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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Living in Victory, Not Defeat

Holiness. How often do you hear Christians speak of it? Not often enough? You're not alone.

I've been studying holiness both by reading relevant books and examining Scripture. I have so often heard that we can have victory in Christ but we are doomed to fall in sin again and again. Is that true? The more I study the more that I realize that we are supposed to live "victoriously" as "conquerers" in Christ. This can only be done by staying in the Word so that when a temptation comes along, Scripture comes to mind, empowering the will to abstain from sin.

I know that in my own life I have fallen in sin far too often. Wickedness has been given far too much ground. But for a long while I felt that it was impossible to live a life of victory. Thanks be to God that he is reminding me of what it takes to lead that life of victory: conquer each temptation individually because--as Dwight L. Moody says in his book Your Victory in Jesus--every victory, no matter how small, is a step closer to the Savior.

1 comment:

Erastes Christianou said...

I too am finally learning that it is possible to live in victory, and only through the power of Christ! I am learning about Holiness and ultimate surrender to my Savior - and it's been an interesting and eye-opening week.

This was a position that almost a year ago I was dead against - but God has been working in my heart since then, and I'm finally learning.

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