IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE GLORIOUS LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1st Peter 1:3
The transcendent life, a life of absolute victory, success, and excellence is what Christ came to give us. In Him, we have an ever-winning, joyous life, with power over crises and dominion over circumstances. Some people don’t think it’s possible to live like this on earth, but in Christ Jesus, it’s not only possible, but normal. Our theme scripture says He came for you to have and enjoy life.
When we were born the first time, we were not born for glory. Our first birth brought us into the human family. Every person that is born into this world becomes a descendant of Adam. Because of this they receive his sinful nature. The entire human family has been separated from the life of God. They are destined for eternal judgment. Because of our sin, we are spiritually dead. But God who is rich in mercy has provided us with a way to be born again.
The kind of life Jesus showed to the world was free from pain, lack, and fear, and was filled with health, prosperity, and peace. Jesus came to bring total restoration of the God-kind of life to each of us while here on earth and eternal life in heaven!
Each day, our life can be filled with His power, His joy, His peace, and His faith. In fact, 2 Peter 1:3 says that all things that pertain to life and godliness are ours today! You have a God-given potential for excellence! Never settle for mere existence, when you can have excellence!
Honor God’s Word
I believe that the first step toward living a glorious life of excellence is to make a quality decision to honor God’s Word. When you honor God’s Word, you will seek it out and desire to understand everything that God has planned for your life. God’s Word is His will revealed to us.
2Timothy 2:5 tells us to:
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Diligent study always produces quality workers for God who are confident and full of faith. Understanding God’s Word enables us to achieve excellence in every area of life. You can have excellent health, excellent relationships, an excellent business, and an excellent spirit. Jesus came to give you a glorious, abundant, excellent life, but you will need to apply yourself and seek it out. It will not just drop into your lap.
When you commit to honor God’s Word and understand His will for your life, you will prosper. A wholehearted approach to everything that you do will always produce a life of excellence. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
You may ask, “Does that mean if you’re a Christian, you don’t face crises or problems?” That’s not what it means! 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” You’ll have to face trials, tests and difficulties, but the Word says, “In all these things, we’re more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37); you’ll always be a champion.
2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ….” God ALWAYS causes us to triumph in Christ, irrespective of where you are and what the problem is! The challenges and crises of life are for your promotion. The contrary winds drive your roots deeper. If you’re going to fly high, it’ll have to be against the direction of the wind. So, welcome trouble; don’t be scared or intimidated by challenges, because you’ve already overcome them in Christ (1 John 4:4).
God has given you a life greater than sickness, disease, failure and death, a life of peace, strength, health and prosperity. 1 Corinthians 3:21 says, “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.” Psalm 1:3 says you’re like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in his season—and whatsoever you do prospers.
The knowledge of these realities should give you a new mind-set. Imagine a life where you don’t experience lack and there’re no limitations! Imagine a life of absolute productivity, fruitfulness, significant attainments and constant progress! That’s the life you have in Christ. It’s a glorious life!
Dear Father, I thank you for the glorious life I have in Christ Jesus. I have and enjoy life to the full. No matter the difficulties and trials that come my way, they’re for my promotion and growth in life, from glory to glory. When men are cast down, I’m lifted, because I fly on eagle’s wings. I’m grateful for the triumphant life I have in Christ. Hallelujah!
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