You are victorious!
This past Sunday, Corey spoke about David defeating a giant. He mentioned that David’s victory became his people’s victory. Without lifting a sword or stone, the Israelites were victorious over their enemies, the Philistines. Likewise, Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross and His victory is also our victory. Without any effort on our part, we are victorious! Paul said it like this:
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. – Romans 6:4-8
But are you living in that victory? Everyday we wake up already victorious, but we don’t always live like it. Here are 3 ways we rob ourselves of victory through Christ.
1. Are you living in worry? Is the first thing on your mind how you’ll pay the electric bill? Do you have nightmares about your children’s future? Are you so paralyzed by the fear of tomorrow that you can hardly function today? Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
2. Are you living in shame? We walk around heads down, defeated and ashamed of our sin. We allow our guilt and shame to keep us from community, honest prayer, and abundant life. Instead of living in the forgiveness and grace God has given us, we choose to be enslaved by the guilt of what we’ve done.
3. Are you living in sin? Christ has set us free from sin; we don’t have to live under it’s rule any longer. Yet, we often willingly enslave ourselves to it. While a decapitated Goliath lays on the ground, we bow before the Philistines and offer ourselves as servants. Are you making sin a habit? Are you feeding what enslaves you or starving it to death?
Two weeks ago Shannon said, “You can’t escape slavery focusing on what enslaves you.” Nor can you get the peace, joy, or freedom you’re looking for by seeking after it. Peace, joy, patience and kindness are gifts from the Spirit. We gain freedom when we focus on the Giver of Freedom. These qualities are a byproduct of having a thriving relationship with Christ. Are you living focused on Christ?
Christ has already won and His victory is our victory. It’s time we start living like it! What step do you need to take today to live in victory?