Summary: Message about continually moving forward in the midst of the storms
KNOCKED DOWN BUT NEVER KNOCKED OUT
One of my favorite movies of all time is the movie “Rocky.”
The movie depicted the struggles of a club boxer who had raw but untapped skills.
During a championship fight, defeat appeared certain for Rocky.
Yet even though he was knocked down, he was never knocked out.
One of the lines he says in that movie is “I just want to go the distance” and in Hollywood fashion, he did.
Rocky knew the secret of victorious survival.
Like Rocky, Christians, too, are in a fight — a veritable knockdown, drag out with the opponent Satan.
Although we, at times, are knocked down, God’s Word assures us we are never knocked out.
Because of persecution, first-century Christians often fought diligently for physical and spiritual survival.
Such hardships caused them to wonder if their newfound faith would be defeated.
In Romans 8, Paul assured them that even though they may have been knocked down, they would never be knocked out.
By careful examination of this passage, we, too, can gain the assurance of knowing that victory is ours even in the most threatening situation.
Read Romans 8:31-39 / Pray
Trans: The first thing I want us to see is we are never knocked out because…
1. WE HAVE ULTIMATE POWER (v. 31).
Defeat comes when the enemy demonstrates superior power.
Paul offered ultimate assurance to the Roman Christians by reminding them that no enemy musters a greater power than the Almighty Power which they possessed.
He stimulated their thinking with the question in v. 31.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
The logical answer is that no one can defeat us because God is the ultimate power.
ILLUS: An old country preacher was challenged by a highly educated agnostic. The skeptic asked, “Why do you Christians constantly claim assurance of victory in the battle of eternity?”
The old preacher replied: “Well, Son, it says in the beginning of my Bible that God was in charge when time started up. Then I flips over to the end of my Bible and reads that God will be in charge when time runs down.
So I figure that twixt the beginning and twixt the end weren’t nobody else big enough to whoop ‘em.”
At times, we all feel like we’re fighting against powers which are too great to defeat.
How can we defeat a satanic power strong enough to wreck marriages, cripple moralities, or foster child abuse?
There is a power which can emerge victorious over any battle Satan may wage.
It is the Almighty, omnipotent, wonder-working power of our eternal God.
If God be for us, who indeed can be against us?
TRANS: We are never knocked out because…
2. WE HAVE AN UNLIMITED SUPPLY (v. 32).
Defeat is certain for the army whose supply line is cut off by the enemy.
Many armies have surrendered because of siege.
Paul reminded the Romans that they will never lose due to a lack of supply because God’s supply is unlimited.
V. 32 details God’s unlimited supply.
Vs. 32 He Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
The supply is unlimited because God gives “all things.”
Indeed, Paul can confidently assure his readers that they will never be defeated because of a lack of supply.
ILLUS: During the first-century destruction of Jerusalem, a group of Jewish zealots resisted the Roman armies by fortifying themselves on top of a mountain plateau called Masada.
Since the plateau walls were too steep to wage a conventional attack, the army laid siege to the mountain instead.
The siege continued for years without success.
The Jewish rebels were able to withstand the siege for seven years because they had established reservoirs and gardens which supplied food and water.
Often Satan attempts to defeat us by severing our spiritual supply.
Yet Paul reminds us in Phil 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
So when we need strength, we have the Almighty God.
When healing is needed, we have the Great Physician.
When authority is required, we have the King of Kings.
When peace is lacking, we have the Prince of peace.
The supply line from heaven is never blocked and the storehouse of heaven is never depleted.
Satan may try to knock us down but his attempts to seize us will never knock us out because we have an unlimited supply from an inexhaustible Lord.
TRANS: We are never knocked out because…
3. WE HAVE UNENDING FORGIVENESS (vv. 33-34).
Too many Christians have suffered defeat because guilt has paralyzed their efforts.