Grace For The Journey
We hear a great deal from preachers talking about living a victorious life, but what does that really mean? For the Christian, the answer is clear: it means living to glory in God. When used as a verb, to glory in God means to revel, boast, delight, and rejoice proudly in God.
So . . . what does the testimony of your life say about this verb for victorious living?
The Bible says in Jeremiah 9:23-24, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah made it clear that, while there is much that is good in life, we are not to glory in it. We are not to revel, boast, delight, and rejoice proudly in the things of this world. Our God says we are not to glory in . . .
Wisdom, strength, and wealth are just a few of the good gifts we receive from God, yet we are admonished never to glory in any of them. What we are to glory in is our increasing understanding and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. You see, to glory in God is true wisdom, strength, and riches, and these can never be found in anything other than Jesus.
It is important to lay out what these three dimensions of increasing in understanding and knowledge of God look like in the life of the believer.
- It is intellectual. We increase in knowledge of the absolute truth about God.
That is what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.”
The more we know God the more we will love Him and willingly give our lives to Him.
- It is volitional. We make a conscious choice to move beyond knowing God to trusting God.
The Bible instructs us in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
The more we give our live to God the more we will feel at ease to trust Him.
- It is done out of love. Our obedience to the Word of God is rooted in love – both vertical (love for the Lord above) and horizontal (love for the people around us).
The Bible says in 1 John 4:7-8, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
The more we trust God the more we will be filled with adoration, love, and praise to Him.
My prayer for you today is that this verb, to glory in God, consumes you like a raging fire. That by living the victorious Christian life you will positively impact everyone you come in contact with for the glory of God . . . by glorying in God.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”