04 Apr Experiencing Victory as a New Creation (Part 2)
Experiencing Victory as a New Creation (Part 2)
Three key aspects are important in our understanding and experiencing victory in our Christian faith. They are:
- Our identity in Christ; this includes our position, our authority and the consciousness we build into our lives. Who are we? How we see ourselves and how far have we allowed circumstances to define us.
- Our Conduct; this includes our behaviour, our service and our attitude. Do we operate in obedience, in compliance with God’s Word, and are we consistent and faithful? With no hidden agendas?
- Our Capacity, this includes what levels we come into as a result of our consistency in carrying out our services and our consciousness of who we are and what we have. Capacity goes with responsibility. When we take responsibility we can develop capacity. This determines the levels of results we get. Callings are a product of capacity and function in the kingdom.
These three affect each other. If we don’t know who we are in Christ, it will affect our conduct. If our conduct is contrary to God’s word it will wear out any consciousness we have of who we are. It is taking the right image and the right conduct to build capacity in the right things.
It matters how we see ourselves. It practically determines how we conduct ourselves and influences the outcomes we get in our lives. The enemy will rather we see ourselves as victims of our circumstances not victors over situations around us.
Review of the first part: our new identity, our conduct and how we develop our capacity to experience more of God’s power and presence and wisdom.
It is how we see ourselves that affect how we conduct ourselves and whether we shall be faithful and consistent in the things we do. It is our consistency that will determine our capacity being developed in the right things. When we take responsibility, we can develop capacity.
Today we shall continue our study based on Romans chapter 8. We shall be seeing how our position affects our conduct and how capacity is developed. Victory is guaranteed when Capacity is developed.
Romans 8:1-11 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Our position puts some responsibilities on how we conduct ourselves.
Our Conduct: our behaviour, our service and our attitude.
Romans 8:12-18 (KJV)
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
1 Peter 4:1-2 (KJV)
For as much then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Our Capacity is built and victory is guaranteed.
Romans 8:19-38 (KJV)
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
(Our Prayer life)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ
Romans 8:32-37 (KJV)
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Conclusion and steps to victory
Become fully persuaded that you are who God’s word says you are. You have and can do what God’s word says you have and can do.
Become consistent in aligning your conduct with God’s word. In your personal life of holiness, your service in His kingdom: winning souls and serving His purposes in the lives of others.
Develop capacity through consistency in prayers, study and meditation in God’s word, as well as in faith, believing that what He said He can bring it to pass.
Let your attitude be that of dependence on God for His mercy, goodness and grace.
Cast all anxieties over on God for He cares for you.
Philippians 4:6-9 (KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Rev. Kola Ewuosho