The Life of Victory Series Parts 1-3 | 8/16/17 PM

The Life of Victory Series

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Intro:  If there is one area of the Christian life that has been missed in the life of many believers, it is in this area of how to be victorious. Satan has effectively convinced many Christians that being defeated and beat down is just how it is. There is nothing quite as disheartening as watching the average Christian sing “Victory In Jesus” with a glazed over, punch-drunk look on their face.  There’s nothing quite as pitiful as a child of the King walking around like a homeless hobo, begging for crumbs from their Heavenly Father. If you think that it is God’s will and God’s plan for you to be defeated all the time, you don’t know anything about God; you don’t know anything about the Bible, and you don’t know anything at all about the Christian life.

 

Part I

The Existence of Life of Victory

Jesus said this – John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

DEFINITION OF ABUNDANTLY: exceeding some number or measure or rank or need

1a) over and above, more than is necessary, superadded

1a1) exceeding abundantly, supremely

1a2) something further, more, much more than all, more plainly

1b) superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon

1b1) pre-eminence, superiority, advantage, more eminent, more remarkable, more excellent

 

If Jesus came to give us life, and there’s no doubt He did, then why do we balk at the abundant life?

Nobody ever has a problem believing that Jesus came to bring us life, but they seem to have a problem that Jesus came that we might have A life – an abundant life.

Why are we OK believing that we can have ETERNAL life – by His grace and through Christ, yet we have such a difficult time believing that we can have an ABUNDANT life – a VICTORIOUS LIFE through Christ?

What does a LIFE OF VICTORY even mean?

The LIFE OF VICTORY is such a foreign concept to most Christians that I dare say many couldn’t even begin to describe what it is.

In our text, we find the word VICTORY.

It means: to utterly vanquish

Most Christians today instead of being an overcomer, they are overwhelmed.

Instead of being victorious, they have become victims.

Instead of being able to go on the offence and gain ground, they are on the defense and losing ground.

Does this seem like God’s plan for the child of God?

Does it seem logical to you that God would save us from bondage and chains, and then put us in another set of chains and bondage?

For the child of God, living the victorious life is not just possible, it is already available.

The fact that you or I are not living in victory is simply our failure to accept the victory we already have.

The concept of a victorious life is lost on most Christians, because they simply do not believe it exists.

What a LIFE OF VICTORY is NOT:

  • It is not a life without hardships.
  • It is not a life without pain.
  • It is not a life without burdens.
  • It is not a life without battles.
  • It is not a life without persecution.
  • It is not a life without disappointments.
  • It is not a life without opposition.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having hardships while experiencing contentment.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having pain and still having peace.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having burdens and still having an effective prayer life.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having battles but not with God, but with God’s help.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having persecution without losing your confidence.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having disappointments and still persevering.
  • The LIFE OF VICTORY is having opposition and still making progress.

The LIFE OF VICTORY means having control over your thoughts and imaginations.

The LIFE OF VICTORY means not being vulnerable to peer pressure.

The LIFE OF VICTORY means mending and repairing relationship issues rather than give up.

The LIFE OF VICTORY means loving people that don’t love you.

The LIFE OF VICTORY means keeping the right perspective of God in spite of your circumstances.

Here are just a few verses that tell us that we are already overcomers:

 

1.We can be victorious over the world

  • John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
  • 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

2. We can be victorious over the devil

  • 1 John 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

3. We can be victorious over sin

  • Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

4. We can be victorious over our flesh

  • Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

Conclusion: The key: It is not US. It is all through HIM!

  • 2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
  • Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

Part II

The Expectation of a Life of Victory

Intro: The problem with most Christians in this area of a Life of Victory is quite simply they expect to fail.  Victory is a foreign concept to them. Their thought patterns have become so warped by wrong thinking that they expect to fail.  Winning – overcoming – coming out on top is such an impossibility in their mind that they many times do not even ATTEMPT to be victorious.  They’d rather just give up and accept defeat before the battle even starts.

 

One thing I have learned as a Christian is this – if you expect to fail, you will.

  • QUOTE: Your attitude will determine your altitude. – Zig Ziglar

Notice throughout Scripture at the distinction between an expectation of defeat, and an expectation of victory.

 

1. The Twelve Spies – Ten expected failure, and two expected victory.

God’s expectation was made abundantly clear in Exodus 3

Look at: Numbers 13:30-14:1-4

  • The twelve spies all saw the exact same thing.
  • They saw the bounty and they saw the battles.
  • They saw the goodness and they saw the giants.
  • They saw the wonder and they saw the walled cities.
  • However, ten had no expectation of victory and two did.

