Summary: The greatest snare the enemy uses is in the area of preventing/denying the truth. Our faith, battle strategy are all based upon 3 unchanging biblical & spiritual foundations. The finished work of Christ. The believers union with Christ. The present wo
Foundations of Victory (Nov. 30th 2011)
3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.2 Tim 2:3-4 (NASB)
A The text describes every Christian as a soldier at war.
1 Already won, already overcame & to enjoy that victory our battle plans must rest on the solid foundation which is God’s word.
a The greatest snare the enemy uses is in the area of preventing/denying the truth.
b Our faith, battle strategy are all based upon 3 unchanging biblical & spiritual foundations.
aa The finished work of Christ.
bb The believers union with Christ.
cc The present work of the Spirit of Christ in the believer.
I The foundation of the finished work of Christ.
A Everything we enjoy in the realm of the Spirit is based on the fact that Jesus, God with flesh, invaded our demon infested world & brought victory through His death, burial, & resurrection.
1 38 "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.Acts 10:38 (NASB)
a How did God win the victory? (39 "We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross .40 "God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, Acts 10:39-40 (NASB))
b One of the most crippling loses that has happened to the church, pulpits is we’ve stopped teaching on the demonic & their only defeat is through the cross.
aa Darwinism/freud banished the divine.
bb Also banished the demonic.
2 We’ve sent generations out unaware of the invisible forces that disrupts their life.
B On Calvary Jesus did at least 4 things to assure victory.
1 He settled the sin question.
a 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5
1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NASB)
b Our sinless substitute, Jesus, died on the cross One Time to cancel our sin & remove the devil’s right to accuse us.
2 He came to make us acceptable
a 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Eph 1:6-7 (NASB)
b You now have eternal significance.
3 He came to conquer Satan
a 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Col 1:13 (NASB) ;
15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Col 2:15 (NASB) ;
14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. Heb 2:14-15 (NASB) ;
8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 (NASB)
b The devil is defeated!
aa Every demonic power & principality between the resurrection & rapture are tied to a rope, free enough to break, snap, but nevertheless bound.
bb The world’s aweful need is less than Christ’s aweful victory.
c We will always fight from a foundation of a victory already won.
d (Rom. 5.12 - 21) Christ came to cancel everything we inherited from the first Adam.
aa In the Garden, Satan store the life God gave them & put death as King of the earth.
bb A “second Adam” broke these principalities.
17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 (NASB)