The following guidelines for living a victorious life come from the Bible, and these principles really work. The reason why they work is that most of our problems come from
- what we think,
- which affects how we feel,
- which then controls our behavior,
- which then directs the events of our lives.
For example, if you think about the things you don’t like about your spouse, it will cause you to feel angry. When you feel mad, you will act out your anger in aggressive or passive-aggressive ways. When you act on your anger, then there will be strife, which leads to a terrible marriage and maybe even divorce, which will negatively affect the rest of your life and the lives of your family. Therefore, when we change the way we think, then our feelings change, our behavior changes, and the events of our life changes. For example, instead of thinking of all the things you don’t like about your spouse, think about the things you do like or are thankful for, then tell your spouse what you love about them and are grateful for. When you think good thoughts then you will act or behave with kindness and grace, which will cause you to have a good or even great marriage, which then will affect your life and family positively. This is a victorious life.
The first step to victorious living is to be spiritually healed. Spiritual healing begins by believing and confessing we are sinners and that Jesus Christ is God the Son, who died and rose again, forgives our sins, and frees us from sins control (See Jn 1:29; 1 Jn 4:15; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Col 1:14; & Gal 5:1). When we confess this with our mouth and believe it with our heart, then God the Holy Spirit and His love, life, and light enter into our hearts (See Gal 4:6 & 1 Cor 6:17). If you have not made this confession, then do it now to experience spiritual healing (See Rom 10:9-13 & Eph 2:1-10). Next, do the following actions regularly to continue to live victoriously.
CONTEMPLATION OF SCRIPTURE
Contemplate means to look at and think about intently; study; consider, (see James 1:25).
Remember, the Bible is our guidebook for living the new life we have received through believing in Jesus Christ. To know how to live the new life, do the following steps for all bible passages in this guide. Also, try to memorize a verse each day to reinforce the truths of God’s Word. Psalms 119:11 says, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
- Read the verse(s) slowly several times inviting God to impress upon you the word, phrase, or sentence from the text that He most wants to speak to you. Record these words.
- Reflect on this word or phrase from the text and consider its intersection with your life and with other passages of Scripture. What do you sense God saying to you through this text? Be still and let the words from Scripture fill your heart and mind.
- Write a prayer of response to God in light of what He has spoken to you. This prayer can be one of thanksgiving, confession, or petition, to name a few. Note any changes or commitments you will make to God as a result of being confronted, convicted, comforted, challenged, or confirmed by this biblical text.
1) Live through Christ Jesus: See 1 John 4:9-12, 17; 2 Cor 13:4; Gal 2:20
- By keeping our minds on Him and transform our thinking to reflect His Will for our lives: See Col 3:1-4; Is 26:3; James 1:21; Rom 12:2; Phil 4:8
- Know He suffered all temptations to help us when we struggle with negative or wrong thoughts, and He will help us when we pray and ask: See Heb 2:17-18; 4:15-16; 1 Cor 10:13
- By abiding (remain in; dwell) in Him, and His words abiding in us: See Jn 15:1-8; 1 John 2:24; Jam 1:21-25; 4:6-8; Matt 7:24-26
- By forgiving as He forgave (this is critical for living victoriously): See Matt 6:12-15; 18:21-35; Col 3:13; Mark 11:25
- By having His attitude of humility: See Phil. 2:3-11; Matthew 11:29; 1 Peter 5:5
- By loving as He Loved: See John 15:9-14; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; 16:14
2) Rely on the Holy Spirit as our Helper: See John 14:26 and John 15:26. To renew us See Titus 3:3-7 & 1 Cor 6:11. To put off our old life and put on the new life: See Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:5-15; 2 Cor 5:17
3) Die to sin (consider it dead) and do what is right by setting our minds on the things of the Spirit: See 1 Peter 2:24; Rom 6:10-14; 8:4-11; 1 John 1:7; 3:5-8, 14; Col 3:5-17, Eph 4:17-32; 5:8; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:11; James 1:21; Gal 5:22-25. Deny the flesh (sin & evil) and avoid the consequences: See James 1:13-15; Gal 5:16-21; 6:7-8; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Rom 8:7-8, 13-14; Mark 7:20-23; Rev 21:8
4) Pray continually: See Phil 4:6-7; Rom 12:12; 1 Thes 5:17 –Turn every wrong, sinful thought into a prayer of repentance and renewal immediately. The longer we think wrong thoughts the further down the wrong path we will go (1 John 1:9; 3:21-24).
5) Submit to God and stand firm against the enemy of our minds and our faith: See James 4:7,8; Gal 5:1; Eph 6:10-17; 1 Peter 5:6-10; Heb 11:1, 6; 12:1-3; 1 John 5:4-5
6) Persevere through trials; trusting God is at work, and put our hope in Him: See John 16:33; 1 Peter 1:6-9; 4:12-14, 19; Matt 6:33-34; 8:28; James 1:2-4, 12; 5:11; Heb 10:36-39; 12:5-7; Rom 5:2-4; 8:18; Lam 3:21-25; Is 30:18; Ps 62:5-8; 147:11; Luke 6:22; 2 Cor 4:17-18; 12:10
7) Do the Will of God, found in the Word of God: See James 1:21-25; 1 Peter 4:2; Matt 3:35; Rom 12:2; 1 Thes 4:3; 5:12-18; 1 Pet 2:15; 1 John 2:17; 5:14-15
SO WHAT MAKES A CHRISTIAN DIFFERENT?
A Christian has been given a supernatural (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Tim 1:7) new life and has been set free from the bondage of sin and the Devil’s control: See 1 Cor 6:17; Gal 5:1; John 8:36; Rom 6:6-7; 1 John 1:9; 3:8-10; Eph 2:1-3; Col 2:13-15; 2 Peter 1:2-3.
A Christian understands their sins are atoned for and forgiven: See John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:18-19.
They know they are redeemed (debt of sin is paid for): See Rom 3:23-25; Col 1:14; Eph 1:7-10.
And they are reconciled to God: See Romans 5:8-11