Victorious Christian Living Part 4

 

Review

In the beginning of this sermon series we came to understand that everyone has the potential for greatness, believer or unbeliever, because we are all created in the image of God.  In other words, winning and success were to be a part of his sons and daughters.  Mankind’s disobedience created a horrible separation between a holy God and a sinful mankind.  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir (Gal 4:4–7).  Jesus does not offer to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive - Ravi Zacharias; the first is religious and the other is called regeneration – born-again…  Being made alive “in Christ” is the beginning of the journey towards victorious Christian living.  Victorious Christian Living then moves towards a personal relationship with the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts and leads us towards the fullness of our inheritance.  Once on the road of faith in Jesus, the person of Holy Spirit, empowers us to be and do like Jesus while he was on earth; naturally supernatural.  As well as the Holy Spirit guides the children of God, like an internal spiritual GPS, into moral and wise decisions for life and living. 

Holy Spirit brings Unity

The “empowering and guidance of the Holy Spirit” began in Acts 2.  Later, in the same chapter we see the beginning of the apostles and disciples meeting – 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42–47).  We often focus of the disciple’s devotion to the apostles teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.  And yet one of the key aspects of the Holy Spirit is that of unity or togetherness as seen in Verse 44.  This commonness comes from a Greek word “koinos” and when joined together with people forms fellowship or “koinonia”.  This unity of the Spirit is mentioned 18 times throughout the New Testament; in other words, the ekklesia was filled with partnership and love for one another.  It was the unity of Holy Spirit that held the early Christians together in the face of persecution and caused them to lay down their lives for one another; this was victorious Christian living.  You can’t fake this kind of success; it is not event driven or programed.  It is the result of believers giving themselves over to the Holy Spirit and turning away from sin which is a disruptive force, always dividing, and separating. 

 

I believe that is why Jesus prayed for unity in the Body of Christ (John 17) or why the Apostle Paul spoke of “being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3).  So, the unity that we have in Christ is part of the God’s grand design. Therefore, one of the distinguishing marks of the Victorious Christian Life is to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; this is especially practical between God’s sons and daughters. 

The Holy Spirit Is Our Intercessor

The second point today with regards to Victorious Christian Living is the Holy Spirit as our “intercessor”.  Both Jesus and the Spirit intercede for the saints of God.  Hebrews 7:25 tells us of Jesus – “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebr 7:25).  The apostle Paul told us that the Holy Spirit, who lives inside us, “helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Rom 8:26–27).  The help the Spirit offers is the same help Mary was looking for in Luke 10:40; Martha was distracted and Mary needed help.  In other words, she was tired, weak, needed extra strength.  In our moments of weakness, not sinfulness, whatever they are, when we don’t know what to do or how to pray, the Spirit is there to intercede for us bringing us into God’s will.  Sometimes in our times of uncertainty we may find ourselves “groaning in prayer”.  Oh, God help…  We may feel faithless and not very spiritual.  This is where the Spirit of God comes to intercede for us.  The Holy Spirit petitions and prays to the Father on our behalf. He is an advocate who pleads for us according to the will of the Father. The Spirit can intercede according to the will of God because He knows the things of God. 

 

There is an amazing point to consider here.  The Spirit of God, who knows our spirit and mind and emotions intimately, sympathizes with whatever weakness is upon us and then prayer for God’s will to be done in our situation.  No matter what kind of dark difficulty we face, the Spirit travails for us until we literally come into God’s light and freedom.

In Conclusion

Victorious Christian Living is all about a genuine and growing relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Jesus invites us into the family of God, making us one with God and each other.  This unity is empowered by the Holy Spirit and is organic, not programmed, it is diversity, not uniformity. The Holy Spirit is committed to ensuring unity is present in the Body of Christ because that is where we discover our calling and step into ministry.  In addition, the Spirit helps us by interceding for us.  It is like spiritual childbirth (until Christ is formed in you – Gal 4:19).  This is how we grow spiritually.  We encounter challenges and at times find ourselves weak, that’s when the Holy Spirit helps us through these situations.  He prays for God’s children with groanings too deep for words until faith gives birth to the answer we are waiting for. 

 

I trust that the more we study and think of our relationship with Holy Spirit, the more we are encountering Victorious Christian life and living.  Let’s Pray…