Why a Successful Christian Life

Success Can Change Laws

History is always “His” story. It is the story created by the victors.
Success always rewrites and creates history.
Success has the power to change laws
And only success changes people.

God wants us to live a triumphant life.

2 Corinthians 2:14  But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 2:14  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Jesus changed history, He rewrote and recreated history.
He changed the history of the world because He was a success.

Jesus is still the most powerful influence in this world.
He has been influencing history, politics, events, science, economy, business, medicine, culture and everything in this world.
He has been influencing millions of lives in this world.
He has converted the barbarians of the darkest continents to lovers of humanity.

All because Jesus is a Success.
 Two thieves

Think about the two thieves on the cross.

We know when Jesus died on the day of crucifixion.
We know what Jesus spoke while He was struggling on the cross.
We know how He breathed his last breath.

But we are not sure when and how the two thieves died.
We may assume that the repented thief might have died on the same day from the words of Jesus offering him rest in paradise on the same day with Him.
Nothing more than this assumption about one thief.
What happened to the other thief?
No one ever gave it a serious thought.

There is a difference between two of them (thieves on the cross) also.
Both of them, at first, it seems, mocked and despised Jesus on the cross.
But very soon one of them repented, felt sorry for his wrong doing and asked Jesus for his forgiveness and placed a request for the citizenship of the Kingdom of God.

Luke 23:39-43
39  One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43   Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

He was a thief, a bad one indeed. That is why he was crucified.
He also might have jeered at Jesus; but soon realized his mistake and begged pardon from the Lord.

Matthew 27:38-44

44  In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Victim to Victor

The repented thief is a fine example for a person who turned from victim to victor in the last hour of his life.
He is a symbol of hope to many that Jesus forgives any sinner even in the last hour of life.
He is preached throughout the world.
Because he died as a victor.
 Jesus a Victor

If Jesus died on the cross bearing the crime of a false teacher and traitor to the Roman Kingdom, it would have been a lost and unheard story.
But the story did not end there.
Jesus bounced back to life with tremendous power, glory and authority.
He is exalted to be the King of Kings.

Jesus turned the cross, a symbol of shame, utter punishment and curse into a symbol of blessing.
Because He triumphed over all of His enemies on the cross.

Colossians 2:13-15
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
14  having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
 Success Story of Jesus

No doubt, only success creates history.
Success defines the meaning of life.
Only success can influence the world.

Where did Jesus begin His success story?

Jesus career is a special one of success.
The specialty is that He never failed, not anywhere, not any time during His whole career.
He started as victor and ended as victor.

Jesus started with accepting baptism from John the Baptist.

Luke 3:21-23
21  When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened
23  Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli,

Jesus did not start preaching or doing miracles just after that.
Straight away, after His baptism in water and the Holy Ghost, he was led to the desert.

Luke 4:1,2
1    Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
   where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

There Jesus confronted Satan, person to person and defeated Satan in his three attempts to defeat the mission of Jesus.
During the temptation period Jesus declared three principle of success (Luke 4:3-13) that He has to keep for the successful fulfillment of His mission.

1.      Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
2.      We should worship only the Lord our God.
3.      We should not tempt the Lord our God.

Jesus career started with victory and moved to victory.
This is exceptional.
 The Final Victory

The final victory was achieved on the cross defeating Satan and all his principalities, disarming them, confiscating stolen souls and stolen blessing and parting the rewards among His faithful disciples, then and to come, all over the world.

Colossians 2:13-15

Luke 11:21
21  “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
22  But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

Why should we live successful?

1.  Fulfill the purpose of our life

We are here to influence the world with the Kingdom principles.

An intend for His kingdom

Matthew 6:10  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

The prayer ‘your kingdom come’ and ‘your will be done’ is one and the same thing.

Kingdom of God is the redemptive hope of the Old Testament saints.
The Kingdom of God was the central message of Jesus.

We are asking God to exert His authority in the world so that His purposes are achieved.

Kingdom of God refer to:

The active, dynamic exercise of God’s rule, authority, dominion, and power in the world.
It is the rule of God manifested in Christ to bring redemption to the earth.

Kingdom of God is the redemptive reign of God.
It is dynamically active to establish His rule among human beings.
It has already come into human history in the person and mission of Jesus to overcome evil, to deliver people from its power, and to bring them into the blessings of God’s reign.

1 Peter 2:9    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Luke 11:17-20  

20  But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Luke 17:20,21
21  nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Or is within you) (NIV)

Luke 17:20,21
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Influencing the world is possible only if your Kingdom is a triumphant kingdom.
How much you may preach, none with listen to you if the kingdom you are preaching about is a reign or region of victims and defeated people.
There is no argument over it.
Only triumphant countries can influence defeated nations.

