Sunday, April 19 ~Theme: Victorious Living!
Message Title: Relentless Victory
Message Focus: We need to develop the attitude that victory is already and always, ours!…handed to us by God!
See it is I who have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and produces a weapon fit for its purpose; I have also created the ravager to destroy. No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, says the Lord. Message Text: Isaiah 54:16-17 (NKJV)
→Message Aim: Our victory is challenged but it isn’t ever overturned
Thoughts about Relentless Victorious:
Start with the victory in mind
- Nothing can overpower our victory
- Nothing can separate us from God
- The Holy Spirit cannot be outsmarted
- Scripture talks about the once-and-for-all nature of Jesus’ sacrifice!
- Victory calls for victorious living! It anticipates the next victory and the need to be on “standby”
- Victory is omni-directional. In one fell swoop we are reacting to a current victory and preparing for the next.
- Shout and praise with the victory in mind
- God never loses…our victory is dependent upon our ability to hitch a ride with him.
1 Samuel 4:5-8 (NLT)
When the Israelites saw the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord coming into the camp, their shout of joy was so loud that it made the ground shake! "What's going on?" the Philistines asked. "What's all the shouting about in the Hebrew camp?" When they were told it was because the Ark of the Lord had arrived, 7they panicked. "The gods have come into their camp!" they cried. "This is a disaster! We have never had to face anything like this before! 8Who can save us from these mighty gods of Israel? They are the same gods who destroyed the Egyptians with plagues when Israel was in the wilderness.
as when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion. Isaiah 29:8 (NIV)
“All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Isaiah 41:11(NIV)
→What happens that we seem to lose the victory?
- Our desired outcome competes with God’s desired outcome (pos or neg)
- Our frame of mind that we know what’s best, actually gets us off center and offers wiggle room for the enemy to play with
- The enemy’s weapons hit us, but they don’t proser (fulfill it’s intended purpose)
→Questions to ponder:
- What does our victory look like to God? What’s the connection btw victory/witness?
- How many times does Scripture refer to Jesus as victorious BEFORE Jesus’ death/burial/resurrection?
- Why were those in Hebrews 11 referred to has heroes if they didn’t receive what they were looking for? (Because the acted the way God wanted them to.)
- Why do we confuse obedience and perfection? We don’t need to be perfect…just synced with God’s plan. (Not mystery if we’re instructed in what to do! Coaching example…)
- Israel was aware of the Covenant it had with God. This Covenant is why victory was assured…if they obeyed…and denounced… if they did not obey.
- (Is 54.17 reference to heritage:)
- This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.
- God’s servants are his sons~ He has provided an inheritance for them…
- God’s promises are their heritage for ever (Ps. 119:111); and their righteousness is of me…
- God will clear up the righteousness of their cause before men…for he will plead it.
Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. (Ps 119.111)