Living Life Victoriously!

Preached by Chris Adams, September 21, 2008

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Communion by, Michael O’Donnell

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Vic·to·ry (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
1: the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist
2: achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties

David proclaims in 1 Chronicles 29:11 that victory belongs to God and describes WHO He is. Much like John describes God is love–here, David says,”God is VICTORY!”
1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

It is so inspiring to see people living victoriously: conquering sin, surrendering to God’s will and winning souls in Central New York. With so much victory we need to beware aware of Satan’s schemes and counter-attacks. Let’s stay close to God in constant prayer, as we close out the final days of our PRAYER CAMPAIGN. The harvest is going to be plentiful this Fall!

1 Chronicles 29:11
• It is all about change.
• You don’t have victory without struggle.
• The definition of God is victory.
• God is the embodiment of achievement and success against struggle and odds.

Psalm 33:17
• In Israel, instead of turning to God for victory and strength, they turned to other things.
• It is deliverance by God through man.
Question: How are you trusting God?
Question: How do you trust your brother in Christ?
• He uses people to help you.

Acts 26:12–19
• Paul retold the story about how Jesus took away his religiosity.
• Paul kept the forgiveness of Jesus on the forefront of his mind.
• Sometimes, you need a bright light in your life.

Mark 1:35
Question: Why did He get up early in the morning to pray?

Isaiah 42:6–7
• Release the prisoners from darkness.

Acts 13:36–48
• Barnabas and Paul preached about bringing the Gentiles to the light.

1 Peter 2:9
• You are a holy people.
• Jesus knew that sin would be His responsibility.
• Nothing would hold Jesus.
Question: Are you turning to God?

2 Peter 1:19
• You have to get to know the Word because it is God’s word.
Question: How often does the day dawn?
• Sometimes, life gets overwhelming.
• Disciples of Jesus have no shadows because they open up their lives.

1 John 1:5–10
• Open up your life.
Question: How do you live a victorious life?

1: Victory of surrender.
2 Chronicles 20:5–25
• He prayed to a God with power and might.
• It is good for you to lay out all of the struggles in your life.
• Let God fight the battle.
• God’s relationship with people is important.
Question: How do you know that you surrendered?
• It is your attitude that determines whether or not you surrendered.
• How did the Israelites respond to God fighting their battle?
i. They saw their enemy and saw their need.
ii. They submitted to spiritual leaders who called them back to that standard.
iii. They prayed openly about their situation but with faith.
iv. They worshipped the Lord – first priority.
v. They gathered the plunder.
vi. They praised the Lord.

2: Victory over sin.
Ephesians 4:17–24
• They became futile in their thinking.
• People need to be seeking God first.
• You can be victorious over sin.
• You need to be washed by God.
• Challenge: Write down your sin list and talk to someone about it.

Ephesians 5:1–8
• You have to evaluate your life.
• Any kind of immorality, including on-line impurity, is sinning against God.
• Seek out the Bible solution.

3: Victory in the battle for souls.
Matthew 28:18–20
• Jesus told them to obey every commandment.
Question: Are you victorious in the battle for souls?

1 Corinthians 15:1–11
Question: Is belief enough?
• Belief is not enough if you are not holding to the Word.
• Paul was trying to say that they ought to work.

1 Corinthians 15:50–58
• Your purpose/job is to win souls for Jesus.
• Be committed to the work of the Lord.
• Victory is yours.