“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” [John 10:10]
I believe far too many Christians are NOT living a victorious life in Christ because they have not used their tools to use along with their gifts.
Well meaning, but deceived, leaders in many congregations tell their flock they are not victorious because they don’t have enough faith. Rather than lift them with the Truth of the Gospel and the grace of God, they condemn the new or struggling believer with their own brand of Phariseeism.
What the believer needs who is struggling with life’s issues are practical biblical based tools to help them gain balance in their lives and to move from being a defeated Christian to victorious Christian.
This is the message taught by pastor Steven Furtick at Elevation Church in Charlottle NC. His sermons are filled with practical advice and tools for living a more abundant life. While I do not live near his church, and cannot attend live, I do enjoy listening to his sermons weekly online at ElevationNetwork.com.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” [Phil. 4:8-9]
The Apostle, Paul, identified for us where the battleground takes place. It takes place in our thought process. Pastor Furtick did a sermon series called “Crash the Chatterbox” and also wrote a book on the subject. As the Apostle Paul and Pastor taught, it is that thought process which the devil uses to fill our minds with false ideas and visions of defeat. Paul says to think on the more positive things: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” These are the things we need to focus our minds on.