Summary: How to have victory in your faith walk.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
To start today’s message I’m going to make a statement that I hope that you agree with but whether you do or not it is still true. “We live in one of the most spiritually anemic times in the history of the church.” What do I mean by the phrase spiritually anemic? I mean that there are not many professing Christians who are living in victory today! You can see this in several areas of life. For instance, does it seem to you that the church seems to be helpless in stemming the tide of ungodliness around us, that the battle for the great moral and spiritual issues of the day is being won by the forces of darkness and evil? There doesn’t seem to be any power in our pulpits or our pews? That it seems that Satan is thumbing his nose at God and the church? All of this is true and sadly, much more. The question for us is why more professing Christians don’t have the victory? Our text indicates that those who are “…born of God…” overcome the world and that we achieve this “…victory…” through faith. But what kind of faith are we talking about? I want to share three thoughts concerning the kind of faith that makes us the victor instead of the vanquished.
Introduction: What is an overcoming faith? Definition:
Overcome: From the Greek word nikao meaning to mightily prevail over, to master, to be victorious. We have a choice in every situation to either be a victor or to be vanquished. Too many believers are failing to experience consistent victory over their anger, fear and self-centered responses to adversity.
Jesus wants us to experience His life in all of its abundance, but too many Christians today are allowing themselves to be defeated by the world, the flesh and the devil.
I. Overcoming faith involves an adoring worship
A. Adoring worship begins by acknowledging what we are in Christ - past
Praise God for what we already have in Christ.
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
B. Adoring worship begins by appropriating what we have in Christ - present
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Paul Fritz writes that: Jesus said, "I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18 All the force of the Almighty God will give you the victory over any oppositionary forces that seek to thwart the completion of God’s forward marching armies.
C. Adoring worship begins by anticipating what we will become in Christ - prospects
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
II. Overcoming faith involves an adventurous walk
No exemplifies this more than Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
A. Believed an unrealized promise he had never seen – “…after receive for an inheritance…”
B. Obeyed the voice of a God he had never seen – “…called to go out…”
C. Looked for a city built by God that he had never seen – “…he looked for a city…”
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
III. Overcoming faith involves an active work
James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?