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One great hindrance to victorious Christian living is a lack of assurance of one’s salvation. If we continually doubt God’s forgiveness, Satan renders us ineffective. I’ve met many Christians who long for victory, but often find themselves struggling and defeated. If there’s no security in our relationship with God, then defeat is assured and victory is only a passing dream.
Many years ago, I had a friend who had come to know Christ, but continually struggled with God’s acceptance. He had grown up in an abusive home. His father, an alcoholic, often beat the children when he was drunk. So when my friend became a Christian, he had a distorted view of God as his father. Any time he did something wrong, he felt rejected by God and feared what might happen. One day a Christian leader began to disciple my friend. He not only taught him the truths of God’s Word, but he also provided a living example of those truths.
He showed grace to my friend when he failed. Rather than berate him, he encouraged him. When my friend fell spiritually, this leader picked him up. And my friend began to experience more and more victory in his daily life. I didn’t see my friend for many years after that. Not long ago, he visited the city where I live and called me to get together for a meal. The change in his life was incredible. He was secure. He no longer was trying to get everyone’s acceptance. He knew he was accepted by God, and that had released him to grow and mature in Christ.
The Bible calls Satan “the accuser of the brethren.” He accuses us to God. He accuses us to our fellow believers. But the most damage comes when we believe his accusations about us. We become what we believe. So if we believe what God says, we find ourselves growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. But if we believe the accusation of the devil, we become defeated.
I’m not speaking about the new “name it and claim it” theology. I’m speaking of the old-time, old-fashioned “standing on the promises of God” theology. God’s Word says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13 nasb). The Bible says we can know that we have eternal life — not hope, wish, or think that we have eternal life. We can rest in the absolute assurance that we are the children of God — not because of anything we have done, but because of His grace.
The verse immediately prior to this tells us how we can know for sure that we have eternal life. It says, “He who has the Son has the life” (1 John 5:12). How do we know that we have eternal life? If we have the Son of God in our lives, then we can rest in the certainty that we have that eternal life — because God’s Word says we do. We must then learn to stand on God’s promises.
Victory flows from a secure relationship with God. It comes from standing on the eternal promises of God’s Word. It’s the practical knowledge of the wonderful love of the Father for His children. That’s why the Bible says “we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us.” We’re not simply victors. We are “more than conquerors.”
When we comprehend this great truth, we begin to soar with the eagles. A confidence permeates our character. Winners are always confident. -Not overconfident, just confident. Winners know their potential. That’s settled in their hearts and minds. As believers in Jesus Christ, our potential for victory in the Christian life is unlimited because Jesus has secured the victory for us. We walk in His victory, not ours. Victory comes from a fixed future in heaven, a safe relationship with the Savior on earth, and a confident conviction about our position in Christ. The most secure place to live in the world is in Christ — and to know He is living in us. That’s our blessed assurance.

2 Timothy : Chapter 1
6)  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7)  For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8)  So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9)  He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10)  but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11)  And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12)  That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 13)  What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14)  Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty

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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe.  For all other books…

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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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