The Normal Christian Life

Ok, about every Sunday during worship service, as I’m singing along with Nathan (and plenty of others to drown me out thank goodness!) I start thinking about the words that I’m singing. I start internalizing what they really mean and start praying that I’m not singing them in vain. I want to live them out the other 6 days of the week! So when I sing about the “carpet being worn” I want to really be on my knees that much or when I declare “I am free” and “salvation is here and it lives in me,” I want my life to reflect that!
This week we had an extended worship service, and I was truly extended in worship! There were moments of standing and praising and moments on the floor bowing in awe of all He has done in my life and in the lives of people I love. There was also a wonderful time to be had on the front row as “my girls” and I truly celebrated God while jumping, dancing, and singing! (My calves still hurt; ain’t no better way to get an excerise in!)
I started thinking about the words “salvation is here and it lives in me.” I started praying that God would teach me what that looks like and that I would begin to live like that! I have just finished the book Climbing by Rosalind Goforth. It is a simple book with a simple cover and simple stories within, but the lessons are anything but little. The impact of the memories recalled by Mrs. Goforth have had such profound effects in me.

At the end of her book she recounts a time when she was able to attend a conference and how the message, about how God really wants Christians to live, changed her life. “…the Christian life as God had not only planned it for His children but had made abundant provision for their living it. He described a life of victory, not defeat, of peace and trust, not struggle and worry…All through his address, I kept thinking, ‘Yes, it’s wonderful, but I’ve tried so often and failed; I doubt if it is possible’…(But) I saw clearly what God taught, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the overcoming, victorious life in Christ is the normal life God has planned for his children.” She goes on to ask these questions: “What would happen if we all believed God? Would we justify ourselves in speaking the irritable and irritating word? Would we dare spend time in reading that which would soil or desecrate the temple of Christ’s pure Holy Spirit?” Along with these words she records this promise from God’s Word, “God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of the glory”
(Col. 1:27)

I am hoping to take some time studying the scriptures to find out all that “God would make known” to me. I want a life without worry or struggle…I want a life of victory. Some things I do know about “this life” is that the world I live in “has nothing for me” except worry, struggle, and disappointment. I know that if I’m going to find and live a victorious life it is only going to come through seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. I know that if I’m going to pray for a life wholy devoted to Him, I’m going to have to stop devoting myself to things that aren’t of Him. I know that if I’m going to live like salvation is here, I have to believe it! My thoughts toward Christ will have to remain “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” instead of getting disillusioned and frustrated because He didn’t do things the way I thought He would.
I hope that all of us would seek the “normal Christian life”, and when times come that we trade it out for a hopeless one I pray we will but remember Mrs. Goforth’s words, “I seem to lose sight of my failures in the multitude of His mercies.”
Have any of you found a life of victory? How has that changed the way you live? Any promises from His Word that has helped you? I’d love to hear from you! Have a blessed day!