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The Gospel Explained - Part 7

"The Victorious Christian Life"

by David Legge | Copyright © 2010 | All Rights Reserved | www.preachtheword.com

'Preach The Word'I believe I have message from the Lord, and I believe we're going to meet with God tonight, and so I want us to pray just now, and all bow our heads and seek the Lord.

I wonder have you come expecting to meet with God? Would it really surprise you if God spoke to you tonight?

Now, while your head is bowed, I want to ask you why you've come tonight. It's good you're here, but why have you come? It's OK to come to meet your friends, that's alright - and it's not a bad thing to come if you're looking for more than a friend! Better coming here and looking for that than looking elsewhere! But you know, I wonder have you come to meet with God? I wonder have you come expecting to meet with God? Would it really surprise you if God spoke to you tonight? Well, I believe He's going to - but I want to challenge you: is your heart open to God saying something to you? As we pray just now, perhaps you would even just say: 'Lord, I open my heart to You, I open my heart to You now to speak to me'? What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of God speaking to you? I hope not. He doesn't want to do you any harm. He only wants to help you and bless you. So why not pray that with me as we come before the Lord now?

Father, we want to thank you for the cross of Jesus, Your Holy Child, Jesus; for that precious blood that flowed down from that cross, that cleanses us from all sin. Lord, hands that should discard us are open, welcoming us to come and it's incredible that we should think if it. Oh God, I pray that just now that, as we meditate upon your Holy Word, that we would hear the voice of Jesus through the cross; that we would know the power of the blood of Jesus through this message - and, Lord, that lives of people gathered here tonight will be liberated, emancipated, set free by the power of Almighty God. Lord we believe You are here. We believe it with all our hearts. We sense Your presence. We sense You so near, Lord, and we ask that You will, to those who to whom You're dead just now, Lord, that You would awaken them by Your Spirit. For Christians who are here, and I know they're here, and they are struggling with sin, and with temptation, and with failure - they're backslidden. Maybe there're some here and they think they're Christians and they are not truly saved. Oh God, I pray that, by Your Spirit, You will come and diagnose each of our conditions, and that You will do the work that needs to be done to bring us to Christ beneath the cross. Lord, I need Your help tonight. I cast myself afresh before You, beneath the cross, and ask for Your infilling of the Holy Spirit and Your enablement - for Christ's sake and for His Glory alone. Amen.

The victorious Christian life... that's what some of you are not living right now, and I know that - because if you were all living it, well, there would be revival...

I want you to turn with me, please, to Romans chapter 6. Now, I used to, whenever people got saved, I used to tell them that the best place, perhaps, you could start reading the Bible - you know you're meant to read the Bible whenever you get saved? It's the way God speaks to you - and in any relationship there's got to be dialogue - God speaking to you through His Word and you speaking to Him through prayer. I would often have said that the best place to start, perhaps, is John's Gospel or 1st John - the first epistle of John. But I've changed my mind - you're allowed to change your mind! - and I now would direct people to Romans chapter 6, chapter 7 and chapter 8. We're going to find out why this evening, because in Romans chapters 6, 7 and 8 - we're only looking at chapter 6 - we have the secret (and I don't like that word straight away, because it's not a secret, it's here). It's an open secret, but it's secret in the sense that many people never have discovered it: the secret to the victorious Christian life. That's what some of you are not living right now, and I know that - because if you were all living it, well, there would be revival probably, and there isn't just yet.

So let's read Romans Chapter 6: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord".

One of the major themes of the book of Romans is how you can be right with God. I don't know whether you've ever thought about it or not, but that's basically the reason for all religion. People want to get right with God - they know, in a sense, that they're not right with God. Now you're here tonight, and I want to ask you that: do you know if you're not right with God? Do you understand what that means?

It's not just things that we do that make us sinners, it's what we are. We are, by nature, sinners. We have an eternally terminal disease called sin...

