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“WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US” ROM 8:37

“JESUS OUR SAVIOR HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD”

Intro.

1.     Conquering heroes are honored with praise, power, privilege.  We benefit from heroic efforts of the past & present.

2.     There is no greater struggle for men’s freedom nor a more glorious Conqueror than Jesus’ victory over sin & death & His exaltation on high – Rev. 12:7-10.

    a.     “There are no victories at discount prices.”  (Gen. D. Eisenhower)

    b.     Christ’s victory won at great cost – Jno. 12:27-33 (Heb. 2:14-15).

3.     At great cost Jesus has “overcome the world” so you and I may live free!  Jno. 16:33

 

I.  JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLDJno. 16:33.

    A.    He Has Overcome Satan 1 Jno. 3:8; cf. Rev. 12:8-9.

        1.     Satan’s power to hold men in fear & tempt us to yield to the flesh is not insurmountable – Christ has defeated Him!

        2.     By His crucifixion He “cast out” Satan (destroyed his power base) – Jno. 12:27-31; cf. Heb. 2:14-15.

    B.     He Has Overcome Sin.

        1.     In His death He bore the penalty of our sin (death) – 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 2 Pet. 2:23-24 (Isa. 53:4-6).

        2.     He “condemned sin in the flesh”Rom. 8:3 (1-4). 

            a.     By His sinless life, Jesus showed that the failure of the law to give life was not with God’s law, but with man weakness of flesh (Rom. 8:3; Heb. 4:15).

            b.     By His death, He condemned sin that dwells in man’s flesh (8:3).

        3.     Jesus overcame sin in His life & by His death!

    C.    He Has Overcome Death Jno. 11:25-26.

        1.     Physical death, in His resurrection – 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:20.

        2.     Spiritual death, because he saves from sin – 11:26; Rom. 6:21-23.

        3.     In Christ we are “free from the law of sin and death” Rom. 8:1-2.

    D.    He Has Overcome the Darkness of Ignorance & ErrorJno. 1:4-5.

        1.     Lk. 2:29-32 – A light bringing salvation to the nations (Matt. 4:16).

        2.     Jno. 8:12 – Light of the world to escape darkness (9:5).

        3.     Jno. 14:6 – The Way & Truth who is the path to God!

    E.     He Continues to Overcome Every False Doctrine 1 Jno. 4:1-4.

        1.     False teachers with their false doctrines (those who teach error are against Christ, 4:3) fall before Christ.

        2.     He is mightier than they! – 4:4-6 (Gal. 1:8-9)

 

II.    OUR FAITH IN JESUS OVERCOMES THE WORLD1 Jno. 5:4.

    A.    By Our Faith in Christ, We Share in Christ’s Victories! – Rev. 12:10

    B.     When We Live by Faith, We Overcome (Rev. 12:11):

        1.     By the blood of the Lamb Eph. 1:7.

            –Overcome sin & deathRom. 6:1-3; Acts 22:16 – Believe & be baptized – Saved by His blood!

        2.     By the word of their testimony – cf. Rev. 12:17; 14:12.

            a.     Word of the gospel – Acts 2:40; 20:20-21, 24, 32.

            b.     Overcome Satan by the word of God! – 1 Jno. 2:13-14.

            c.     Overcome darkness & error when we believe & walk in His light of truth! – Jno. 12:35-36

            d.    Overcome every false teaching 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (Eph. 6:17).

        3.     By self-denial Matt. 16:25; cf. Rom. 8:35-39.

            a.     Rev. 12:17 – The battle rages & we must deny & endure – 2 Tim. 2:3-4.        

            b.     Eph. 6:13 – Clothed in His armor, we stand!

        4.     Rev. 12:12 – Rejoice in the victory of Christ!  (Rev. 17:14)

 

Conclusion

1.     Victory over Satan, sin & death is through Christ – 1 Cor. 15:50-57.

2.     Rev. 3:20-21; 21:7 – Hear & obey Him!  He who overcomes shall inherit all things!

3.     To the victor goes the spoils!  Will you share in victory or defeat?

 
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THE “god” OF THIS WORLD HAS BLINDED THE MINDS OF….!! II COR 4:4

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SATAN’S INFLUENCE!!

Intro.

1. Without God’s word, man would be lost without a compass and drowning without a lifeline! (Jer. 10:23) Psa. 119:57-64

2. In our conflict with the devil we have been given the sword of the Spirit, Eph. 6:17 (2 Cor. 10:3-5); Heb. 4:12.

3. Satan is faced with the problem of what to do about the word of God. Consider what he has done and what he will do (2 Cor. 2:11)…

I. DENY AND DOUBT IT, Gen. 3:1-6.

A.  Denial and Doubt Lead to Disobedience.

1.  Deny its warnings of sin, its plan of salvation, its rebukes of error, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; cf. Acts 13:44-45.

2.  Deny its inspiration, its accuracy and its relevance.

3.  Doubt its commands, promises and warnings.

4.  By uniting the word of God with faith, Satan’s scheme will fail in your life! Heb. 4:2

II. TRY TO GET YOU TO “LOSE” IT, 2 Kgs. 22:8, 11, 13.

A.  Through Worldliness.

1.  cf. 55 yrs. under Manasseh, 2 Kgs. 21:9.

2.  Person steeped in worldliness has little use for the word of God because it condemns his lifestyle, Jno. 3:19-21; Gal. 5:19-21.

B.  Through Compromise, cf. Rev. 2:14-16.

1.  Compromising with religious error and immorality of the world causes God’s word to be “lost” in people’s lives.

2.  The word of God destroys compromises, Rev. 2:16.

C.  Through Neglect, 2 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 5:11-12; 2 Pet. 3:16-18.

1.  Without reading, studying, meditating – Will not obey it!

2.  Word of God is also neglected in the pulpit and in Bible classes; in decisions (personal, family, business and recreational).

III. MAKE IT VOID THROUGH THE TRADITIONS OF MEN, Matt. 15:1-9.

A.  By Convincing us that our Opinions are Equal to God’s Will, Col. 2:8, 20-23; 3:16; Gal. 1:8-9.

B.  By False Teachers, 2 Pet. 2:1-2 (Matt. 7:15-16).

1.  Test everything! 1 Jno. 4:1, 6; 1 Ths. 5:21-22; Acts 17:11

2.  Accept truth and reject error, 1 Ths. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:13.

3.  False teachers not only introduce error, they may also leave out what ought to be taught, cf. Acts 20:20, 27.

a.  Men-pleasers teach what people want, not what they need (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

b.  What kind of teacher are you content with?

IV. CROWD IT OUT OF OUR LIVES, Lk. 8:14.

A.  Through the Cares of the World, Materialism and Desiring Other Things (Mk. 4:19).

1.  Priorities and desires set our pattern of how we use (or fail to use) the word of God, Lk. 8:14.

2.  Our lives ought to revolve around God’s word, Deut. 6:6-9.

3.  We get so busy with everything but God’s word. Stewardship of our time (priorities, things that last), Matt. 6:33.

B.  Through a Hardened Heart, Matt. 13:13-15 (cf. 13:19, 23).

C.  Through Hypocrisy: “Say and Do Not”, Matt. 23:2-3; Lk. 6:46; Jas. 2:14.

Conclusion

1.  The devil wants people to think the word of God is a dead letter:

a.  That is what the lives of many “believers” convey!

b.  Yet: Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:22-25.

2.  Through the power of the Lord you can defeat Satan by never: denying and doubting God’s word, “losing” it; making it void through error, or crowding it out of your life.

 
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