Sunday Morning Podcast September 25, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 1 JOHN 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
There is a victory that doesn’t come from our own mind, or mere religion, but in Christ. If God is your victory, you won’t be the only one who sees it. God’s people will also witness it. God promise of victory will come from living a holy life, after repenting and turning away from sin. It’s not a promise that mere religion possesses. Religion can talk about “victory”, but if they can still go out with their ungodly habits, and the sinful ways that got them into so much trouble in the first place, it is not genuine. We must stay with what God has shown us, otherwise we just “make up” our own church, and that would be pointless. Our victory must be God controlled, or we will only have chaos.
Victory is what happens when there is a contest of strength between two opposing sides, and one overcomes the other. When there are two armies, on a battlefield against each other, one will overcome in victory. The enemy’s strength is fought through the world, it’s ways, attitudes, and etc. One must never think “they have it all figured out,” which does not allow God to be their strength. Self sufficiency forfeits any potential victory. There are always things, that you won’t understand. One must acknowledge that in order to allow Christ to be their commander, leader, and victory. Whose side are we on? The enemy will always oppose fighting with God against sin. God’s army fights with holiness. There’s a battle going on! The enemy with strength opposes all wanting to go to heaven, that live with respect, honor, truth, and honesty. Christians will live and demonstrate it.
To have victory, you must know 1) who the enemy is, 2) what he’s trying to accomplish, and, 3) what tactics he uses. Many folks think they know who the enemy is, but too often they “get the wrong one.” Who are we fighting against? It’s not “flesh and blood,” but spiritual wickedness in “high places,” (Ephesians 6:12), or otherwise known as in our mind. Our enemy is not our family, friends, or church, but the enemy of our soul, ..is Satan. If we are following our own ideas and ways, Christ cannot be our commander. How do I know if I’m following Him? By the way I live. If there’s sin in our life, we are not following Jesus Christ. In “the din” of life’s battles, we need to listen clearly to what our Savior asks of us. It is the only way Satan can be defeated.
Jesus our captain is going through the battlefield to encourage us, that He is leading. Satan on the other hand, is attempting to suck the very life spiritually out of us, little by little to wear us down. We need to know and understand his tactics. We need to be determined not to give into it. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Satan uses subtle strategies that you won’t easily notice. What am I fighting? Sin. I must stay on the battlefield against sin to not return to it. The victory that Christ offers, is complete deliverance!
Do we have true victory in Christ? He has it for us!