Well, the first three chapters of the book of Romans tell us how man is wrong before God. What Paul does is he proves - and Paul was a lawyer and it's as if he was in a court of law and he's arguing against the sinner, that the sinner is guilty. The sinner is guilty, having broken the laws of God. Now the laws of God are summed up, really, in the ten commandments. I don't have time to go through them all, but you know them I'm sure: you don't put any gods before the Living God, you don't worship idols, you don't take the name of the Lord God in vain, you don't steal, you don't commit adultery, you don't lust, covet, you don't lie - and that's how we break God's law. God gave us His law to show us that we were sinners. So Paul proves, because all of us have committed at least one of the ten commandments, that that means we are law breakers in the sight of the Holy God and it means that we are all wrong in His sight - but he goes further and explains how we cannot make ourselves right in the eyes of God. He goes on to say how no good works or seemingly righteous acts that we perform can make us right before God, because it's not just things that we do that make us sinners, it's what we are. We are, by nature, sinners. We have an eternally terminal disease called sin.

The last verse we read was: 'The wages of sin is death'. Now, my friend, I want to ask you, because I'm conscious that there may be people here unsaved: do you understand - listen carefully to what I'm saying - that the wrath of God abides on you because you are a law breaker? God is a Holy God. God is a righteous God, and He has to deal justly with sin. He can't sweep it under the carpet, and neither can you. If you sweep something under the carpet you'll trip over it, and that's what people do with their sin. If they try to ignore it, it grows bigger. God has graciously given us His law to show us, like a magnifying glass, to show us, not just that we are sinners, but how big sinners we are. No matter how much good you do, it can never outweigh the bad, because the Bible says that even our so-called good works are like filthy rags in God's sight - because we contaminate them by our sinful nature that has this disease in it. In other words, we can't really do good things, right things, in the sight of God.

Well, in chapters 4 and 5, after arguing that, Paul tells us how we can be made right with God - and it's wonderful! We've been singing about it already: we are made right with God, not by works, but by faith in Jesus Christ who has accomplished the only work that can save mankind. He, as a perfect Man, died on the cross - but because He was God, He died a death that was of eternal value. When He shed His precious blood, bearing the punishment that we deserve for our sins - in other words, taking our place, standing in our shoes - He was, we heard it, He was made sin for us. He was put to death for our sins, and God put upon Him the judgement that we deserve – and, through faith in that sacrifice, we can be made right with God.

Now you want to know tonight - I hope you do, you should want to, because God's wrath is on you - you should want to be right with God. The way to be right with God is to have Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and put your faith and trust in Him - that means His righteousness is given to us so that we can be accepted with God. It means that His goodness is put into our account, even though we have nothing to offer to God. Jesus Christ is given to us and God, God as the Judge, declares us righteous. The slate is completely cleansed, our sins wiped away. Now, my friend, it's wonderful - and this is not my message tonight, but just in case there's someone who is not saved here this evening: do you know that no matter what you have done, no matter where you've been, no matter what you have become in your sinful lifestyle, God's Son, Jesus Christ, who loved you enough to bleed His precious blood for you and take the filth and shame of your sin, He is able to wipe your soul clean. He'll take your sin away, and He'll do it now if you have faith in Him!

There are temptations that seem to affect some more than others and so on - but many Christians are living in the bondage of an habitually sinful lifestyle...

But you know, Jesus didn't just die to take the sin, the guilt of sin, away. What I mean by that is: sort of to wipe the past clean, and all the bad things we've done before, get rid of them - that's the perception a lot of people have. The Lord Jesus died as much to give us victory now, and maybe you're here tonight and you don't know present victory - that means that you're bound by some kind of sin. Now we all have besetting sins - that means things that we tend to give in to rather than other things. They may be peculiar to us as an individual and our personality, and there are temptations that seem to affect some more than others and so on - but many Christians are living in the bondage of an habitually sinful lifestyle. Some people have such a false view of the Gospel that they reason like this: 'Well, if God wipes the slate clean, then in God's eyes I'm forgiven, and then really, well, if I sin I just ask God to forgive me and I say sorry, and He wipes the slate clean!'.

Now it is true that when a Christian sins, if we confess our sins, He is faithful, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But if you premeditatedly decide to sin with this idea: 'Well, if I sin I can ask God to forgive me anyway' - you have never truly understood the grace of God, and there might even be a question mark over whether you are saved or not. That's the question that was asked at the beginning here: 'What shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?'. I mean, if God continues to forgive us our sin as Christians, does that mean the more we sin the more the grace comes to forgive us our sin?

