In my small group bible study we’re studying the book of 1 John (Study by John MacArthur) and this week’s lesson was titled “The Victorious Life” (1 John 5:1-5). The first discussion question was: “Looking back over your life, think for a few moments about any small “victories” you’ve had…”
- Athletic accomplishments
- Academic achievements
- Marital milestones
- Career triumphs
Thinking back, I immediately remembered these little victories, I …
- Wrote and published a novel that won an award
- Started my own business
- In high school, I placed 2nd in an archery competition and I got a trophy
- Survived college
- Survived 6 hurricanes
- Survived 2 years of unemployment
The Best Victory Ever
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”1 John 5:1-5
What is Christianity’s Core Belief?
Christianity is not attending a church every Sunday. Sitting in church every Sunday and thinking you’re becoming a Christian is like sitting in a bank hoping to become rich.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that we could have religion.
He died to save us from the death sentence in punishment for our sins. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we become a child of God. Yes, everyone is created by God, but not everyone is a child of God until they believe in Jesus as their savior.
Knowing that Jesus is the Son of God is not enough. Satan and his demons know that Jesus is the Son of God — but Jesus saved us from our — and I’ll say it again — our death sentence.
That’s the Victory!
“…overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”Romans 8:37
“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.Colossians 2:12-15
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”
Catholics Lose the Victory
It’s unfortunate, but if you attend a Catholic church and follow their teachings, you lose out on Jesus’ victory over sin.
The truth is that you can’t benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross if you don’t ask Jesus into your heart and confess Him as your personal Lord and Savior.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.Jesus speaking to Martha just before he raised her brother, Lazarus, from the dead in John 11:25.
What you need to do to join in the Victory…
- Believe that Jesus carried our sins away on the cross once and for all.
- Receive the Holy Spirit when you are baptized — immersed in water — dying to your old self and rising as new person in Christ.
- Become a child of God and you have your one-way ticket to Heaven with no side trips to Purgatory.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”
Next Steps in Your New Walk with Jesus…
- Start reading the Bible daily. If you don’t have one, I recommend the YouVersion, Bible.app and Through the Word app — both are free and have a lot of great daily devotionals and Bible studies.
- Pray every day. Talk to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you daily.
- Find and join a Bible-believing church — preferably a non-denominational one and be baptized!
Soli Deo Gloria