A VERB FOR VICTORIOUS LIVING

Boast-in-the-LordWe 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 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 confession of your life say about this verb for victorious living?

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 9:23-24)

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
  • Riches

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 smaller 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.

       1.  It is intellectual. We increase in knowledge of the absolute truth about God.

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. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

  1. It is volitional. We make a conscious choice to move beyond knowing God to trusting God.

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. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

  1. It is moral. 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).

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. (1 John 4:7-8)

My prayer for you today is that this verb, to glory in God, consumes you like a raging fire, and 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 the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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