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Overview "To me, to live is Christ." - Philippians 1:21 Can Christians ever "win" if the Christian life is a drudgery of ups and downs? Where only some days we conquer our sinful desires, and only sometimes we succeed at loving unconditionally? No. That's counterfeit success, if any is found in such a life at all, says Charles Trumbull in Victory in Christ . "If you have to work for your victory, it is not the real thing," he says. The true essence of living a full Christian life means we quit trying. Instead, we let Jesus Christ live His life through ours. This book reveals the tremendous freedom that is for every believer who truly releases control, and learns to rely 100 percent on the Lord.
Publishers Description “To me, to live is Christ.”
Can Christians ever “win” if the Christian life is a drudgery of ups and downs? Where only some days we conquer our sinful desires, and only sometimes we succeed at loving unconditionally? No. That’s counterfeit success, if any is found in such a life at all, says Charles Trumbull in Victory in Christ. “If you have to work for your victory, it is not the real thing,” he says. The true essence of living a full Christian life means we quit trying. Instead, we let Jesus Christ live His life through ours. This book reveals the tremendous freedom that is for every believer who truly releases control, and learns to rely 100 percent on the Lord.
“Let Go and Let God.”
—coined by Charles Trumbull
Is your spiritual walk a drudgery of ups and downs? Some days you conquer your sinful desires, but most days you fail? Does your pursuit of righteous living seem a hopeless cycle of defeat?
Then you know counterfeit victory. And now it’s time to exchange it for the real thing. A modern rendition of a Christian classic, Victory in Christ is a story of hope, a pointed and proven guide to breaking spiritual bondage and taking hold of the life of freedom God has for you.
Grasp the meaning of grace.
Accept the joy of submission.
And discover the secret of victorious living in Christ!
Story Behind the Book
A few executives at Multnomah used this book for a home study group. Its effect was so profound that it was agreed we should publish it under a new series mark, Lifechange Classics, part of the BIG CHANGE brand. Victory in Christ is the first Lifechange Edition in this new series. Charles G. Trumbull was the editor of The Sunday School Times, a respected Christian journal with a weekly circulation of more than 100,000 in the United States and abroad in the early 1900s. He was one of the foremost promoters of the Keswick holiness movement, and in 1913 he helped found America ’s Keswick Conference Center in southern New Jersey . His niece, Elisabeth Elliot, wrote a number of books now considered classics, including Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 6.25" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series LifeChange Books
ISBN 1590522540 ISBN13 9781590522547
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More About Charles Trumbull
Charles G. Trumbull was the editor of "The Sunday School Times, " a respected Christian journal with a weekly circulation of more than 100,000 in the United States and abroad in the early 1900s. He was one of the foremost promoters of the Keswick holiness movement, and in 1913 he helped found America s Keswick Conference Center in southern New Jersey . His niece, Elisabeth Elliot, wrote a number of books now considered classics, including "Through Gates of Splendor "and "Shadow of the Almighty. ""
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A "Classic" on Quietism Sep 23, 2003
This book is spiritually destructive. The premise of the book is for you to "let go and let God". The author clearly teaches that victory is not possible until you ceased striving. Victory is said to be possible only after you have stopped struggling for it only then that you are "resting" in Christ. Sounds good, but the scriptures NEVER teach this.
It is only by struggle that we grow in the Christian life. Sanctification is not a "second work" to be entered into by faith. Sanctification begins the moment one is saved. God begins, at that moment, working in us, conforming us to the image of Christ. I am them responsible to FIGHT with my flesh and resist sin. I must put off the old man, be renewed in my mind and put on the new man. We must then walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit, allowing his work to be done in and through us. Trumbul is teaching a form of sinless perfection, although his adherants will deny this. In practice, this IS sinless perfectionism. By ceasing to struggle, he teaches self is annihilated and Christ is formed in us. So long as one continues to "rest in Christ" one is filled with the spirit and free from sin. This is a gross misunderstanding of sin. Sin is not just voluntary, it is part of your nature. At no point will a Christian ever be free from sin - and certainly not by ceasing to struggle.
Good Things Come in Small Packages! Dec 26, 2002
This book was required reading for a seminary class, and am I ever glad it was!
The underlying thesis of Trumbull's title is: instead of trying to live the Christian life in your own strength, surrender to Christ and let Him live His life in and through you.
How many times have we failed to heed this wisdom? When we allow Christ to have His way in our lives, we experience total and complete victory over sin and become a continual source of blessing to others.
In my humble opinion, some of the more important points Trumbull mentions are: 1) Christ has the power and responsibility to set us free from sin (our job is to surrender to Christ and let Him have His way with us), 2) Christ does not want us to work for Him, rather, He wants to be our life and work through us in His power, 3) Beware of the counterfeit victory where you try your hardest to live the Christian life instead of letting Christ live His life through you, 4) Stop trying to win the victory and let Christ win it for us! We cannot have victory until we surrender to Christ, 5) Distinguish between the Lord's leading and the devil's distractions, 6) Cultivate interesting and useful hobbies/interests that broaden your Christian perspective, and 7) Do not let the cares of the world and the church cause you to neglect those closest to you (how many times have we heard about this in the Christian and secular world!).
All in all, Trumbull's book is an easy read full of precious gems waiting to be mined. So stop trying to minister to others in your own strength and let Christ minister to others through you so you can experience His victory and others are blessed in the process!
Both vocational Christian workers and lay people will benefit from this read. The non-Christian will be encouraged to consider how a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as the basis of Christianity radically differs from the good works theology of other world religions.
This book is truly life changing!!!!! Aug 11, 1998
Although I had a good understanding of my identity in Christ and the finality of the cross this book truly blessed my life. Every sentence is packed with powerful truth after powerful truth. This is a book you will want to read again and again and share with your friends.
Shows how to achieve victory over the hardest sins. Jul 22, 1998
One of the most influencial books I have ever read. I have given copies to many people. The Lord has used this book to show me the power of the Spirit in my everyday struggles. It has definitely changed my life. I have found freedom from some life-long battles and have discovered that God never intended me to win them in the first place. VERY practical - you can use the concepts while you are reading it. A short powerful book.