Paul says: 'God forbid! How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?'. Now, in that statement is the secret to victory in the Christian life. That sounds strange, perhaps, but what I mean is this: imagine someone discovered the cure for lung cancer, and you, tragically, had contracted lung cancer. Of course, you received the treatment, whatever it was, gladly - who wouldn't? But then you decided: 'Well, there's a cure for lung cancer, so I'll just carry on being a chain smoker. In fact, I'll do more, I'll smoke more packets a day, as many as I can - because there's a cure for cancer'. Now, what would people think of you? They would think you're misusing and abusing the cure for cancer - and that's why there's been a whole row about people getting liver transplants who are alcoholics. We've seen it in the news, because some people think it's a quick fix - and I'm not entering into that tonight, but the motivation is the same. They're getting a quick cure, and then many of them are just going back to their habitual alcoholism. They're misusing and abusing the gift of life that has been given to them. Now, if you think 'I can just sail along in a life of sin, because God has forgiven me and He's going to keep forgiving me, and I'll end up in heaven one day', you are misusing and abusing the grace of God. You haven't really understood it because, well, it has been given not just to take away your past sins, it has been given to deliver you here and now from your present sins, to give you power! Jesus died so that you might be free, not to go on sinning, but to be free from sin - that's true freedom! Freedom isn't freedom to keep in bondage to a habitual sinful lifestyle, freedom is to be free to live for God and live free of sin!

What God wants to do is called 'sanctification' in your life, and that simply means: God has already worked into you the potential for you to live a holy life, and He imparts Christ's righteousness to your character and to your conduct. In other words, He makes you like Jesus - that is what God wants to do when He saves you.

Are you living well for God, are you? Or are you struggling? Are there things holding you back from living right for God?

Now I want to ask you the question: are you living well for God, are you? Or are you struggling? Are there things holding you back from living right for God? The Christian life is like the Grand old Duke of York, when you're up, you're up and when you're down, you're down, and half time you're neither up nor down - you're half way up or down. It's like a rollercoaster experience - up and down, and up and down. You're on the mountain one minute and in the valley the next - on the mountain, in the valley. There isn't that consistency, and you're really struggling. It all seems to be a struggle.

Now listen, one of the reasons why this is often the case in the life of true Christians is: they have never understood that they've got two natures. Now listen carefully to what I'm saying tonight: when you're born you have a sinful nature, OK? The bias in you is toward sin, and to a large extent you can't help it - that's not an excuse for it, it's just the way we're born. But when we get saved, we're given a new nature - and the Bible says it is God's nature, and God lives in us by the Holy Spirit. Now, when we get saved, we get God's nature - but we don't lose our sinful nature. It stays there and it will be there until we get to heaven. Here's the big issue: many Christians don't realise that they struggle because they have got this sinful nature. So often what they do is, they feed the sinful nature rather than feeding God's nature, and they wonder why the sinful nature is so strong in them - and whenever sin comes along tempting them, they fall time after time again.

It all depends on how you behave towards your sinful nature. Now listen carefully to what I'm saying: victory over the sinful nature doesn't come by trying. It doesn't come by striving. It doesn't come by scheming. It doesn't come by some sort of innovative plan. It comes one way and only one: it comes by dying. Are you with me? The old nature that you have had from birth, it cannot be cured, it cannot be overcome by human strength. The only answer for the old sinful nature in your heart is for it to die.

Now maybe you're in here tonight and you say: 'I wish that part of me could die'. Do you ever feel like that? I wish that part of me that I really struggle with could die. Well, here's the message of God to you tonight - it's good news: if you're a Christian, you are dead. You are dead! You say: 'I don't feel dead' - look at this passage. Verse 2: 'How shall we, that are dead', what did He just say? 'How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?', verse 3, 'Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ were baptised into His death?'. Verse 4: 'Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death', verse 5, 'For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death'. Verse 6: 'Knowing this, that our old man' - that's our old sinful nature that causes us all the problems – 'is crucified', has been crucified, 'with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed'. Verse 7: 'For he that is dead is freed from sin'.

