How many of us want to experience spiritual victory? How many of us want to have happy and joyful lives? I am assuming that all of us will answer in the affirmative. I am assuming that no one wants to struggle through life experiencing all the highs and lows in the never-ending pendulum swings of life. We seem to go from one extreme to the other without ever reaching a place of comfort and happiness that New Testament Christianity promises.
The Psalmist understood the power of God’s word in his own life. In fact, the entire one hundred and nineteenth Psalm is a tribute to the power of God’s word. One hundred and seventy-six verses, written in acrostic form, around the twenty-three letters of the Hebrew alphabet, all praising the word of God. Listen carefully to verses nine and eleven.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9, ESV)
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)
Scripture, the written word of God, is a source of spiritual victory in our lives. I would bet that is not the first time you have heard that, and yet, I would bet you still struggle to commit to studying God’s word. We know how powerful the word of God is, but life and commitments seem to get in the way. It seems like we just don’t have the time or desire to read some parts of the Word of God.
Many Christians struggle with spiritual defeat or recurring sins because they haven’t learned the Word much less how to apply Biblical principles to specific situations. Perhaps they don’t know God’s will because they haven’t matured in the Word but most often it is that they simply don’t read the Word. Sometimes, they may know exactly what He expects of them, but they disregard His counsel. In either case, the results are the same. Weak Christians who struggle through life void of real victory.
Jesus Himself repelled Satan’s attacks by quoting specific portions of Scripture that applied to specific temptations (Matthew 4:1–11). He knew the Word, believed it and refused to compromise its principles. In so doing, He set a pattern for us to follow.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
The answer is clear: God’s word is a source of spiritual victory in this life and the next.