by Dr. Lewis Gregory
We hear the phrase victorious Christian living often but I’m not sure very many people know what it really means, much less how to achieve it.
Raising the bar: I once thought the normal Christian life involved much failure and defeat. After all to err is human. And all God expects from us is to do the best we can, because He understands our weakness. But when we die and go to Heaven then everything will be OK. Wrong! It may sound nice, and even be comforting when we consider our future. But as one man said, “how does this help me in the ugly here and now?” It doesn’t!
THE SOURCE OF VICTORY
Such a life of failure and defeat is not indicative of God’s heavenly kingdom. And it’s certainly not victory. That is why Jesus told us to pray that His kingdom would come here on Earth as it is in Heaven. Once you receive Jesus Christ, God’s kingdom is within you, because the Kingdom of Heaven is the realm of God’s presence. But it is all in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the victor, He is the conqueror, and He is the triumphant victorious king. Hallelujah!
Heaven on Earth, that’s the life and the victory that Christ offers. We can live victorious because of the Victor Jesus Christ who has conquered Satan, death and hell. Jesus is victor over all things. Thus we can be victorious over all things through Christ Jesus our Lord-our indwelling king.
WHAT IS VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIVING?
Consider some biblical terms that describe victory in the NT:
Strong-in the Lord-Ephesians 6:10,
And yet we are told in Isaiah 33:23 that “The lame take to prey.” 2 Corinthians 12:10, Matthew 26:41, Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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An author that taught the message of union with Christ with a God-centered perspective was DeVern Fromke. Books such as The Ultimate Intention are on the required reading list for Network220.org counseling ministries. I appreciated some personal calls and correspondence with him in his later years. Brother Fromke went to be with the Lord a couple of years ago. Author Frank Viola posted his respects for Devern Fromke’s ministry at Frank’s popular blog:
“One of my mentors has gone to be with the Lord. A treasured spiritual luminary has left this earth. DeVern Fromke is now with God. He was 93.
“I met DeVern in 1993 along with Stephen Kaung (disciple of Watchman Nee)… Fromke ministered in conferences with the man who has had the most influence on my life, T. Austin-Sparks–though Sparks left this realm before I ever heard his name. All of these men gave me my foundation in the Eternal Purpose of God. And I still marvel at the depth of revelation whenever I read Sparks…
“He, along with Kaung and Sparks, were pioneers of God’s Ultimate Purpose. I’m grateful for his life and legacy. Beyond everything else, he showed me how to carry the Lord’s highest message without being egotistical or high-minded. DeVern was a portrait of the humility of Christ in a gifted vessel.”
Posted by Frank Viola, October 29, 2016 https://frankviola.org/2013/02/22/devernfromke
DeVern Fromke’s books for adults and children are still available at https://fromke.com/
“When children are little, they are happy to boast about their dads … how big they are … how strong they are … My Dad Is The Best Dad In The Universe is my best attempt to boast in the same way about my Heavenly Father.”
“Each line in this 12 minute video was inspired by a Bible passage … Over 150 in total!
This video can be downloaded for free along with the audio narration and text.”
When you visit AbbasKids.com, download the free video, Cartoon Gallery and PDF books by Barry Adams. They are full of visual grace-and-truth for children of all ages!
Just Be A Friend / Out Reach Groups
is a collection of articles dedicated to providing Evangelism & Discipleship helps to local churches to encourage their congregations to get out into their communities to share Christ wherever the need.
The Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, is the New Testament Church’s Call to Service and to Faithfulness. This collection of articles is concise, brief and to the point. It’s purpose is to get a church’s congregation out into the community to just be a friend to others in Jesus’ Name through small outreach groups …
It is extremely important to realize that this is not a campaign. Campaigns are good in that they cause us to carry out and practice what we should be doing and need to be doing for the sake of the Great Commission. But they are literally close dated … What we do justbeafriend.org has realized much more as a success for the Glory of God and His Kingdom’s Work as we make these truths a daily practice of our church’s daily walk 365 days a year every year. This emphasis has to come from the top down. From the pastor to the congregation.