Now Paul doesn't teach in this passage that you've got to get to this position of being dead, you've got to put yourself to death, you've got to struggle and really strive - no! He says you are dead! This is the travesty and the ridiculous contradiction of a Christian going on living in sin, because there's no reason for it, because their sinful human nature has been put to death with Christ on the cross.

It's the devil that wants us to believe that the darkness of sin is still in our life, when Jesus Christ has set us free...

Now Satan's influence over us is often based on lies that he tells us. He is a liar from the beginning. He tell us: 'Oh, sin is too strong for you boy!'; and that temptation you continually fall down into, 'Oh, you'll never resist that, you've a weakness there' - that's what Satan tells you. He says you'll always be a slave to this, when in fact the truth of God's Word says, 'No! You are dead to that thing, and the power line of sin is cut in our lives, like snapping that wire in the lamp - the lamp goes out. Jesus, when He died on the Cross, He cut the power wire of sin into our lives. It's the devil that wants us to believe that the darkness of sin is still in our life, when Jesus Christ has set us free. It is the truth, Jesus said, that would set us free in this regard.

I remember hearing a story years ago about a particular war in Asia. The war concluded, and one side was victorious and the other side was defeated, and there was this little man who was engaged in guerrilla warfare in the jungle. He was running around with all the magazines, bullets around him, his machine gun and his resources, and he would go down to the stream and fill up his canteen of water to keep himself alive and so on. He was running around hiding, and he was doing this, and he did it for years after the war had ended because no one had told him and the word hadn't come to him that it was over. Here was a man who was behaving, living in fear and in defensiveness, because he thought the battle was still on. He was waiting for the enemy round the corner, and it was very real to him, but the battle was over! That's the way many, many Christians are living: they are living in fear of the devil. They are living in fear of temptation and besetting sins, and they feel constantly defeated because they have never truly accepted, they have never let the truth sink in that sin does not need and sin should not reign, because you are dead to it in the death of Jesus. Paul says that - verse 12: 'Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Don't yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace'. Do you understand?

First Corinthians 10:13 says 'there is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man', everybody is tempted, 'but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted over what you are able; but will also with the temptation give a way of escape'. So that is God's Word to prove that temptation comes your way - and believe you me, and I can confess it, it's hot and heavy at times - but God's Word says there is no temptation that's too strong for the Christian. There isn't! It's a lie of the devil. Why? Because the power of sin has been put to death with Jesus at the cross. Are you getting it? You're dead!

Not only are you dead, you are alive. Sounds like a bit of a contradiction, but if you look at verse 4, the second half: 'Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life', verse 5, 'For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection'. Verse 8: 'If we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him', verse 9, 'Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him' - He's alive! Verse 10: 'For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he lives, he lives unto God' - and we live through Him!

If all the cross did for us was put sin to death, we would be in trouble - why?

Now understand this: if all the cross did for us was put sin to death, we would be in trouble - why? Because we would just be this vacuous being, empty of our sin, but nothing else resident in us. But what God does is, He cuts the power line of sin, it's severed - but He has also now connected us in, plugged us into (wait for it!) the resurrection life of Jesus!

You really look like you're plugged into the resurrection life of Jesus tonight! You probably are, maybe I just don't see it! But that's the power source. In fact, if you're saved, that's a fact - that's a fact! You're not looking, running around in the dark looking for the plug: 'Where is it, till I get connected!' - you are connected! You are dead in the death of Christ, and you are alive, connected to the resurrection life of Christ!

In Ephesians 1 verses 19 and 20 - we'll not look at it - but it says that Paul prayed to God that the Ephesians' eyes would be opened and they would realise that the power that raised Jesus from the dead - the greatest miracle of all time - that that power is working in you. Do you believe that? Do you believe it? Come on now! Do you believe that sin has been made dead to you, and the resurrection power of God that brought Jesus back from the dead is alive in you? I'm not asking do you feel it, did you ever hear me say that? I asked you: do you believe it?

