Three Steps to Victory
Wednesday, 3 Aug , 2005 Service
Foundational Scripture: 1 Sam 17:1-11
This is an awful situation to be in. The enemy is in your own back yard and wants nothing more than to destroy you and cut your head off. Satan’s desire is to see you live as slaves for the rest of your lives; living beneath your privilege and not according to the blessings of God.
The anointing doesn’t keep challenges away from the child of God. The power of the Holy Ghost in our lives allows us to face the obstacles of life head on. There is a confidence that comes from a close relationship with God, and that is what we need so desperately in these last days. Lord, give us the strength to carry on.
If there was no way for us to defeat our enemies, the Lord would not have told us to put our armor on. If there was no way to win, it would be pointless to get ready for the battle. Let me tell you, child of God, there is a reason to go on, and there is hope in the battle. The Bible says, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, KJV) The Word of the living God assures our victory, so believe it with all your might.
There are three steps in order for us to gain the victory. By the way, are you shouting the victory? Do you know that God is going to help you through your battles and let you walk victoriously through life? I Corinthians 15:57says “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
STEP 1 RECOGNIZE YOUR ENEMY.
You need to know who you’re fighting. Many battles have been lost because the Christian soldier didn’t know who the real enemy was. We need to understand the enemy’s tactics and fight accordingly.
1 Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour:
Gal 5:19-21 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Eph 2:1-3 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 6:11-12 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For 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.
STEP 2 STAND YOUR GROUND IN JESUS’ NAME.
I realize it is often easier to run or blame God than to stand your ground and fight the battle. Church, our Father is on our side, and we have no right to run from the battle just because it may be going rough for us. Remember who is fighting for us. It’s time to dig our feet into the sand and declare we are children of God – we win in Jesus’ name.
Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
I really like this next scripture. The prophet declared something that is definite, not just a possibility. We have to believe what the Word says, and not go by our feelings. It’s time to stand on God’s Word!
Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD
shall be a light unto me.
STEP 3 USE POWERFUL WEAPONS.
God has supplied the saints with tools to give us the victory, but they are absolutely no good until we put them in our hands and use them according to the Word.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
2 Cor 10:3-5 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Acts 10:36-38 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Many Christians are weak because they either don’t know the Word of God or just don’t use it. The weapons are there for the taking, but we must reach out and grab them in order for them to help us.
Will you have the victory today?