id you know that God’s grace has positioned you, through the resurrection of Jesus, to live the victorious life?
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
God has made us victorious and no longer victims of slavery. What an amazing reality we have in the Lord Jesus Christ! Today, I want to walk you through this victorious life we have received and how God has positioned us to live from a place of victory and not defeat.
To properly walk us through this amazing reality, I will need to call in the services of the Holy Spirit and Joshua, the successor to Moses, who led the people of God into the promised land. The setting in which they found themselves is highly relatable to what we face as Christians. Many believe, when they are born again in Jesus, that life will now come easily to them and that they will never face any hardship. This simply is not true. On the contrary, now that we have new life in Jesus, we are positioned for victory through the blood of Jesus, but we will have to take action to enter into the land of victory over hardship.
When the people of God were facing the promise-land, they had just come out of a period of over 300 years of Egyptian slavery. This slavery is a “type” of what we the enemy placed over us through the power of sin in the garden of Eden. But now, thanks to Jesus, we have been rescued from the power of sin and death and placed into the kingdom of victory! This fact is something that the Apostle Paul reminds God’s people in the book of Galatians.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
“20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Now that we have been set free from the bondage of sin, it is our duty and joy to walk into the promises God has over our lives. This is the same type of condition the people of God were facing as Joshua took over for Moses. Although they had the “promise” of the promise-land, they still had to take “possession” of it.
On the eve of Joshua stepping into the promise-land, God spoke to Joshua and gave him the keys to living in victory.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7)
This scripture gives us the first key to living a victorious Christian life. In order for there to be victory in our lives, God’s Word must be our compass.
God’s Word Is The Compass
Joshua and the people of God were faced with an impossible reality. Seven nations were on the eve of waring with them for possession of the promise-land. What did God give Joshua would position him for victory? Well, let’s first think of the options that anyone would consider.
- How about giving Joshua the greatest military weapon on the planet?
- Superior wisdom for the battle?
- The plans the first nuclear weapon?
- A lightsaber?
- The greatest soldiers in the modern world?
The truth is, God knows not even one of these would have stood the test. Instead, God gave Joshua the greatest weapon, His Word!
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
God was showing Joshua that when the Word of God is the compass of our lives, we will always be in the right direction for victory.
God was showing Joshua that when the Word of God is the compass of our lives, we will always be in the right direction for victory. God was also showing us, on the contrary, that if the Word of God is not our compass, we will be conquered by the enemy and never fully step into a place of victory in our life.
Quite simply, the Word of God is our greatest weapon!
God’s Word is Our Greatest Weapon
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joins and marrow…” (Hebrews 4:12)
God gave Joshua the greatest weapon on the planet, His Word. On the battlefield, in my mind, I can only imagine how many times, when things were starting to get difficult, that he would remind himself of what God had told him. Years later, the prophet Isaiah would give us key insight into the nature of God’s Word, something that Joshua himself would have experienced.
“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
God’s Word does not return void! It will accomplish the purpose for which it was given. It will succeed in the thing for which it was sent. Today, I pray that you rest on this promise, knowing that when you dive deep into the Word of God, you will truly learn how to live a victorious Christian life. As you leave today’s posts, take heart some of these encouraging scriptures to position your heart living the victorious Christian life!
“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)