back to the beginning of the post. You can do all things, not because of yourself, but because the same God who raised Jesus up from the grave can lift you out the miry pit of even your deepest, darkest failures or circumstances. He lifts up the lowly! You are able to live freely in the right way when you trust that Jesus’ righteousness lives inside you and you allow Him to live through you!
(2) A godly life is a good life–a sweet fragrance of purity, love, and righteousness–it is life-giving, peace-giving, hope-instilling. It is lived because of, out of, and through the LOVE of God. A godly life is BEAUTIFUL, because it’s the reflection of a soul-satisfying relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s reflection of our genuine love for Him. This kind of life is healing to the soul. “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.” (Hosea 14:4). Living compelled by Christ’s love is the life God created us to live, and He created us to live it FOR OUR GOOD.
When I choose God over my sin and I seek Him and find Him, I begin to see that the godly life is beautiful. I don’t have anything to live this beautiful life when I look to my own resources; but when I look to Jesus, spend time with Jesus, and get to know His character, I have everything!
It is by grace that we have victory OVER death and victory IN life! Thank You, Jesus!
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37