Bible studies for January 2003
Study 3: THE EVIDENCES OF VICTORIOUS LIVING
Every tree is recognized by the kind of fruit it bears (Matthew 7:16-20; 12:33; Luke 6:43,44; James 3:12). Every believer enjoying abundant life and basking in victory can usually be known by the kind of spiritual fruit he bears and the quality of his relationship with the Lord. Last week we considered “GRACE FOR VICTORIOUS LIVING” and saw how that Jesus expects every recipient of divine grace to “Go and sin no more” (John 8:1-11). There is no gainsaying the effectual working of divine grace. Whereas the saints of God are not sufficient unto any thing, the grace of God is sufficient unto all things. Do you enjoy that sufficient grace on a daily basis? This leads to another important question - “What are the evidences of victorious living?” What are the radiant qualities of a life embedded in Christ?
COMMITMENT TO HIS LORDSHIP
Luke 6:46; 14:25-27,33; John 14:21,23,24; 8:31; 10:27; 12:26; 2:5,7; Matthew 26:19; 21:6; 12:50; 10:38; 16:24; 9:9; Hosea 6:3
The loyal and trustworthy servant will do according to his Master’s bidding. Our christianity is as genuine as our commitment to Christ’s Lordship. Is our obedience prompt and complete? Do we grudge His intrusion into our private lives? Will we follow Him no matter the cost?
CONFORMITY TO HIS LIKENESS
1 John 1:6,7; 2:6; Colossians 2:6; 1 Peter 2:21; Ephesians 4:17,20; 5:1-7; Romans 12:1,2; 8:29
The true disciple shall be as his Lord in character, commitment, and comportment. He stands head and shoulders above reproach in matters of moral honesty, pre-marital chastity, marital fidelity, diligence at work, and yet busy at his Father’s business. We cannot claim to be conformed to His likeness if we are Jacob at heart but Esau in clothing. We must be like Christ in all departments of our life.
CONTINUANCE IN HIS LOVE
John 8:30-32; 15:9; 1 John 5:21; Jude 21; Romans 8:35-39
Trials and tribulations, distress and discouragements, poverty, peril or persecution cannot separate the victorious one from the love of Christ. The storms of opposition does not move him, the streams of seduction cannot wash him away from the shores for he is founded on Christ the solid rock. The regularity and solidity of our fellowship with Christ and continuance in His love is a true measure of the breadth and depth of our victorious life.
Please email your comments to email@example.com