Victory in Christ
By Michael Roy/Pastor
Eyes of Faith Fellowship Church
Christians today live in a fallen world filled with immorality, drunkenness, thievery and a host of other
godless behaviors that corrupt the soul. Have you ever wondered why an all powerful God would
subject those He loves to such degradation? If it were up to you or me we would have made
everything perfect and Christians would simply lie on beds of ease. Maybe you wouldn’t, but I
would. That’s if it were up to me.
However, as I grow in my Christian faith I am learning that the heavily traveled way is not always the
best way. Sometimes God will allow us to get into the worst situations imaginable because it will
show us how weak and frail we are and how mighty and powerful He is. The bible teaches that the
spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Boy, do I know that. I am always thinking of ways to bring
glory to God. My heart and mind is always brimming with plans, but my flesh is overwhelmed and
is always trying to put out the fire in my heart that burns for God. Through life’s trials and
circumstances we are trained not to trust in ourselves but upon the Living God.
Our adversary, satan, is opposed to you or I doing the will of God so as Peter teaches we should
not think it strange when we go through various trials. Rather we should realize if God has allowed
us to experience a particular situation He must know something about us that we don’t. You had
better believe that’s true. The bible says that Jesus learned obedience through the things He
suffered. God through Christ created us and is well aware of our strengths and our weaknesses. In
order for us to gain that knowledge of ourselves God has chosen the vehicle of faith. Despite what’s
going on in my life or your life we are told to persevere. Hebrews 6:12, says it’s through faith and
patience that we inherit the promises of God. Romans 15:4, even says everything that was written
beforehand was written for our benefit that through patience and comfort of the scripture we might
In the roughest times of life we must meditate on God’s word because therein lies our peace, our
joy, our sigh of relief. One of the things I truly understand about trials is that when you are going
through one the picture doesn’t seem as rosy to you as it does for everyone else.
Sometimes we deprive ourselves of sleep, food and fellowship and therefore we become fertile
ground for the enemy. When Jesus had that forty day fast in the wilderness it was in His weakest
moments that the enemy came at Him with very powerful suggestions of how He should prove His
deity although it was not time. In a similar way the enemy catches you and me at our weakest and
tries to get us to move ahead of God’s plan for our lives.
I don’t know the details of everything you’re going through as a Christian, but I do know the bible
teaches that all believers are facing many of the same challenges just in different packages.
Someone may have just lost a loved one. Another may be struggling with guilt over something they
did years ago. Yet, someone else may be going through tough times financially, or maybe a
marriage is on the verge of divorce.
Listen to me brothers and sisters God has asked us to trust His son Jesus Christ with our lives and
we must know according to the word of God that as we live obediently before Him He is not
unrighteous to forget our faithfulness. Remember, God will reward those who trust in Him. Jesus
says behold I come quickly and My reward is with Me. We walk by faith not by sight. The bible
says over and over and over again the just live by faith. Trusting and believing God is a lifestyle it’s
not a one shot miracle and go back to business as usual. Every day of our lives here on earth is an
opportunity for Jesus to bring glory to God by how He lives in us.
I know there are lots of believers struggling today with infidelity, pornography, alcohol, drugs you
name it, and people of God are struggling with it. Nevertheless I want to let someone out there
know that no matter what you are facing God is greater. That’s why In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul was
able to say thanks be to God who always gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Did
you hear that? It doesn’t matter what your challenge is, God has given you the victory. You can
defeat pornography. You can defeat infidelity. You can defeat drug and alcohol addictions. You
can defeat guilt, worry, fear and doubt. I don’t mean you by yourself can defeat these things I mean
you in your steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ. Paul says you must decide to believe the Word
of God and trust the Savior. Isaiah asked, “Who has believed our report and to whom has the power
of God been revealed?” God’s might and power will be revealed in your life if you will surrender totally
to Him. You must not stray from the Word of God. You must live in a way that pleases God. As
you begin to trust God your faith and confidence increases and you’ll see that your trust in Jesus
Christ was not in vain.
Jesus said in this evil, sin-sick world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer He’s still in
command and in control. The devil may go about as a roaring lion but you can rest assured he can’
t even attempt to bite you unless the Lord allows. I know someone may be saying well God allowed
the devil a clear path to come after me, but dear saint please don’t stop trusting Jesus. I know its
tough waging war with the enemy, but I also know that Jesus Christ is always right by my side and
yours. So truly you are never alone.
Romans 8 says that the sufferings at this present time are not even worthy to be compared to the
glory which God in Christ shall reveal through us. Paul also uses a similar quote in 2 Corinthians 4:
17-18, but instead of saying there was suffering, Paul labels them temporary light afflictions.
Saints, whatever trial you’re facing please know in the presence of an omnipotent God it’s very
temporary. God doesn’t give us all the answers as to why He allows us to go through things, but
He does promise to be with us and to give us sufficient grace for the trial.
I ‘m saying to you today Christ is your only hope. You can try a lot of things, and probably have,
but you’ll come up empty and more discouraged, but if you really trust Jesus you’ll know that you
have the victory and it’s from your faith in Jesus the Son of God. We are more than conquerors
through Him who first loved us and gave Himself for us. God says if He gave us His own Son shall
He not through His Son freely give us all things.
As the Queen of England once said to a granddaughter of hers who was slouching in a chair at the
dinner table, “sit up straight don’t you know who you are?” Likewise you and I as believers although
we are facing stiff opposition in this life we must realize who we are and whose we are. We are
heirs of salvation, joint heirs with Christ, kings and priest, rulers and judges that have been justified,
sanctified and glorified by our Savior Jesus Christ. If God be for us who can be against us? Peter
says that we have been made partakers of God’s divine nature. We possess the very essence of
God. More importantly we can rest because the bible teaches that all thanks belong to God
because He always causes us to triumph in Christ.
Grow in grace and in the victory Christ has secured for you.