“Living the Overcoming & Victorious life“
John 8:32 – …You shall know the truth, and the truth will SET YOU FREE!
Freedom from what? Freedom from defeat! Freedom to live in VICTORY! HALLELUJAH!
“We have authority over ALL OUR SPIRITUAL ENEMIES through the power of God. He has given us every weapon necessary to OVERCOME them and LIVE IN VICTORY!”
“It is important for the Christian soldier to know the truth of God’s Word, and the authority that we possess in Jesus! Too often the child of God allows Satan to bluff, bluster and coerce (intimidate) him into submission and defeat when he has ready to aid him ALL THE POWER of the resurrected, VICTORIOUS CHRIST!“
“THE PROBLEM… lack of knowledge. “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6) O that we might know how to use the Word of God as Jesus did when He defeated Satan with, “IT IS WRITTEN!”
“Christian life is truly WARFARE. There are techniques of Spiritual Warfare, which if put into practice by the child of God will turn defeat into VICTORY, and tragedy into TRIUMPH…”
(Quote acknowledgement – –WE ARE DESTINED TO OVERCOME from “Destined to Overcome – The Technique of Spiritual Warfare” by Paul Billheimer, as he shares secrets of spiritual authority)…
I Corinthians 15:57 – Thanks be to God who GIVES US THE VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ!
2 Corinthians 2:14 – Thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to TRIUMPH in Christ…
Matthew 16:18 – …I will build my church (His church is a VICTORIOUS CHURCH) and the gates of hell will NOT PREVAIL!
I John 5:4 – For whatsoever is born of God OVERCOMES the world: and this is the VICTORY that OVERCOMES the world, even OUR FAITH.
Faith in what, or who? Not faith in things, other people, idols, or anything else — FAITH IN JESUS!
Romans 8:35,37 – Nothing will separate me from the love of Christ… In all these things I am MORE THAN A CONQUEROR through Him who loved me.
god is for me
Romans 8:31-32 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is FOR US who (or what) can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us ALL things?
Part of the “ALL THINGS” is — VICTORY!
battles to fight & a race to WIn!
I Timothy 6:12 – FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called …
Acts 20:24 – But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may FINISH MY RACE with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good FIGHT, I have FINISHED THE RACE, I have kept the faith.
Special note: Notice how ‘fight’ & ‘race’ are interconnected. The fight is the race, and the race is the fight…
Hebrews 12:1-2 – …us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance THE RACE that is set before us… looking to JESUS the author & finisher of OUR FAITH.
THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE IS NOT AGAINST PEOPLE
Ephesians 6:12 …we wrestle NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
GOD HELPS US TO OVERPOWER OUR ENEMIES
Let’s consider the story found in the book of Esther.
Here’s a quick summary – Wicked Haman had made an evil plot to destroy the Jews. He pridefully thought that his plans were pushing through only to find out that it got OVERTURNED – and Haman and the Jews enemies were the ones who got killed.
1ST THE NATURAL, THEN THE SPIRITUAL
I Corinthians 15:46 – Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
I Corinthians 10:11 – Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the SCRIPTURES might have hope.
Here’s some personal application to intercede for and claim…
Just like the Lord helped them, and fought for them – He is also able to help us in the fight for right there in the United States! “On the day my enemies hope to overpower me, the opposite will occur and I WILL OVERPOWER THEM!”
Lord hear our prayer, and faith declaration, in Jesus name!
I John 4:4 – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, than he that is in the world.
“I will overcome my enemies because HE WHO IS IN ME IS GREATER than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4 – Personalized)
OVERCOMING WITH GOOD
Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome of evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD.
POWER OVER THE ENEMY
Luke 10:19 – I GIVE YOU POWER (Jesus said to His disciples) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Is. 54:17 – NO WEAPON that is formed against you shall prosper… This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, SAYS THE LORD.
OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
OVERCOMING WITH GOD’S WORD
Ephesian 6:17 -…And take up the sword of the Spirit which is the (Rhema) Word of God.
I Timothy 1:18 – Let these words be your weapons as you fight.
OVERCOMING BY THE BLOOD
Rev 12:11 – And they overcame him (Satan) BY THE BLOOD of the Lamb…
OVERCOMING WITH OUR TESTIMONY
Revelation 12:11 – …by the WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
OVERCOMING BY FAITH
I John 5:4 – For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the VICTORY that has overcome the world—OUR FAITH.
OVERCOMING IN JESUS NAME
Ps. 44:5 – Through you will we push down our enemies: THROUGH YOUR NAME will we tread them under that rise up against us.
Philippians 2:10 – that at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth…
Colossians 3:17 – whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
overcoming in the spirit
Zechariah 4:6 – ‘Not by might nor by power, but BY MY SPIRIT’ says the Lord of hosts.
Ephesian 6:17 – And take up the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the (Rhema) Word of God.
John 6:33 – It is THE SPIRIT that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are life.
Ephesians 5:18 – …be FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.
Micah 3:8 – But truly I am FULL OF POWER by the Spirit of the Lord…
JEsUS IS GREATER
The power of the Spirit of Christ within us is greater than the power of our enemies. Light is more powerful than darkness!
I John 4:4 – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, than he that is in the world.
STORIES & ILLUSTRATIONS
CALEB & JOSHUA
Numbers 13:30 – We will go up at once and take possession of our land, for WE ARE WELL ABLE TO OVERCOME IT.
