Summary: A sermon about christian warfare with Satan.
NEARLY KNOCKED DOWN
BUT NEVER KNOCKED OUT
INTRO: Recently I watched the movie “Rocky.” The movie depicted the struggles of an up-and-coming boxer. During a championship fight, defeat appeared certain for Rocky. Yet even though he was nearly knocked down, he was never knocked out. Rocky knew the secret of victorious survival.
Like Rocky, Christians, too, are in a fight — a veritable knockdown, drag out with Satan. Although we, at times, are nearly 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 (quickview) , Paul assured them that even though they may have been nearly 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 threatining situation.
I. WE ARE NEVER KNOCKED OUT BECAUSE 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. 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?
II. WE ARE NEVER KNOCKED OUT BECAUSE WE HAVE 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. 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 Massada.
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.