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"He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son" .... 2 John 1:9

     How to Live a Victorious Life?

(A condensed Message of Pastor Gulam on August 10 2014 at GDL, BLR)

 

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” – Revelation 3:21

 

Not only the people of God, even drunkards and those who are slaved to various bad habits desire to live a victorious life.  Drunkards wants to stop drinking, smokers desire to stop smoking, but not victory, those who get angry they do not like to get angry but they have no victory.  People like to take fasting, but they have no victory.  When we have no victory or are unable to get victory which speaks that we are slave to some kind of negative powers.  Irrespective of religions people know these characters are not apt for them, but they do not know how to get victory over them.  Like that all religions speak and work for salvation, which itself speaks that they have lost or fallen from something, but they are unaware what happened for such loss or fall.   Since they do not understand the cause they are unable to obtain the salvation or deliverance.

 

Why we need to live a victorious life?  All religions and people desire for victorious life but they do not know how to live a victorious life.  They have theory but are unable to put in practical.  There is only one book in the world speaks about victorious life, that is HOLY BIBLE.  For this victory there is no bloodshed or loss of life.

 

When we think about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, it is very well understood that all will not be raptured at that moment.  All those who are ready to go with Him, Christ is also ready to accept them, but all those who want to stay back, He will leave them and go.  Therefore all those who want to be caught up at His coming should lead a victorious life.  Christ is coming soon, and when His time is come He will come and no power of man or world or Satan stop Him.  He sends the sign of His coming time to time in order to quicken and revive His people. 

 

There was news in September 21 2007 that in the public hospital of Itaquai (Brazil) a female child was born with hands joined together, with just one membrane (skin) layer, like one who’s praying.  But when the doctors removed that membrane into two, there was a writing “JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON” and the doctors and all those who were there started weeping and confessing their sins. There was a great revival.  This way many wonderful signs are taking place here and there and people got revived.  He is not coming for all, but only for the victorious people.

 

How to live a victorious life? 

Late Pastor R V Peter while serving the LORD in Secundrabad Center some rowdies and Gundas came and threatened him saying, we will pluck out your teeth.  He replied, why you should take, I will take it and give to you.   This is called victorious life.  Victorious life is the seventh steps of salvation in Christian life and to do a victorious life, one should pass all the other six steps of salvation; viz. born again, water baptism, baptism of the Holy Spirit, divine healing, separation life, entire sanctification, etc.   Holy Bible alone teaches us to live an overcoming life and that is why others are unable to live a victorious life.  Why? We need a roll model to show the way of victorious life.  Nobody is there to show the way of victorious life. 

 

Jesus asked “which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say to the truth, why do ye not believe me?” (Jn.8:46).  Jesus did no sin, knew no sin and in him was no sin.  He took victory over sin, Satan and the world.  He is a roll model for us to live a victorious life.  He brought sin and Satan under his feet.  He did not allow them to climb upon his head and reign but kept under His feet.  Satan’s place in our life is under our feet and not upon our head.  Jesus boldly says, I am the way (Jn.14:6).  He did not say, there is a way, there might be a way, you go and find a way out to live an overcoming life, etc, but says, I am the way.  Therefore we have no excuse to say, we cannot live an overcoming life.  Bible alone teaches us clearly how to live a victorious life.

 

When we look at the scripture we see the First World War in Genesis chapter 14.  The 1st World War took place in 1914, followed by 2nd World War in 1942, but in the scripture we read another World War prior to all these.  It was a bloody battle, four kings fought against five kings.  Many lives lost in the battle.  Both the groups came for a battle.  All the battles of the scripture and battles of the world are a type and model of the battles we face in our spiritual life and we should learn out of those battles how to fight our battles and get victory.  In our Christian life a battle is there continuously.  We have enemies in our spiritual life. Four kings got victory over five kings and his soldiers.  They could not defeat the four kings with his soldiers.  Psalmist says “there is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength” (Psa.33:16).  Nobody can escape or get victory over his enemies by man power or muscle power.  If so, those five kings could get victory over four kings.  Our late Pastor N V Sam used to say, “I have mental power, but no man power”. 

 

In July 4, 1976, 103 Israelites were hijacked by West German and Palestinian militants and flown to Uganda demanding the release of their 53 militants imprisoned in Israel.  In response 100 Commandos of the Israel Air Force flown to Uganda night time for about 2500 miles and released the Jews in a well executed raid, without much blood shed.  The local government of Idi Amin personally supported the hijackers.  Commandos went over the enemies land without detecting their plane in their radar.  Israel kingdom is too small amidst seven enemy nations but they are unable to defeat or overthrown the Israel kingdom.  Enemies spent crores of rupees to destroy but nobody could, for God is with them.  Even in the present ongoing war the terrorist of Gaza says, “Their (Israel) God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air” (August 05, 2014). 

 

The battle is not with flesh and blood, not with man power but with mental power.  St. Paul says, our wrestle is against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph.6:12).  Dear child of God, you are in the midst of battlefield.  It is depends upon you whether to win or loose.  There is no 50 – 50 either to win or loose. 

 

Who are those four kings (Genesis 14)? 

There are four powers; principalities, powers, rulers, spiritual wickedness.  We have to put on the whole armour of God to withstand tricks, wiles and cunningness of these powers. On the earth we do not have any physical fight against human being.  Do not fight with husband wife; parents children, or with neighbours or co-workers in offices.  We are not battling against flesh and blood, but we cannot say we do not have any battle.  Satan knows he cannot directly fight and win so he makes people to fight each others and people do so, Satan get more opportunity to work in our life.  When we fight physically we will not get time to fight against Satan and his four powers.

