Posts Tagged ‘Victory

07
Jun
18

Superconquerors

Paul asked a question in Romans 8:35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” He then listed some possibilities – trouble, hardship, persecution or sword? Paul then answers the question in verse 37. He wrote:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:37 (NIV)

Jesus loves you and because of His love for you, He is fighting for you. He is on your side and He gives the ultimate victory. He makes you a conqueror. One commentator said that He makes you a “superconqueror!” It’s not you who earns your own victory. It’s Jesus who conquered the grave and gives us victory. You can’t do this on your own. The enemy cannot overcome you because greater is the One who is in you. You have the victory through Jesus Christ. So don’t give up when trouble comes your way. Instead, trust in Jesus for in Him you will conquer any trial, test or trouble that comes your way.
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14
Feb
18

Our Enemy

I think that we sometimes forget that we are involved in a spiritual war. We have an enemy who is dangerous, but defeated. We must be aware that the enemy is real and powerful, but not give him more credit than he is due. Peter wrote:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

The devil is our enemy and we have to remember that. Other people are not the enemy. The apostle Paul said that we do not battle against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness. The enemy is like a roaring lion on the prowl. He wants to destroy you and will do anything he can to do that. But the One who is in you is greater than the enemy. The enemy was defeated when Jesus walked out of that tomb alive. Now the enemy awaits final judgment and he is looking to take people down with him. Until the day he gets what is coming to him, we need to be aware, alert and sober minded because our enemy is real.
29
Aug
17

We Are Overcomers

Good Tuesday morning to you! The Apostle John tells his audience why he was writing to them. He says:

I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

​ – 1 John 2:12-14 (NIV)​
Twice he says that they had overcome the evil one. We give the evil one more credit than he is due. Through Jesus Christ, we have overcome the evil one. The devil cannot defeat you if you are in Christ Jesus. The devil doesn’t make you do anything. The One living in you is greater than the one in the world. Don’t give the enemy any power over you. Jesus overcame the enemy and He has given you His victory.
13
Feb
17

Victory

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is about Jesus’ Resurrection and is based on 1 Corinthians 15.

18
Mar
16

No Victory For Death!

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  — 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (NIV)

Sometimes it seems as though death wins.  We lose someone we love and cherish and there is no consoling us.  The memories of their life linger on and make the sting of death that much more unbearable.  Life goes on for everyone outside of our realm, but for us it stands still for days.  We don’t know how people can go on living their lives when for us there seems to be nothing but numbness.

As a pastor, I deal with death often.  More often than I would like.  I spend time with families who have lost loved ones and that is the time that I feel most inadequate.  What words can I offer that could comfort them in this difficult time?  Sometimes words fail me, but I know that Truth never fails.  The Truth is that Jesus is coming back.  There is no sting in death or victory for the grave!  Jesus conquered the grave when God raised Him from the dead!  Though tears may sting our cheeks for a while, death will not sting our souls forever!  Just as Christ was raised, those who have died and have been buried with Him will be raised as well.  That’s the promise of Romans 6 and 1 Corinthians 15.  Our hope is in Christ and He gives true victory over the grave!

All praise be to His powerful, holy Name!

PRAYER: Thank You, God, for raising Jesus from the dead and conquering the grave forever. Thank You, Father, for the hope that we have in our resurrected Savior. Fill me with hope today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

27
Jan
16

The Struggle

Sin.

I hate it.

Sin separates people from God.

Sin separates me from God.

Sin is what caused Jesus to die on a Roman cross.

Sin is what sends people to an eternity separated from God in Hell.

When we think about overcoming temptation and sin, it may seem like an insurmountable task.  So we give up before we ever start to fight.

The author of Hebrews talks about the struggle we have with sin:

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. – Hebrews 12:4 (NIV)

It calls to mind a boxing match where two opponents struggle and fight and blood is drawn.  I can just picture two heavyweights going at it in the middle of the ring, toe-to-toe.  Neither opponent wants to give up and they slug it out for 12 rounds.  Blood is shed.  Bodies are bruised.  Eyes are swollen shut.  It is a battle for the ages!  It is an epic contest where there can only be one winner!

This is a picture of our struggle with sin.  You stand toe-to-toe and resist temptation and the devil.  You fight with all you’ve got!  You get knocked down but you get right back up.  You keep struggling and resisting and fighting!  Don’t give up!  Fight the good fight!  You’ve got three things going for you…

  1. The crowd is on your side (Hebrews 12:1).
  2. Jesus is your corner Man (He’ll never tell you, “You’re a bum, Rock!  A bum! – apologies to Burgess Meredith!)
  3. The power of the Holy Spirit dwells within you and gives you victory!

You’re not alone in the struggle.  You’ve got power and perseverance on your side.  Don’t give up!  Never, ever give up!  Keep struggling and fighting and resisting sin.  Remember this one thing – when sin knocks you down, God’s grace will always pick you back up again.

What is the sin you’re struggling with the most right now?

Pray and ask God to help you in your struggle and to help you keep fighting and resisting today.

PRAYER: God, I need Your strength to overcome the temptations that will come my way today.  I don’t have the strength to do it on my own.  Help me to repent of sin and to run to You for strength.  Thank You for forgiving my many sins in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

13
May
15

Using What You’ve Been Given

Solomon recounts a story of a king who laid siege to a city.  The wealthy king had a powerful army, but the city had a poor, wise man.  The wise man came up with a plan that saved the city, even though they were outnumbered.  Solomon’s point is that “wisdom is better than strength” (Ecclesiastes 9:16, NIV).
It reminds me of a proverb I read about in the book Good To Great by Jim Collins.  There are two animals: a fox and a hedgehog.  Inline image 1The fox is bigger and stronger than the hedgehog and tries a myriad of ways to eat the hedgehog.  The hedgehog is small and easy prey for the fox.  The hedgehog knows one thing – roll up in a ball.  He may be small, but he wisely uses what he’s been given to live another day.
The point is to use what you’ve been given in a wise manner to overcome the obstacles, temptations and struggles in your life.  Sometimes the answer or solution is the most obvious one – prayer.  Don’t try to overcome your struggles on your own.  You’ve been given the power of the Holy Spirit!  Trust in the Lord with everything you’ve got and let Him lead you and guide you to safety.  Let God protect you and your heart.  Let God defeat your enemies.  He’s given you what you need (His Word and His Spirit), so use the tools you’ve been given to overcome a formidable enemy.  Victory is assured if you will use wisdom and the tools you’ve been given to seize it!
Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 (NIV)

I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. 16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
    than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
    but one sinner destroys much good.




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