How is your Christian life going? Finding it hard and not sure why? Wherever you might be, Seven Steps to Walking in Victory is a very short book to help you see where you are in the Christian life, and help you keep on the right path to the victory that comes through walking closely with Jesus — to live the Christian life you always wanted to live!
©Lin Wills 2017
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About the Book
1. The Word of God
3. The Holy Spirit
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Seven Steps to Walking in Victory
Christ died to make you victorious, an overcomer, not to make you struggle in defeat, wondering, “Am I ever going to make it?”
How much of your life is spent in defeat? How much is spent in victory? Which outweighs the other? We are in a constant battle, but we are called to be overcomers. In this booklet are seven steps which are foundational daily disciplines to bring us into victorious Christian living. What we do daily, shapes our future and our destiny.
1. The Word of God must have a place of priority in our daily lives. Read it and meditate on it every day. It is your spiritual food. Take time to digest it, believe it, stand on it in faith and trust that it is God’s Word to you! Don’t underestimate its power in your life. It’s a double edged sword, living and active and sharper than any two edged sword. It’s a mirror that reflects who you really are.
Hebrews 4:12: For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.
Colossians 3:16: Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
Don’t make the mistake of looking in the mirror and then walking away, forgetting the reflection you have seen and not acting on those things you need to. Our lives and our lifestyles should line up with the Word of God. Our thoughts, words and actions must come into line with the Word of God. Psalm 119:11: I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Prayer is communication with God, not just a routine or a ritual. It is life-giving contact with God, and it is two-way: we speak to God and He speaks to us. Expect to hear from Him!
Spend time praising Him, and enjoy His presence. It is what you were made for! Get into that secret place daily to meet with Him, firstly to seek Him and tell Him you love Him.
He loves you more than anything you are doing for Him. Your relationship is more important to Him than what you seek to do for Him. Take time to know Him. He loves your company, and He rejoices over you with singing. Make much of Him!
Pray and intercede for others and for situations that He may put on your heart. There are many places in the Bible where people ask God for a blessing; so pray for yourself, so that you can be blessed. This is not a selfish prayer. Remember, what you receive you can give to others.
Write down those things God says to you. Keep a journal and you can reflect back on what you’ve written. Confess your sin daily; keep short accounts with God. Don’t allow any sin to stay around in your life. Deal with it when you are aware of it.
Psalm 32:4-5: Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Don’t allow sin to block God’s presence and blessing in your life. Walk in the light. Thank Him daily for forgiveness and cleansing in His precious blood. Allow the Holy Spirit to highlight anything in your life that hurts His heart. Keep your heart and attitude right before God. Forgive freely, don’t harbour any resentment, love freely, keep the river flowing and clear.
Your relationship with God is the most precious thing you have. Do not allow anything to mar it in any way. The enemy will use any lingering sin against you. Don’t give him any loophole in your life. Romans 6:14: Sin is no longer your master.
Give the place of prayer top priority every day, a special time just for you and Him! First thing in the morning, before you start your day, is strongly recommended.
3. The Holy Spirit
Acts 13:52: And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Daily receive fresh oil, a fresh anointing and infilling. The Holy Spirit is a real Person. Don’t grieve Him. Open your heart to His moving in your life. Allow Him free reign to lead you, guide you, fill you and renew you.
John 16:13: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. When Jesus was tempted by the devil when He went into the wilderness, he was full of the Holy Spirit. Luke 4:1: Then Jesus full of the Holy Spirit… He was also full of the Holy Spirit when the temptations ended. Luke 4:14: Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.
If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, how much more do we?! Galatians 5:16: So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
We can only walk in the Spirit if we are filled with the Spirit. Receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit’s power every day. We need the power of God in our daily living, Christ in us, the Hope of Glory! (Colossians 1:27.)
Use the power within you against all the wiles and temptations of the enemy. Get to know his tactics, how he plays on your weaknesses. Locate him and deal with him, using the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit. Wield it in the face of your enemy and say, “It is written,” as Jesus did in the wilderness.
Use your weapons of prayer and worship, the belt of truth, shield of faith, breastplate of righteousness, helmet of salvation, and have your feet shod with the gospel of peace. …the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. (1 John 4:4).
Guard your thought life. Be careful what you allow to go in your eye-gate. Philippians 4:8: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
God uses the challenges and opposition in our lives to stretch us and take us to another level of growth in Him. He has made us to overcome, so God knows what He has placed inside of us for the battle! The greater the battle, the greater the victory!
Ephesians 6:12-18: Put your armour on daily. Do not entertain anything at all questionable. Don’t give the enemy a foothold in your life. James 4:7: So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Trust God in every situation. Yield to Him. He knows best, so don’t argue with Him. Trust Him in the dark and in the light, when things go well and also when things are hard to understand.
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
This is a promise from God. We will never understand everything, because our understanding is so limited. That is why we should never lean on it or try to work everything out. Just trust God’s promises.
Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). Do what He says! Disobedience can put you in a very vulnerable position. It robs you of God’s blessing. It blocks your fellowship with Him and takes away your peace and joy. Disobedience can also stop you fulfilling your destiny. See the story of King Saul in 1 Samuel 13:8-15 and chapter 15.
Belong to a good church where the Bible is taught as the Word of God, a church where you are welcomed. There you will grow and develop in your gifts and ministry. Be there regularly.
Be accountable to your leaders and come under their authority. Hebrews 10:25: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 7:24-25).
Prayer — to help you if you would like to use it:
“Help me, Lord Jesus, to live in the freedom and victory that You have already won for me on the cross.
Holy Spirit, I invite You to come and help me to step up from defeat into victory, and to be the overcomer You made me to be, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
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