You might say: 'That's all wonderful, but that's not my experience - surely if that was the case I would feel it?'. You're saying: 'Well I'm still a slave to sin'. Well, verse 13 says that if you're truly saved you should not be a slave to sin. You should not be yielding the members of your body to unrighteousness. You should not not be serving God. You should not be serving sin, but you should be serving righteousness with the body that God has given you. Now, I would challenge you tonight: make sure you're saved first and foremost. Make sure that you're born again - but if you know you're born again and you have the assurance, here's what you must do if you want to live in the victory of this - the fact that you're dead and the fact that you're alive to God. Here it is: you must reckon yourself, you must consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God. That's found in verse 11, look: 'likewise', because this is all the case, 'reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord' - that means you've got to reckon it, accept it as a fact, believe it!

The trouble is with some of you, is that you are believing what the devil says quicker than what God says. You're listening to him: 'Ah you'll never have victory over that, there's no way. This guy can preach until his face blows up in heat and rage, you're going to go back again tonight, and again it's going to be a problem'. Isn't that what he's saying? Isn't that what he's saying just now? Even tonight, before tomorrow morning when you're in church, it's going to be a problem again. That is a lie! If you're truly saved, that is a lie from the pit of the devil, and it's up to you to choose to believe God rather than believe the devil - because what you believe affects the way you behave. If you believe that you're always going to struggle, you're always going to fail, you're always going to fall flat on your face, you're never going to make anything as a great Christian of your life, you will never do anything else - because what you believe affects the way that you behave. But if you would only believe God, you'd behave a lot different that's for sure. Most don't believe it, so most don't live it. Most don't believe that the power of sin has been severed in their life. Most don't believe that the power, the resurrection power of God, is disclosed in their life, and so they are not living it. It's very, very simple. So forget about feelings - feelings will come, let me tell you, if you believe this - but it's not about feelings initially, it's about the facts and putting your faith in the facts.

If you would only believe God, you'd behave a lot different that's for sure. Most don't believe it, so most don't live it. Most don't believe that the power of sin has been severed in their life...

See most people - an old Christian put it like this, and I'm nearly finished - most people, when they become a Christian, are like a man who goes into a book shop to buy two books. The book shop owner, he wraps up the two books in brown paper and he tapes them all up and puts a wee piece of string around them, pushes them over the desk. He takes the payment for them and you lift one of them, turn round and walk out and leave the other on the desk. In other words, both are yours but you leave one behind. Most Christians get saved, and they take the forgiveness of sins and getting to heaven when they die, but they don't know personal victory in their life and they don't know the fullness of the Holy Spirit, they don't know what it is to be alive to God. It's theirs, it has been bought for them with the precious blood of Jesus. It's like someone being left a massive inheritance in a will, but they are satisfied to have it in black and white on a piece of paper rather than actually going and claiming it as their own. It's yours, my friend! Victory in Jesus! Victory over sin! Life in the power of the Spirit! The very resurrection life of Jesus! It's yours and all you've got to do, by faith, is claim it and live in it.

Years ago there was a school in Texas, and it burnt down about the time of World War II and many children were killed in the awful fire. The school decided that they would make sure that would never ever happen again. So the Governors gave the go-ahead to put a state of the art sprinkler system into that school, so that if ever there was even a match struck, almost, in the school, that this would engage and lives, potentially, would be saved. The thing was so technologically advanced for the day and age it was installed that they used to have tours, and other schools would come to see it and people would be intrigued by this wonderful sprinkler system. They would show people around and all the rest. Years later, by mistake - I think it was the janitor - stumbled and saw that the sprinkler system, the state of the art sprinkler system had never ever been connected to the water source. They had everything and yet they had nothing. It was theirs and yet it was not tapped in to the source.

Now my friend tonight, whose slave are you? Whose slave are you? You're the devil's slave, if you're not saved you're the devil's slave. But you could be a Christian tonight and still living, thinking, thinking that you are a slave to sin, when you are a child of God, you're a son or daughter of the King - yet you're living like a slave to sin. Jesus is saying to you tonight that there's no need for it, there's no need for it because you are free from sin and you are alive to God. Live in it!

