Monday, 12 October 2015
On some mornings, I would wake up with a word or a thought. This morning, I heard the words ‘live victoriously’ and I started writing …
Living victoriously is:
- Winning souls for Christ
- Living in the will of God
- Being used by God
Living victoriously is not:
Wealth and success are blessings.
The reward for our work unto the Lord is in heaven. What is it like? We do not know but to think of a heavenly reward in the form of a huge mansion is the mindset of the world.
Jesus said that there are many rooms in His Father’s big house. To me, Jesus is telling us that there is still room for us, “Repent, come home to the Father. There is room for you.”
Why are we upset by the word ‘repent’? Why don’t we ‘see’ ourselves as sinners? We refuse to admit that we are sinners. We use words to deny that we are sinners. We get offended when someone tells us to repent.
In God’s eyes, we are all sinners. That is why He sent His Son to save us and transform us.
We are God’s new creation only when we are born again of the Spirit. We can bear the fruit of the Spirit only when we are filled with the Spirit.
What was Saul the Pharisee doing before he met Jesus? He was persecuting and killing Christians. What did Jesus do? Jesus stopped him on the road to Damascus. Then, Saul was sent to ‘school’ to be taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by the Holy Spirit, and transformed by the Holy Spirit. With a new mindset, Apostle Paul (who was previously Saul) was sent to the Gentiles. What a blessing!
Saul who was a learned man knew the Scriptures very well but he was taught by the wrong teachers. He became used by God only after Jesus gave him a new Teacher, the Holy Spirit.
Peter was a fisherman, hardworking, impulsive and courageous. He suddenly became a coward when he faced ‘death’. Fear made him deny Jesus, not once but three times. When Jesus LOOKED at him, Peter broke down. It was a powerful look of LOVE that pierced deep into Peter’s heart. Repentance followed. Repentance tore down everything that stood between Peter and Jesus. Repentance will tear down everything that stands between us and God. Amen.
Through the Holy Spirit, God provides us with strength, wisdom and boldness to do His will. When Peter was filled with the Spirit, he spoke in the Spirit. Fear no longer has a hold on Peter. Fear flees. Doubts flee.
All that is not of God will flee when we are filled with the Spirit.
When a person is full of the Spirit, it is apparent. He is transformed. He lives a transformed life. His choices reveal Christ. His habits reveal Christ. His attitude reveals Christ. His lifestyle reveals Christ. He speaks like Christ. He thinks like Christ. He loves like Christ. He forgives like Christ. Amen.
Christ was in the world but not of the world. He sat with sinners. He taught them the truth.
Jesus’ ministry lasted only 3 years. Can we imagine how much Jesus did in just 3 years’ of ministry?
So, what did Jesus talk about when he sat with sinners?
Dear Father God,
Forgive us for being part-time Christians. Help us to be full-time Christians.
Your Word says:
Father, You are Spirit and we are born again - of the Spirit.
In Matthew 7:12 Jesus said, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Help us to listen and obey.
Help us to walk the straight and narrow path. We want to enter through the narrow gate. Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life. Only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14) O, Father God, help us to find it!
Help us to watch out for false prophets. By their fruit we will recognize them. (Matthew 7:20) Not everyone who says to You, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of God. (Matthew 7:21)
Help us to live victoriously as full-time Christians.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Lam Yee Ling