“I will not let my heart faint or be afraid and I will not tremble or be terrified because of my enemies, for the Lord my God is He who goes with me, to FIGHT FOR ME against my enemies, to save me. (Deuteronomy 20:3,4 – Personalized)
king JEHOSHAPHAT’S ARMY
Brief summary… There were lots of enemies attacking them. It was very intimidating, facing such a great multitude! What did they do? They set themselves to fast, pray, and SEEK THE LORD for His HELP… They said to the Lord, “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
I Chronicles 20:17,27 – Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for THE LORD IS WITH YOU.”
“I will not need to fight in this battle. I will position myself, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. I will not fear or be dismayed for THE LORD IS WITH ME… The Lord has made me to rejoice over my enemies. (2 Chronicles 20:17,27 – Personalized)
SENNECHERIB OVERCOME (ISAIAH 36,37)
Brief summary… The King of Assyria – King Sennecherib was attacking the kingdom of Judah. They were prideful, blasphemous, scornful, & intimidating. They mocked God, and were arrogant. King Hezekiah & the kingdom of Judah cried out to the Lord for HELP! The Lord miraculously answered! The angel of the Lord was sent, and supernaturally killed 185,000 of their enemies in one night (Isaiah 37:36). The enemy was defeated!
1 John 2:13,14 …I write unto you, young men, because you have OVERCOME THE WICKED ONE… I have written unto you, young men, because YOU ARE STRONG, and the WORD OF GOD ABIDES IN YOU, and you have OVERCOME THE WICKED ONE.
“I will be STRONG IN THE LORD and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10 – Personalized)
“I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4;13 – Personalized)
“For God has NOT given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 – Personalized)
“Now thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads me in TRIUMPH in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:14 – Personalized)
a solemn warning
BEING OVERCOME BY CORRUPTION BRINGS BONDAGE TO CORRUPTION
2 Peter 2:19,20 – While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for OF WHOM A MAN IS OVERCOME, of the same is he BROUGHT IN BONDAGE.
THE LORD OF HOSTS HAS MANY reinforcements WITH US & FOR US
Psalm 55:18 – He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me – for THERE WERE MANY WITH ME.
MISSIONARY JOHN PATON ILLUSTRATION (REVIEW FROM PART 1)
When hostile natives came to burn down their house and destroy them one night, they were stopped. A year later, when the chief was converted, John Paton asked him why they had unexpectedly left.
The chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men with you there?” Paton knew no men were present–but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen an army of big men in shining garments with drawn swords circling the mission station.
When Elisha was attacked by the host of Syrians, the Lord also protected them. Elisha told his servant – “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:16,17
JESUS IS OUR HELP IN TROUBLE
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge & strength, a VERY PRESENT HELP in times of trouble
Psalm 50:15 – (God prophetically says) …call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, & you shall glorify me.
Ps. 91:15 – (When people set their love steadfastly upon the Lord, He prophetically promises)… I will be with him in trouble…
Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble, and He knows them that trust in Him. (He sees & know our level of FAITH)
Heb 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace TO HELP in time of need.
Ps. 138:7 – …though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will REVIVE (restore, refresh, encourage, strengthen, help, keep alive, preserve, protect, keep safe, quicken) me.
Rom. 8:37 – …in all these things (right in the midst of the conflict) we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS.
Ps. 107:6,13,19,28 – they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and HE DELIVERED THEM out of their distresses.
IF IN TROUBLE – PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
Ps 86:7 – In the day of my trouble I will call upon you: for YOU WILL ANSWER ME.
Ps. 60:11 – …give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Heb. 13:6 – …He Himself has said, “I will never (never, never) leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
REWARDS OF VICTORY
Revelation 15:2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have THE VICTORY over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the
Revelation 3:21 – To him that OVERCOMES will I grant to sit with me in my throne, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME, and am set down with my Father in His throne.
Revelation 2:7 …to him that OVERCOMES will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 21:7 – He that OVERCOMES shall inherit ALL THINGS; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
CAN WE? IS IT REALY POSSIBLE TO THE LIVE VICTORIOUSLY?
YES! IT IS POSSIBLE…!
Matthew 19:26 – … with God all things are possible.”
Mark 9:23 – Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
Mark 10:27 – But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!”
Jeremiah 32:17-19,27, – ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is NOTHING too hard for You…—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in work… 26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?…42 “For thus says the Lord: ‘Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.
SOME PRACTICAL THINGS THAT WE CAN DO THAT ASSIST US IN LIVING A LIFE OF VICTORY
Morning prayer (Look to God as our source of victory first thing, and all the day long)… pray without ceasing – live a life of constant and conscious fellowship with God.
Living by every Word that comes from God – use God’s Word, practice it, make it personal – “this is God’s Word to ME” – know God’s Word, read it, meditate in it, etc…
Speaking VICTORIOUS words (the Word of God) – don’t give place to the devil! Submit to God. Resist the devil and He will flee from you – James 4:7
Understanding the revelation of His grace & mercy. Develop a growing, intimate relationship with the Lord. Grow to really know Him, experiencing Sovereign, Divine encounters with Him by His Spirit & through HIs Word.
Realize that we exist for God’s pleasure, not our own. (Revelation 4:11)
I Corinthians 15:57 & 2 Corinthians 2:14
THANKS be to God who GIVES US THE VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ!. .. who ALWAYS (Always, always, always) CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST…!!