What is the "Prevailing Life?"
Jesus speaks of how the gates of Hell will not prevail against His church, that is, all of His true followers (Matthew 16:18). I believe the opposite is true, that we should prevail against the gates of Hell! We should...and we can! The Lord has provided all we need to take the fight to the enemy in big and small ways. Keep reading to learn more.
The Prevailing Life
Statement of Faith
- God is co-eternal and co-existent in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus was conceived by the Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless live, died a sinner’s death, redeemed fallen man, rose again, ascended to Heaven, and will return to take His church then to establish His rule on the earth.
- Salvation is by grace through faith and not of man or his works least anyone should boast.
- Genuine salvation is evidenced by action (works). James teaches that faith without works is dead (not true saving faith).
- Genuine salvation means surrender/submission of the whole of one’s life to Christ as Lord.
- Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed and Hell is the eternal dwelling of the lost.
- The Holy Spirit indwells all redeemed persons.
- The Bible is inspired, inerrant, and infallible and is the final authority for faith and practice of Christians.
- The Church is the means by which Christ continues His ministry of salvation of the lost and sanctification of the saved on the earth.
- Jesus is returning to rapture His church, judge all, and establish His reign on the earth.
I have been made keenly aware by the Spirit about the issues of Christlikeness (Romans 8:29), consecration, and the process of sanctification that develops these qualities in the Christian. It is not enough for the believer to display the fruit of the Spirit on Sundays when the Church is watching, he or she must willingly embody them consistently knowing the Heavenly Father is watching (Hebrews 4:13).
Personal holiness (1 Peter 1:15-16) is something a Christian is compelled to develop and demonstrate as part of his/her witness (Matthew 5:16) to other believers who are babes in Christ or those who have embraced a minimalist (or nominal) view of committing oneself to Christ (Isaiah 29:13). Anyone can live a dynamic and fulfilling life while refusing to love the world or the things in the world (1 John 2:15) in the power of the Spirit. I endeavor to do so with a heart of grace and kindness for others (Ephesians 4:32).
Much is said today about the Christian life being all about a (love) relationship with Jesus and not about rules. That is half right because it certainly is about a relationship with Jesus. However, all relationships have rules. He tells me in the Scriptures to do certain things and not do other things. For example, He also tells me that if I love Him, I will obey His commandments (John 14:15, 1 John 5:3).
Luke 9:23-14 has been a guiding principle for me. I learn in this passage that I must be ready to deny myself completely, die to self and the world daily, and follow both Jesus’ commands and example. The Bible is filled with examples of God blessing obedience.