Every Christian wants to live a victorious Christian life. But some find it difficult. Today we will study a passage that shows us how to live and have victorious Christian life.
II. BIBLE READING
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (NKJ)
A. Discussion Before Reading Passage:
- What is your idea of a “victorious Christian life”?
- Are most of us living a victorious Christian life? If not, what are the problems we encounter? Let us now study the passage and try to find out how we can overcome these problems.
B. Discussion After Reading Passage:
- In verse 1, there are three don’ts. Give examples of each in our daily lives.
- Verse 2 tells us how we can sustain a Christian lifestyle.
a. How can we “find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord”? Do we “study it day and night”? What is our attitude in our “acing of the Word of God? Do we read the Bible out of a sense of duty, or do we read it because we love Him and want to know what He wants to tell us?
b. Share your experiences frankly. What do you usually do when you receive a letter? If we were to liken the Bible to a letter, would you have the same attitude? Does our attitude affect how much we profit from the Word of God? How? What kind of attitude should we have?
c. How does studying the Bible regularly affect our Christian lifestyle? How does memorizing Scripture help in this regard?
d. Is it possible for a Christian to study the Bible and not bear fruit? How and why? How important is obedience in this regard?
- Verse 3 describes what happens when verses 1 and 2 are fulfilled.
a. Why is a Christian likened to a “tree that grows beside a stream”? What is the “water” that a Christian needs? Contrast it with a tree planted in the desert.
Application: Do you feel “watered” or do you feel “dry”?
b. What is the “fruit” Christians bear? There are several kinds of “fruit”:
Application: Examine your life for a moment. How much fruit is there? If there is not much, why? Do you bear fruit occasionally or regularly?
c. “They succeed in everything they do” is a tremendous statement. Why do we often fall short of this? What relation is there between the growth of our spiritual life and the success of what we do? Regarding the term “success,” we should be aware that what is successful in the eyes of God may not always be successful in the eyes of the world, and vice versa.
- Verse 4 describes the nonChristian. Is there anybody who feels like he is “drifting through life”? Like “straw that the wind blows away”? What is the solution? Contrast this picture with the tree that is planted beside the stream. What are the differences?
- Verses 5 and 6 tell us the end of sinners. Who among us are not sinners? Just because we are somewhat better than our neighbors, can we claim to be “righteous”? If not, how do these verses apply to us?
Now that we have studied the passage, how do we apply it to resolve the problems we cited in section A(2)?
The key to a victorious Christian life is to be in total union with God, letting Him be the Lord of our lives. And the way to achieve that is to study His Word day and night and delight in it.