In almost all the discipline of life that you know, whether in racing or any other competition that you have witnessed, there is always that trick or formula that if well followed you will get to obtain good results. The formula obviously guaranties better results and improvement in your professions and other parts of life. The formula is known by people who went ahead of you in the same field that you pursue, they did well by mastering the formula, obtained good results and recommended the formula to you who desire to obtain good results. And many who have followed the formula either in their studies, in the field of sport, and in engineering to mention just a few. They have never been disappointed, most of them become reliable people in their fields that all because they took the time to understand what I call the winning formula and observed it.
Alike the world disciplines that we know, Christianity has a recommended winning formula that believers are required to follow. The Lord Jesus Christ together with his disciples went ahead of us in living a godly accepted life. Don’t you think that they might have known the formula to overcome this world? Obvious yes! they do have a winning formula to overcome the world. In 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 the bible says
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.”NKJV
The verse above contains the winning formula for victorious living, a designed Christian life God has made possible, and yearn His children to live. This scripture tends to have military tone, it’s almost like a command given to soldiers when there about to go into the battlefield. Remember a Christian is a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3), who is intricate in terrifying warfare of not fresh and blood (Ephesian 6:12). However, you shouldn’t be afraid because we have a good captain (Hebrew 2: 10) who promises to accompany you in the war and never leave you alone (Mathew 28:20).
When you follow the scripture, we have read above carefully the bible mentions five things which I generally call the winning formula that makes a Christian life invincible. I am going to discuss each of them below.
How does the winning formula work?
1. Watch – be sober and vigilant
The first thing Paul mentioned was watch, he intended to tell a Christian to be always on their guard, to keep awake and be vigilant. The bible demand that you stay alert all the time against your enemies. A believer has three enemies who never give up or get tired and these are the world, the flesh, and the devil. Unless you get on your guard and constantly keep doing the work of God we shall be overcome by these enemies.
i) The world is the enemy from without
The world is an enemy of every believer, and the bible says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17, NKJV). We humans get easily attracted by new things that the world offers or produces such as cloths on fashion, vehicles and many other advanced technologies. These things of the world are nothing more but distraction, it freezes the love of God in you. Jesus says “if you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14: 15), the love of Father is to keep the commandment of the Father. Anything that leads you to disobey the commandment therefore it becomes your enemy since the world is passing away you will have to be watchful to not be dragged by it.
ii) The fresh is the enemy within
The heart of a human being is of evil, corrupted and nothing good comes out of it (Romans 7: 18). The fresh easily fall into its old nature, many have tried to fight anger, short temper, pride, irritability, and addiction on their own but fail because the flesh is weak. As a believer, the bible recommends that you walk by the spirit and not carry out the desire of the flesh of which it is against the spirit (Galatian 5: 16-17). And (Ephesians 5: 15-16) says “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil”. It is on you to keep watching your body because it is your enemy, control your mind and especially what you feed it otherwise you could be defeated by yourself.
iii) The devil is the enemy around
The devil is very strong-minded to bring about our downfall, he doesn’t care about your resources, money or fame he wants your soul (1 Peter 5:8). But you do not have to be unaware of his schemes otherwise he will get the advantage of you (2 Corinthians 2:11). The bible says to submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). The scripture is clear in saying to defeat the devil you have to subjugate yourself to God by keeping His commandment, praying and fasting, and meditating upon His word’s day and night. That is how you could be watchful and overcome the devil.
2. Stand fast in the faith
From my experience, the only battle that we have in this world is about belief. The indifferences in religious beliefs are what cause conflicts and result as the baseline of the spiritual wars which has a direct impact on the physical world. A good believer of Jesus Christ must always stick to the saint doctrines and not be movable in changing believes or doctrines to suit a situation nor a circumstance (1 Corinthians 15:58). A faithful follower shouldn’t be ashamed of the gospel of truth but diligently present themselves approved to God (2 Timothy 2:15). The aim of a serious follower of Jesus Christ should be to grow up in spiritual maturity and to be strong in the power of the Lord. This is only attained by constantly feeding upon the word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17). You should keep in mind that Satan’s primary objective is to shatter your faith (Luke 22:31-32), but you should do all possible to stand firmly in faith and let your trust be in the Lord who will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrew 13: 5-6).
3. Be brave – have courage
Bravery is to lack fear, a soldier of Jesus Christ shouldn’t be a coward like little children that can be easily intimidated. The fresh is fearful and the spirit is strong that is why you don’t have to be canal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4) but rise to attain the full stature of our manhood in Jesus Christ. Learn and seek to be more informed about God’s ways in that you will build personal courage.
4. Be strong – do not lean on your own understanding
For a moment the bible suggests you do not have any strength of yourself, and incapable to face the world, the flesh and the devil (Ephesians 6: 10 – 17). The fact that you have been failing to live a Christian life its because you relied on yourself, but the scriptures say do not lean on your own understanding (Proverb 3: 5-6, NKJV). Why? Because the flesh is weak, and it can be easily deceived. To be strong is to rely on God, finding refugee in His sanctuary, wear the armor of the God, calling upon Him for help, and ask for His leadership (Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; 1 Chronicles 16:11; 2 Timothy 1:7) Remember you can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 13).
5. Let love regulate all that you do
Love is a token, a hallmark that distinguishes features of Christians to that of the pagans. The love of God is different from the love of the world read 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. The love of God demands you to follow the commandments (John 14: 15), doing everything not for yourself but for the Lord who will reward you abundantly. The love of God requires you to have a love for all the Lord’s people regardless of their race, nationality, gender or economic status (John 13: 34-35). The Lord wants you to be a good Samaritan, a person who gives and help with an open heart without expecting anything in return.
This is the winning formula, applying it to your life makes you live a victorious life and guaranty you for eternal life. As I mentioned earlier on, all the formula gives good result when there are applied well and worked on with vigilance and care.
My brethren and sisters the Lord Jesus Christ will appear soon, therefore, be a good soldier has He desires.
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