 

Who are those five kings?

St. Paul says though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity (2 Cor. 10:3-5).  We should not fight for chicken, fish or eatable items, whether you get it or not, we should not fight. 

 

There was a mother who used to come with her child for meeting.  While the sermon is going on the child enjoy the message and used to say Halleluiah.  Yet the members of the church got disturbed and warned not to do henceforth.  After reaching home mother told, child I know you are enjoying the message and that is why you are telling Halleluiah but people could understand you.  So next week I will purchase a best shoe for you but you should keep silent in the meeting.  The child agreed and both of them went to the church next Sunday.  When the child was keeping silent everybody got surprised thinking what happened for the boy, why is silent today?  However towards the end of the sermon the boy could not control himself and said, whether I get shoe or not, Halleluiah.  This is called victorious life.

 

Our only aim or duty is to lead a victorious life.  After completion of seven steps of salvation you are ready for His coming.  These five kings are in you.  The first spiritual battle started in the Garden of Eden between God – man – Satan –vs- Satan – man – God.  Battle was for man to get victory over sin. 

 

Other religious people in general used to think sin means murder, stealing, adultery etc.  What is sin realy?  In the Garden of Eden first man and his wife desired that fruit more than God.  They loved Satan more than God and thereby they obeyed Satan and disobeyed God.  They loved their own self than God.  They loved the fruit, Satan or their self.  Many people love their rest, comfort, beauty, wife – husband – children – parents, health, hair, job, money, house, car, position, more than God.  In short anything that we love more than God is sin.  A sinner cannot lead a victorious life.  We should love God and Him alone then we can lead a victorious life.  Father gave His only begotten son for the salvation of mankind.  Abraham loved God more than his only son Isaac.  If we love God we should love his sheep (servants of God), sheep (believers) and little flock (Sunday school children) (Jn.21:15-18). Find out what is that you love more than God and lay it upon alter and ask God to send His fire to consume it.

 

In the first spiritual battle man got defeated.  Spirit of God was ruling and controlling them.  God said, the day you eat the forbidden fruit, you shall die.  Therefore when they ate the forbidden fruit, the spirit which was controlling the man got died and he got separated from God.  That day onwards the five kings started to rule over man.  Number of man is 5 – five senses; number of Satan is 5 + 1 = 6; Number of God is 5 + 1 + 1 = 7 (perfection).  Number 4 stands for the four corners of the world or four gospel; 3 stands for the Triune God; two stands for witness; 1 stands of God.  Number 8 stands for the eight kind of ministries; 9 stands for nine gifts; 10 stands for Ten Commandment.

 

With these five senses we can understand only the past and present, not our future.  Satan got one more sense and thereby he can understand the revealed future things too.  That is why when you reveal your future plans through your mouth Satan understand it and start to work against your plan.  But God knows all things; past, present and future.  He is same yesterday, today and for ever (Heb.13:8).

 

These five senses work even in eternity.  We understand it from the rich man’s life (Lk.16:23,24).  He could see, talk, understand, he had concern about his brethren, he had thirst, etc.  The four kings always fight against these five kings.   In that war they came and took away Lot and his family and Lot is now under captivity. 

 

Lot speaks our soul; about him it is mentioned “the soul of the righteous Lot“ (2 Pet. 2:8).   The soul which is saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ is taken away by the four kings (Satan and his powers) and they are fighting against the five kings (five senses) by which life of man are being ruled.  It is not the desire of God that this soul should be subjected either to these two groups of kings but he should be delivered.  Satan wants to take away our soul and make him to commit sin so that it may reach to hell alongwith Satan.

 

In order to deliver Lot and his family Abraham went alongwith his 318 servants who were trained in his house.  Abraham is known as “father of faith”.  He hoped against hope and received the promise of God (Rom.4:18).  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb.12:14).  He did not go alone; he took his 318 servants who were trained in his house.  Apostles learned to live by faith and that is why we read “the just shall live by his faith” (Rom.1:17).  The total of 318 is = 12 which stands for the apostolic doctrines and their fellowship (Acts 2:42).  We are the good soldiers of Jesus Christ (2 Tim.2:2,3).  Our faith work joining with the apostolic teachings and their fellowship, our precious soul will be delivered from these two groups of kings.  Time has come to live a victorious life.

 

Our enemies are – Serpant, sin, sickness and self or otherwise Satan, world, flesh and sin and if you are not taking victory over these and destroy them, our soul will not go to heaven.  We have to subdue Satan under our feet and thresh him there (Rom.16:20).  His place in our life is under our feet and not on our head.  All our sorrows and troubles will be cased and we should live an overcoming life, in order to wait ardently for His coming. 

 

While Abraham got victory in the battle and return alongwith Lot Melchisedec, the king of Salem met him and blessed him (Gen.14:18).  Melchisedec is a type of Holy Spirit and when we lead an overcoming life, we will be blessed by the Holy Spirit.  He will accept our faith and bless.  We will be gathered unto Himself. The victorious man-child will be caught up to the throne of God (Rev.12:5).  Sun-clad woman speaks the New Testament church and her man-child speaks people who lead a victorious life.  Jesus said, he that overcome will I grant him power to sit on the throne of God (Rev.3:21).  He that overcomes shall inherit all things.