That means, we are to live a successful life to influence the world.

But unfortunately what we preach is that:

1.      Our king is a victor
2.      But unfortunately we are victims.
3.      We are continuously defeated by an enemy to our kingdom
4.      Our kingdom cannot do anything against the enemy while we are here in this world.

But Jesus proclaimed success:

Matthew 4:23   Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

1 John 4:4  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 5:4,5
   for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

   Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

The Kingdom of God is a triumphant Kingdom.
Its citizens are triumphant citizens – they have overcome the world, Satan and sin.
They lead a triumphant life always and everywhere.
Because their King is a victor.

We are influencing the world with our victorious life.
We tell others through our life: Live with the Kingdom principles, Live like us and live as a victor.

2.    Success can change laws

Think of our Lord Jesus Christ again.
His life and death was a success.
By His victorious life He has changed laws.

He has changed the status of the cross.
Cross once was a symbol of shame, an ignoble punishment given to traitors.

Jesus has changed its status to a symbol of hope, a place of salvation, an altar of sacrifice.
Because He confronted Satan and defeated him on the cross.

Colossians 2:13-15

During His ministry on earth, Jesus healed a woman who suffered with an issue of blood for twelve years.
Jesus was on his way to Jairus’s home to heal (resurrect) his daughter.

Luke 8:41-48
48  Then he said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

According to Leviticus 15:19-30, she is an “unclean” woman

1)      As an “unclean” woman she was unwelcome in society i.e. socially isolated.
2)      Everything and everyone she touched became ceremonially unclean, so she would have been shunned by everyone, even family.
3)      Sexual relations would have been unclean, her bed and even her husband would have been ceremonially unclean, so she probably would have been divorced by her husband (DEU 24:1)
4)      Worship in the synagogue would have been barred to her since she could not make atonement for her blood flow (LEV 15:28-30).
5)      As an “unclean” woman if she touched Jesus, under normal circumstances, she would make Him ceremonially “unclean.
6)      As a woman she was restricted from touching a man in public.   

So, if she touches the Rabbi Jesus (touches even his ceremonial dress), Jesus would become ritually unclean.
According to the Law, Jesus had to wash himself and all his clothes to become clean again.

Not only Jesus, many among the crowd became “unclean” because it was impossible for her to reach Jesus through the crowd without touching them.

When Jesus called her to come to the front of the scene, she was afraid the rabbi would censure her because she had broken several laws.
But instead of scolding and shaming her, Jesus praised her.
He had not addressed her as woman or sinner, but called her daughter.
He restored her social standing.
She was no longer alone, but part of his family by virtue of her faith.

Jesus did not go away to wash himself and his clothes.
His disciples or none among the crowd did not go to wash themselves and their clothes.
Jesus continued His journey towards Jairus’ home and resurrected his dead child.

Jesus redefined the social law.
No other Rabbis could do it.

Success and successful people can redefine social cultural and even national laws.

3.    God partners only with successful people

God is in partnership with His men to work in this world.
God is omnipotent and can do anything anywhere in this Universe.
But God never does anything without the permission of a man.
God always works in partnership with His chosen people.

Thus God chose Abraham to create a new nation of Kingdom priests and a holy nation.
God did not create a new race as He created Adam and Eve.
Instead He called out Abraham, brought him to the Promised Land and gave him descendents as many as stars in the sky.

God came down on Mt. Sinai to partner with man.

Exodus 19:5, 6
   Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
1        you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

God worked in partnership with Isaac and Jacob.
God was the chief partner with King David.
God Himself came down as a man to execute salvation for all nations on the earth.
God was Rabbi to the disciples to disburse His grace among nations.
God still works in partnership with successful people.

4.    Our defeat is God’s defeat

Who are we?
What are we doing here?

We are representing His Kingdom on this earth, among the unbelieving nations.

We are kings under the great King.
Kings represent all the glory, richness and success of the nation.

King David represented the victory of the Kingdom.
King Solomon represented the richness of the Kingdom.

What are representing?

Successful people represents the triumph of the Kingdom.
Defeated people represents the defeat of their nation.

2 Corinthians 5:20   We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Ephesians 6:20  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

The world understands your Kingdom through you.

How can we live a successful life?

We are already a successful nation.

Join the triumphant procession.

Colossians 2:13-15

2 Corinthians 2:14  

Isaiah 41:14
14  Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15  “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.
16  You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away.
But you will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

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