Understanding Our Victory

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Victory in Christ is not a once-and-for-all event. It is a continual process that we must continually work to maintain. Victory is God's complete and final victory over sin, death, and the world (1 Corinthians 15:55). This victory is available to all who follow Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37-39), who died on the cross as our substitute and rose again on the third day with all power restored (Colossians 1:18-20). Learn how to implement this with the message - Understanding Our Victory

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Spirit Wars

Today I want to wrap up this series on Spirit Wars.
The only way to wrap this up is to remind us who wins
In fact the battle is already over and Christ has given us the victory.
God has given us so many verses on this fact it imperitive to remind us of the outcome
It can be very easy to feel like you are loosing in life,
But the truth is we have the complete victory because of what Jesus did on the Cross
Just like on the cross there are times when you think the enemy has won.
but please know Jesus hasn’t stop writting your story
At Calvary, Jesus died and satan received an imagined victory.
But that was neither the beginning nor the end of the story
satan thought he had bested the Son of God and was, thus, at the pinnacle of his pride.
satan’s pride seems to be his most notable attribute and is the common theme held throughout Scripture.
At Golgotha, it seemed the curtains were closing on our humble little story from Bethlehem.
In actuality, satan who was at his weakest point.
While Jesus’s broken body hung lifeless, surely all of satan’s army were jubilant, uproarious, and inebriated on their imagined power,
but they could not have been more defeated in that moment.
Colossians 2:13–15 NASB95
13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Forgiven us “all” our transgressions

past present and future
Romans 6:15–17 NASB95
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
this change in motivation actually enables us to live a righteous life
We refrain from sinning not because we’re afraid of an angry vengefilled God
.....legalistic Spirit of judgment
But rather we allow God Love for us to direct our actions
You don’t cheat on you spouse out of fear of getting caught
but rather you don’t cheat because your love for them guides you to not wanting to hurt them
This is a type so we can understand God’s love for us.
We don’t resist sin out of a fear of judgment
but rather a overriding Love that pevents us from wanting to hurt God and oursleves.

disarmed the rulers and authorities

having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us
satan has no record of debt with which to accuse us.
Jesus snatched satan’s means of accusation right off his forked tongue.
This is the primary way he was disarmed.
The repentant sinner’s record, then, is erased.
It seems satan’s strategy was to accuse and damn by means of a guilty record,
but through the substitutionary and atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus, there is now no record with which to charge.
Psalm 103:12 NASB95
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Hebrews 8:12 NASB95
12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.”

He made a public display of them

The language used describes a parade.
Jesus ‘made a spectacle’ of satan by defeating him on the cross and at the tomb.
satan was rendered powerless, and then becomes something of a cosmic joke.
He was showcased in the theater of God before his own rebel entourage and before the angels of heaven.

triumphed over them through Him

Notice the “them” implies plurality.
satan is not acting in isolation but seems to have an organized, mobilized, rebel army, a hierarchy.
when Jesus looked to be at His weakest, He was actually putting on invincibility.
Three days after his death, An angel moved the stone of the enclosed tomb outside Jerusalem.
On Friday, satan surely heckled, hissed, and laughed while hovering over the blood-bespattered carcass of our Lord.
He never saw it coming.
On Sunday, Jesus arose with an indestructible life.
In that moment, Jesus evidenced His Father’s verdict of satisfaction.
He procured a deliverance for His people so rich, so stunning that even the angels could not heretofore comprehend its immensity.
It was a plot twist so beautiful that it satisfied millennia worth of anticipation
1 Peter 1:12 NASB95
12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.
1 John 4:4 NASB95
4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
1 John 3:20 NASB95
20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
Hebrews 13:6 NASB95
6 so that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”
Deuteronomy 20:4 NASB95
4 for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
Romans 8:1–39 NASB95
1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Isaiah 55:11 NASB95
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Revelation 12:7–12 NASB95
7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12 “For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”
We overcome the enemy by

the blood of the lamb

Ephesians 1:7–8 NASB95
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight
Because Jesus has dealt with sin, in one sense the war is over
the battle will continue until the end of time.
How do we overcome the enemy.....

Speak God’s truth

word of their testimony

So we are called to be victorious by our testimony.
By our words and lives we must consistently declare the truth that Jesus is Lord.
1 Peter 2:9 NASB95
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Our identity, the fact that we belong empowers us to proclaim the exellencies of God
Proverbs 18:21 NASB95
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
We need to be able to speak
I have felt the enemy greatest attacks against me over the last 2 years is to silence my voice
whether it’s on social media on in my relationships
to enemy wants to silence me
that’s not going to happen.
Speak out your testimony
not just how God saved you
but what he accomplishes for you every day.
tell anyone....tell everyone
The enemy may get in a few shots but the Victory is ours
2 Corinthians 4:7–11 NASB95
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Paul's main point is that he and his friends did not proclaim themselves or carry the message in their own power.
They proclaimed Christ in their weakness and suffering to show His power in and through them.
Life on earth won’t always be easy.
In fact, we must be willing to sacrifice our lives, even as Jesus did.
Yet, even in the face of death we can have hope, for we know that Jesus has defeated our final enemy, death itself:
1 Corinthians 15:55–57 NASB95
55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We don’t need to be afraid of death or any effort of the enemy
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