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Live a Victorious Life in Christ By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

 

 

Contributed by Sis. Virgie Catangay

All around us we see the work of Satan. He tempts us to sin. He plants seeds of bitterness, hate, and envy in hearts. He deceives us with his subtle lies and half-truths.

We only have to look as far as the news to see the results on a global scale: Hatred and anger inciting countless skirmishes around the world. Greed and selfishness are fueling corruption. Extremists are persecuting Christians for their faith in Jesus Christ, even in democratic nations founded upon Christianity. Satan's campaigns are weakening our religious freedoms.

While we must take responsibility for our own actions, we can trace much of our contention to the plans of Satan. As long as we live in this world, the devil can and will try to pull us down.

The good news is that we can learn to fight him and not give in to temptation. It is a growth process as we learn how to overcome him. I want to share seven main points today to help you in your spiritual battles:

  1. Remember the victory is ours.
  2. Lay down your life.
  3. Lock the doors each morning.
  4. Put on your battle gear.
  5. Praise the Lord.
  6. Pray for the other person.
  7. Start thinking of heaven.

Walking in each of these areas will bring peace and joy into our lives, knowing that the devil cannot bring us down. The first point, remember the victory is ours, points to Jesus' victory on the cross when He declared, "It is finished" (John 19:30). He secured our salvation and has provided everything we need to live victorious lives. 

The second, lay down your life, can be summed up by James' words: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

In the third area, we need to lock the doors each morning by closing any doors in our hearts that are susceptible to sin and by humbling ourselves before God — for without Him, we can do nothing. In our own strength, we are no match for Satan. "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature" (Galatians 5:16).

The fourth point, put on your battle gear, refers to the armor of God — both the uniform and the weapons. Read Ephesians 6:10-17 and be intentional about putting on the full armor of God.

Fifth, praise the Lord. It is easy to do when things are great. However, when we are struggling and need to put Satan in his place, praise is a sure way to defeat him.

The sixth step is prayer. The most difficult thing to do is to pray for others who have wronged us. Yet the words of Jesus instruct us, "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).

The seventh step is to start thinking of heaven. When we do, we will have the right perspective filled with hope of eternal victory.

We can have victory over Satan if we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of the Lord and allow Him to show us the things we need to learn. He has provided everything for us — we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. Let us go forth rejoicing in all we have in Him.

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