Review by Grace Ministries • Have you experienced trying to meet “God’s expectations” for your behavior and actions? Bob George has written a classic book (so named) on understanding what is and how to live the Victorious and True Life. He begins by looking at the errors and misconceptions we have about God and his expectations of us. He discusses our understanding of Jesus as God incarnate and spiritual death and spiritual life.
He explains that in order to mature in our faith, we must walk in the fact that we are cleansed of our sins, past, present and future. In order for this to be true, Bob elaborates on what the cross accomplished, that we WERE sinners saved by Grace but we are now called Saints. When you understand your identity, you walk and act accordingly out of that identity.
We learn to walk out of this new identity through our relationship with God. Bob describes how identity plays such an important role in our life, and we discover our identity through relationship. He explains that the core of your identity as a Christian is a beloved son or daughter of God. God doesn’t look at what you do to identify you – he looks at who you are, indwelt with the Holy Spirit, in Christ. We are not defined by our successes or failures.
Bob then talks about how God provides us with unconditional love as we have never truly experienced, that we receive this love because of our identity in Christ. He walks us through the common pitfalls: the confusion with law and grace, dealing with “a license to sin”, faith defined as total dependency on God, and suggests that in order for growth and renewal, we need rest, trust and be God-directed.