By Karen Polich
“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are!” John C. Maxwell
We each have the opportunity to live a victorious life. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 contains the elements of a victorious Christian life. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (Listen to Pastor Michael M. Cook’s Sermon, Conquest to Victory here.)
Are we aware of the Savior’s purchase? We have been purchased at great price and are not our own. That can be a hard concept for us in America where we are so focused on freedom and independence. As Christians, we signed up and are free from sin, but discipleship of our lives is not ours to control. We need awareness of Jesus as Lord and Master over us.
Are we awake to the Savior’s presence? We’re sealed by the Holy Spirit. 1 John 4:4 says, You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. We have been given the power of the Holy Spirit, living in us.
Are we available for the Father’s purpose? The call on our lives and the gifts we are given differ, but we all have the same purpose. We are called to bring glory to Him and His name. What gets in the way of living out our purpose? Sometimes it’s fear. It can also be the result of our casual approach that puts distance between us and God. Distance is a killer. The casual moments may be our weakest. Without intentional focus we are prone to drifting.
Living a victorious life brings us closer to God. It allows us to live with the intent of bringing Him the glory He deserves. When we understand we have been bought at a hefty price and know our purpose, we can move into the dimension of success. It’s the conquest to victory.