Spiritual Formation I: Victorious Christian Living

Posted: May 6, 2013 in Faith, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Growth, Victorious Christian Living
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Part 1 of a series on Spiritual Formation, mostly reviews and personal responses to some of the literature that addresses spiritual growth. In this first post, I would like to respond to a short classic work, Victorious Christian Living, by Robertson McQuilkin. I would strongly encourage anyone to read this, download it, print it, etc. As far as I know, Dr. McQuilkin did not put any limitations on using this pamphlet. It can be found here:

http://www.ciu.edu/faculty-publications/article/victorious-christian-living-biblical-exposition-sanctification

 

The first sentence was probably the most meaningful. Not that the article went downhill from there, but the idea that “average is not normal” encouraged me to strive for something more, and not base my evaluation of spiritual growth on other people, whether evaluating myself, or someone else. The other key idea is really the essence of the article: that unbelief is the root cause of a less-than-victorious life, and therefore faith is the cure for spiritual failure. Since I grew up in a system that put more emphasis on good works, both as proofs of spiritual maturity, and as methods for spiritual growth, I appreciated the reminder that faith is the real key.

McQuilkin summarizes the article with the following sentence:

If my relationship to God is one of (a) unconditional surrender and (b) confident expectation that He will keep His word (c) I can experience a life of consistent victory over temptation and growth toward His own likeness, (d) I can see His purpose for my ministry supernaturally fulfilled, and above all, (e) I can daily experience loving companionship with my Savior. (p. 34)

So, the prerequisites for spiritual transformation are “unconditional surrender” and “confident expectation that He will keep His word.” If that is so, any striving on our part should be toward these two goals. Of course, the idea of striving toward unconditional surrender is paradoxical, but intentionally so. In the end, it is not our strength that brings victory, either in our own life, or in the lives of those we lead. The Word is elevated to its rightful place as the authority, but also the source of our confidence. If God wrote it, He’ll do it. If He will do it, we will experience it and see it. In other words, if God said He will bring victory, we can surrender to Him and rely on Him to transform us into His image, give us a purpose, and lovingly walk beside us.

 

Comments
  1. […] reflects the attitude and behavior of Christ,” (Victorious Christian Living, 5 – reviewed here). Hopefully, in our churches, we can fight back against this strong impulse toward […]

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