Notice Rahab’s comments in Joshua 2:8, 9

Which two went in? Numbers 14:38

Notice God’s reaction – Numbers 14:22-31

The 10 that feared failure DIED that day by the plague.

2. The Armies of Israel and David

  • I Samuel 17:23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
  • 32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
  • 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

3. The Disciples and the Lad with the Lunch

  • John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

Here is a little boy that had some level of expectation.

His expectation not based on previous experiences; it was based on the reputation of Jesus.

The disciples, on the other hand, had seen him perform many miracles.

Instead of getting curious as to HOW Jesus would feed everybody, they had a defeated attitude.

They had no expectation of God’s miraculous power.

 

Part Three

The Expression of a Life of Victory

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I. Cooperation with your Lord

The most evident expression of a Life of Victory is a person that is submitted to Jesus Christ.

Submission and obedience to His leadership and His commandments will produce a life of victory.

Disobedience and rebellion will produce misery, defeat, guilt, unanswered prayer, lack of fellowship and death.

The victory that we have is a gift from God – through our Lord Jesus Christ.

When you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, it will eliminate the inner struggles and conflicts.

When you stop fighting against your Master and allow Him to lead and guide you, you will know true victory.

There’s no one as miserable as a child of God that is walking in disobedience and defiance.

 

II. Communication with your Lips

  • 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice Paul’s eagerness to proclaim to the world the joy of the victorious life.

Have you ever watched the fans at the end of a ballgame?

Can you tell by looking at them and listening to them which team won and which team lost?

Half the fans are laughing and shouting and joyful and the other half have long faces and have a look of disgust and are brokenhearted.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be able to tell which fans were victorious, and which ones were defeated.

Which one are you?

One of the best ways that you can express a life of victory is to share it.

Thank God for it.

  • 2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Smile and be a ray of sunshine instead of a cloud of doom and gloom.

Be positive instead of complaining and being negative and defeated about everything.

Sing about it.

Share what God has done in your life with others.

Be a blessing and an encouragement.

When was the last time you encouraged someone?

Is your communication reflecting a life of obedience and victory?

 

III. Contentment with your Lot

Victory is not contingent on your bank account or your personal assets.

Victory is not contingent on your health or physical condition.

Victory is not contingent on your popularity or your number of friends.

Victory is not contingent upon your circumstances.

  • Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Victory is being in the will of God and being satisfied.

Victory is knowing you are a child of God and that He cares about you.

Victory is facing temptation and choosing to obey God.

Victory is facing opposition and choosing to believe God.

Victory is facing persecution and choosing to stand with God.

Victory is a deep, settled peace that no matter what, God is there.

 

Illustration:

Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a lovely family — a wife, Anna, and five children. However, they were not strangers to tears and tragedy. Their young son died with pneumonia in 1871, and in that same year, much of their business was lost in the great Chicago fire. Yet, God in His mercy and kindness allowed the business to flourish once more.

On Nov. 21, 1873, the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe with 313 passengers on board. Among the passengers were Mrs. Spafford and their four daughters. Although Mr. Spafford had planned to go with his family, he found it necessary to stay in Chicago to help solve an unexpected business problem. He told his wife he would join her and their children in Europe a few days later. His plan was to take another ship.

About four days into the crossing of the Atlantic, the Ville du Harve collided with a powerful, iron-hulled Scottish ship, the Loch Earn. Suddenly, all of those on board were in grave danger. Anna hurriedly brought her four children to the deck. She knelt there with Annie, Margaret Lee, Bessie and Tanetta and prayed that God would spare them if that could be His will, or to make them willing to endure whatever awaited them. Within approximately 12 minutes, the Ville du Harve slipped beneath the dark waters of the Atlantic, carrying with it 226 of the passengers including the four Spafford children.

A sailor, rowing a small boat over the spot where the ship went down, spotted a woman floating on a piece of the wreckage. It was Anna, still alive. He pulled her into the boat and they were picked up by another large vessel which, nine days later, landed them in Cardiff, Wales. From there she wired her husband a message which began, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Mr. Spafford later framed the telegram and placed it in his office.

Another of the ship’s survivors, Pastor Weiss, later recalled Anna saying, “God gave me four daughters. Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.”

Mr. Spafford booked passage on the next available ship and left to join his grieving wife. With the ship about four days out, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and told him they were over the place where his children went down. He penned down the words to this song.

 

It Is Well With My Soul

Verse 1

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well, with my soul

Verse 2

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul

Chorus

It is well

With my soul

It is well, it is well with my soul