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Summary: The conquest for Faith, Patience, & Joy is won through Him that loved us

The Battle of Iwo Jima 35 days (February 19 – March 26, 1945), or Operation Detachment, capturing the two airfields The battle produced some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific Campaign of World War II.

The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 11 mi of underground tunnels The Americans had extensive naval and air support. The Japanese had more than 18,000 Japanese soldiers only 216 survived Japanese defeat was assured from the start. The Americans possessed an overwhelming superiority in arms and numbers 70,000 Americans — this, coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement, ensured that there was no plausible scenario in which the United States could have lost the battle. The American casualties exceeded the Japanese 26,000 Americans died

- Won the conquest at great lost of life

John Bunyan’s allegory “The Holy War: The Battle for Mansoul” is about the spiritual struggle for the human soul.

The righteous and honourable ruler Shaddai and his son Immanuel rule Mansoul with justice and equity. But the ruler of darkness - Prince Diabolus - has other plans. With his evil captains and their battalions Diabolus plots the fall and destruction of the once happy city. The first to fall is Captain Resistance as Diabolus knows that there is only one route into the city and that it can only be breached through the permission of the people of Mansoul itself. With Captain Resistance gone the city is laid open to Diabolic lies and the next to fall is Lord Innocency and then the city is lost.

- Diabolus won the conquest at the beginning of the story

- Rom 8 is in Battle terminology

- Battleground is the soul against it’s favorite lusts & gods

- Against the sin of the heart

- Who is the conqueror – “We”, those who believed in Christ’s

love to them, and who were possessed with love to Christ

The Conquest:

Of Faith

- Do we believe the Word or not?

Hebrews 11:1KJV

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Of Patience

Hebrews 6:12 & 15 KJV

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. …. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Of Joy

- Being robbed daily

1 Thessalonians 1:6KJV

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

James 1:2KJV

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

John 16:20KJV

Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

More Than Conqueror

- MORE = Additional, Abounding, Innumerable, Added

Matthew 6:25 & 30 KJV

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? …. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

- We resist, not only resist but also dominate, not only dominate but also a overwhelming victory by taking all spoils

- As a believer he can keep his ground; and also repel his enemies.

- He can do much more than that, He can win from them, as it were, honor, riches, territory, and renown.

- He can make them defray the cost of the campaign

- He can bind them to his own chariot wheels, and like the old Roman generals, ride this chariot threw the conquered territory.

- He can make his vanquished foes serve his interests, and heighten the glory of his renown

Through Him That Loved Us

- The ability to be “more than conqueror” is through him that loved us

— Our Faith is strengthened

— Our love is expanded

— Our experience is deepened

— Our knowledge is increased

- Fear not, then, the darkest cloud

- The angriest waves,

- The deepest wants

- Nor shrink from the battle with the “last enemy

- In these very things you shall, through Christ, prove triumphant

1 Corinthians 15:57KJV

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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