Ian Thomas’ books such as The Saving Life of Christ and The Mystery of Godliness continue to be accurate and dependable resources to share the message of the Exchanged Life. We believe this New Covenant perspective should be central to pastoral ministry. Thomas was used of the Lord to launch the Capernwray Bible Institutes in various countries. Derek Burnside teaches at the mother school in England. In this online video message, Derek speaks on the topic “I’m in Christ and He’s in Me” (John 14:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOoczLDCUOw
A couple of years ago I met a team from Long Hollow Baptist Church. I picked up a copy Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work by their lead pastor, Robby Gallaty, and Ed Stetzer. Robby emphasizes the value of adding a “D Group” to the local church’s disciple-making model. This group is a gender-specific group of about 3 that includes more accountability and intentionality. In Rediscovering Discipleship he relates this model to the disciple-making the New Testament and of John Welsey.
Last weekend I was in Nashville and had the opportunity to worship at Long Hollow. Pastor Robby was concluding a series on the basics of this disciple-making path–“Modern Disciple.” The messages include:
- You Need the Church and the Church Needs You (1 Cor. 12:12-19)
- Find Community (Acts 2:41-47)
- Making Jesus’ Last Words Our First Work (Matt. 28:16-20)
- Every Member is a Minister (Eph. 4:11-14)
You can view or listen to these foundational messages here: LongHollow.com
A new five part video series by Phil Jones has been posted. The theme of union with Christ is a foundational theme for personal renewal. See the introductory message and links at the FBC Powelll page under the Videos tab on this site.
And here is a PDF Bible study document on this theme by John Woodward: Believers_Fourfold_Union_With_Christ
What did my look like before the awareness of the Crucified Life?
- I was indulgent and unrestrained. Marked by these in some degree or another: anger, temper, gossip, discord, frustration, anxiety, worry, harshness, meanness, doubt, unbelief, rebellion, and disobedience.
- My life existed without spiritual sweetness: no aroma; no magnetism; no authenticity; no glow; no victory; no rest; no fruit; no abiding; no surrender; no death to me.
- For many of us on the outside all looks in order: our Christian dress, attendance, service, offerings, praise, prayers, devotions.
- But all emanating from self-conforming and performing of the Christian culture.
- We have replaced serving the world with serving God believing that in that service comes true spiritual growth, fruit and rewards.
- In other words, “The show had no glow.”
What does a life look like after the Crucified Life?
- One full of agape love, joy, calm delight, peace of mind and spirit, enduring patience toward self and others, softness in manner , acting benevolently toward others without any thought of return, confidence and assurance in God, humility and genuine meekness, the ability to be spirit controlled in conversation and in the necessities and needs of life and in one’s relationship to God.
What has the crucified life done for me?
- It has addressed one of the elusive questions on the Christian life, that being “How does one know that they are living a successful Christian life?”
- It has addresses a very personal root problem in my past that being rejection.
- It has placed the fruit of the Christian life in its proper biblical perspective.
- It has freed me from the bondage of human gifting and has placed the results upon the Lord who fills, directs, empowers and engineers His work in and through me.
- It has revealed a biblical nature of man that answers many related questions about our old life without Christ and the new life in Christ.
- It has biblically provided both an objective and a subjective foundation to the nature of man.
- It has provided a platform of transformation that transcends language, culture, generational placement and ethnic origin.
- It has reinforced the salvation side of the cross by reminding us of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has also clarified the struggle of a self-identified life that can only be subdued by the reality of identification with Christ on the cross.
- It has unveiled the crucified life of a believer as being grafted into the person and life of Christ and that the life of Jesus Christ can and should be appropriated and lived through a believer who is in Christ voluntarily, devotionally, practically and experientially.
[Write Pastor Richard Scheer via the contact page. Explore these themes in the free Treasures of Truth course.]