LIVING THE VICTORIOUS & BLESSED LIFE

Redelia McLaurine

Redelia is a public speaker. She was the first place recipient of the 2009 Toastmaster's International Speech Contest Area 21 in Michigan. She loves to study the Word of God, write, perform Christian illustrative dance, decorate, graphic arts, to name a few. Redelia moved from Sterling Heights, Michigan and now resides in Burton , Michigan. At present she is  hosting a Life Group at Faith Tabernacle in Burton.

 

Living the victorious and blessed life (Spiritually) is predicated upon a serious decision you must make. Let's get right to the point. To whom will you give allegiance? There are only two choices:
  1. The "world adversary" (temporal/short-lived/Hell-bound). Foundation: sinking sand.
  2. Christ, Lord of lords, King of kings" (everlasting life). Foundation: solid.

The key to living victorious and blessed life Spiritually is this: Choose Christ. Your life may be or has been torn up from the floor up, but He will accept you as you are. Ask Christ to renew your mind. "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2), and Christ will bless you with fortitude. He is waiting for you to submit yourself to Him and make Him your Lord and Savior. Obey His Word, Trust Him; He knows what is best for you. Make Him first in your life. "Thou shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3).

Take a break from your over-loaded things-to-do lists and extensively evaluate :you". Consider these four questions: Who, Whose, What and Why. They will help elevate you to live that victorious and blessed life (Spiritually).

  1. Who am I? (Identity) It is pertinent that you know who you are and the nature of your character. If you do not know your personal identity, you are opening the door for anyone, especially the adversary, to tell you who they want you to be. Guard the gate of your mind. Don't allow anyone to steal your identity. The adversary specializes in identity theft. You will be like a puppet waiting for someone to pull your strings, having no mind of your own. That kind of life is neither victorious nor blessed. When asked who you are, boldly reply: "I am a child of God". A victorious and blessed life requires boldness.
  2. Whose am I? (Ownership) Know to whom you belong. If you are saved, you belong to Christ: bought with a price. If you are not saved, immediately give your life to Christ. The adversary is waiting to lay claim on you because you are not covered with the Blood of Christ. You are a sitting target. Belonging to Christ means being fully committed to Him. No compromising! Your Christ-like characteristics and integrity will be exemplified. You are known by your fruits. "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). You are Christ's representative.
  3. What am I doing? (Purpose with a Plan) "For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord" (Jeremiah 29:11). Christ has placed you here for a reason. Seeking His face, having a personal relationship with Him and trusting Him will bring about the manifestation of His purpose and plan for you. Spending quiet time with Him each day will give you that victorious and blessed life (Spiritually). This requires obedience; "to obey is better than sacrifice" (1 Samuel 15:22). Meditate on the Word of God day and night. Pray for guidance. He orders your steps. Remain focused, humble and strong. Don't be afraid. Forgive and love. Here's a tall order, but it is do-able: "Live peaceably with all men" (Romans 12:18). Your lifestyle must be of a Spiritual nature.
  4. Why am I doing it? (Christ' sake and His glory). Christ is the only way for you to acquire that victorious and blessed life Spiritually). Obtain wisdom to .."make your calling and election sure" (2 Peter1:10). He is faithful. It is through Him that you can make Heaven your home. You can stand on His promises. The doors that were closed to you, Christ will open and no man can close. Embed within your spirit that it's all about Christ not you or man. Living this type of life will give you the opportunity to witness His existence. When you live a life of victory and you are blessed, others will take note and you are then on your way to winning souls for Christ.

 


 

You cannot claim to be living a victorious and blessed life (Spiritually) and yet involve yourself in worldliness. Once you have made a choice to serve Christ, you have nothing in common with the world. The world is full of evil and ugly things destined to destroy you. You are now set apart as vessels to be used by Him. There are many spiritual privileges in knowing Christ; just to name a few: He will bless you and give you the victory over all that comes up against you. He will walk with you and you can talk to Him about anything. He is a wonderful friend. You can take all your cares (worries) to Him. He looks beyond your faults and is merciful to your needs. "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4). When you are down, He will lift you up. Ask Him for wisdom, knowledge, understanding and Holy Ghost power; He will grant them to you. It just keeps getting better. He loves you unconditionally.

Christ said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). As you walk with Christ, there will be turbulence. You are going to be hated, rejected and attacked by the enemy as Christ was. This is only designed to make you spiritually stronger. The storms of life are inevitable, but you will be like that tree planted by the rivers of waters; you will not be moved. You may get bruised, but God will rub some balm on the bruise and tell you to:" Press on my child. Your brokenness will make you fit for my use and give you the victorious and blessed life (Spiritually) that you desire".

One of the many things lacking in trying to live a victorious and blessed life (Spiritually) is faith. "Without faith it is impossible to please Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Many times Christ will ask you to blindly follow Him. Christ said we must have faith to please Him. When uncertain about a certain situation quote this scripture: "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). Spiritual victories and blessings cannot be obtained without having faith in Christ.

For a continuous victorious and blessed life (Spiritually), it has to be tended to (cultivated). For example, when you plant a garden in your yard, you must "cultivate" it. Cultivate means: to prepare and work on land for growth, i.e. taking out those things that hinders and destroys.  For your life to be fulfilled, successful, flourish and reach your God-given potential, there must be "cultivation".

Once your Spiritual seeds or bulbs are planted in your life, you can't just leave them unattended. For lasting growth you have to "pluck" from your life (start from the root or it will grow back) things such as negative jealous people, toxic relationships, gossips, liars, haters, anything that is a stumbling block to your walk with Christ. Water your victorious and blessed garden of life with the Word of God daily. Ask Christ for strength and protection. This is not how the story ends.

You are special to Christ. He equips you with everything you need. "For I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Christ has birthed into your life something else that will enrich your walk with Him. Gifts. Yes, Spiritual gifts to be used for His glory. "Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by putting on of my hands" (2 Timothy 1:6).

Do not waste your gifts. There is work to be done for Christ. "The harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few" (Matthew 9:37). There are numerous unused God-given gifts within the body of Christ. When the call goes out asking for more people to work in Ministry, give of yourself. Do not volunteer to do ministry work based upon titles and positions; it doesn't impress Christ. He looks at the heart. Remember, this is not about you. Whatever you are asked to do, give your best. We will become stronger when we unite all of our various gifts together in the Name of Jesus.

A joyful spirit is a sign of victory. Let your heart be merry. "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance (Proverbs 15:13). All of your joy should come from Christ. "For the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Most likely, up to this point in your life, you may have experienced much. You probably have gone through some very difficult times, but Christ brought you through. The operative word is "through". You must share with others your testimony; how Christ has brought you out when He showed up and showed out. I refer to the following as the three T's:

  1. Let people know you went through a test.
  2. As a result you have a testimony.
  3. You can't help but tell.

Go on. Live that victorious and blessed life (Spiritually). That is why Christ made that ultimate sacrifice!

 

                       

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