'What do I need to do?', you say. Well, let's bow our heads, everyone bow their head. What do you need to do? Well, you need to get to the cross. We sang about it tonight: the cross of Jesus. By faith, you need to come to that place where Jesus was broken, bleeding and dying, enduring the wrath of God for your wickedness, your lawlessness, your filth, your shame. He is perfect, He is the spotless Son of God. You need to come to that cross, and you need to be broken for your sin that was put upon Him. The fact of the matter is that some of you couldn't care less. Listen to what I'm saying tonight, and I don't take any pleasure in it: God will damn your soul for it, and He will be just in doing it because you deserve it and I deserve it. If you reject His broken Son, the Lamb of God, slain for you, you will perish for all eternity. But if you realise the guilt that you have before God, and you allow yourself before God to be broken, and you repent - you change your mind about your sin, and you look to that Lamb hanging there, bleeding and dying, broken, you look to Him for salvation, for you can have salvation in Him alone - you will be saved tonight.

But Christian that is how, that is how you continue, that's the secret! You don't just get up from there. You stay broken before the cross, you don't just get up - and then you realise that three days later He rose from the grave. You allow yourself to be dead with Him, hanging there as if you were hanging there with Him - you were - and you realise that you're dead, but you realise that the new life that He had when He rose from the grave, that that's your life. You rose with Him, so when He died, you died. When He rose, He left you behind in the grave and now He rises to eternal life, and He gives you that life when you believe in Him.

I want, by the power of God tonight, for you to enter into the life of victory in the power of the risen Christ - more than what I want, that's what God wants for you...

Now listen, if you want to be victorious it's very simple: the cross and the empty tomb, plus your faith, believing in the cross and the empty tomb brings forgiveness - but, Christian, it also brings victory!

'O victory in Jesus,
My Saviour, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me 'ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to' - what? – 'victory',
Through His redeeming blood'.

I ask you again tonight: are you living in victory? Now as everybody's head is bowed, I believe God has spoken to some of you. I believe God has met with some of you - and I'm fed up with fiddling about at meetings, giving wee messages and Christians saying 'That was great, thank you very much', and they go out unchanged, unaffected, no better - maybe worse. But I want, by the power of God tonight, for you to enter into the life of victory in the power of the risen Christ - that's what, more than I want, that's what God wants for you, that's what the precious blood of Jesus has bought for you. That's what all the suffering that Christ went through at Calvary meant for you, that you might live, free from the power of sin - and you need to enter into it tonight if you never have.

I'm free for you to speak with me tonight, and I'd love to, but you don't need to speak to me, you need to speak to God. You need to get right with God. Christian, you need to enter into the victory of Jesus tonight and just say: 'Lord, I repent of my sin and I confess to you that I have believed the devil, his lies that sin is too big for me, but I now believe Christ put it to death and I'm alive in the resurrection power of Jesus. I'm claiming Your word and I want You to make it real in my life as I step out in faith, believing that it is true'.

Father, I have preached the truth of Your Word, and I'm asking You to seal it with new victory in the life of Your children. If there's any here that aren't saved and are living under some illusion, and they are continuing on in sin because they have never known the grace of God, Lord, may tonight Your fear fall on them. May it fall on them - not to destroy them, but to drive them to You. Lord, Christians, if there are any misusing or abusing Your grace, as we have done ourselves, oh God, may they see what a danger they're in and how sacrilegious and even blasphemous it is to use grace as a license to sin. Lord, more perhaps is the case that people really want to live right, but feel that they just are struggling, limping along in the Christian experience. Lord, help them to see that the devil has them trapped in a false illusion, in this bubble that he has created for them, that all the freedom and victory of Jesus is available - and may they take it with both hands into their heart tonight, by faith, to the glory of Jesus Christ, for not only victory in their life, but mighty revival in the church of Jesus Christ - whatever churches we belong to - that we will see Christians living in the power of Jesus in this day and generation of ours. For Christ's sake we pray, Amen.

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Transcribed by:
Glenn Cartmill for The Barn
Used with his kind permission on Preach The Word.
March 2010
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This sermon was delivered at The Barn, Lifeboat Mission, in Moy, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It forms the seventh recording in his 'The Gospel Explained' series, entitled "The Victorious Christian Life" - Transcribed by Glenn Cartmill, Preach The Word.

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