Summary: It doesn't matter so much about your past, though it may help or hinder someone else. Today is a matter in itself. But I need to be victorious from this point onward.

Valiant, Vicious, and Victorious

Romans 8:35-37

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (KJV)

35 ¿Quién nos separará del amor de Cristo? ¿Tribulación, o angustia, o persecución, o hambre, o desnudez, o peligro, o espada? (RVG04)

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (KJV)

36 Como está escrito: Por causa de ti somos muertos todo el tiempo; somos contados como ovejas de matadero. (RVG04)

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (KJV)

37 Antes, en todas estas cosas somos más que vencedores por medio de Aquél que nos amó. (RVG04)

I. A Valiant Past

Paul was one who gave it all for what he believed. Even when he believed wrong, he was a fanatic about it.

Valiant means bold in action. Whether for right or for wrong.

Acts. 22:4

4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. (KJV)

4 Y perseguí este Camino hasta la muerte, prendiendo y entregando en cárceles así hombres como mujeres; (RVG04)

1 Co. 15:9

9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (KJV)

9 Porque yo soy el más pequeño de los apóstoles, que no soy digno de ser llamado apóstol, porque perseguí la iglesia de Dios. (RVG04)

David was also valiant. In his youth, he performed valiant acts without fanfare or seeking favor.

1 Samuel 17:34

34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: {lamb: or, kid} (KJV)

34 Y David respondió a Saúl: Tu siervo era pastor de las ovejas de su padre, y cuando venía un león, o un oso, y tomaba algún cordero del rebaño, (RVG04)

The heroic and the horrific have a way of stimulating our passion. We love to hear of how others have pushed the limits and lived to tell about it. Their feats give us courage to make attempts that we otherwise would ignore or they make us cower in disgrace.

II. A Vicious Present

1 Tim. 4:1

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (KJV)

1 Pero el Espíritu dice expresamente que en los postreros tiempos algunos apostatarán de la fe, escuchando a espíritus engañadores y a doctrinas de demonios; (RVG04)

2 Tim. 3:1-5

1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (KJV)

1 Sabe también esto, que en los postreros días vendrán tiempos peligrosos. (RVG04)

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (KJV)

2 Porque habrá hombres amadores de sí mismos, avaros, vanagloriosos, soberbios, blasfemos, desobedientes a sus padres, malagradecidos, sin santidad, (RVG04)

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, {false...: or, one who foments strife} (KJV)

3 sin afecto natural, desleales, calumniadores, incontinentes, crueles, aborrecedores de los que son buenos, (RVG04)

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (KJV)

4 traidores, impulsivos, engreídos, amadores de placeres más que amadores de Dios; (RVG04)

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (KJV)

5 teniendo apariencia de piedad, mas negando la eficacia de ella; a éstos evita. (RVG04)

We are living in times like never before and facing things that mankind has not confronted before.

--modern technology taking over and changing the way we live and do things

--the real threat of nuclear warfare at the hands of madmen dictators

Isa. 5:20

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! } (KJV)

20 ¡Ay de los que a lo malo dicen bueno, y a lo bueno malo; que hacen de la luz tinieblas, y de las tinieblas luz; que ponen lo amargo por dulce, y lo dulce por amargo! (RVG04)

Don't act all surprised at what is going on around you. It is going to get worse before it gets better. Just don't get caught up in the middle of all of it.

1 Thes. 5:4

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (KJV)

4 Mas vosotros, hermanos, no estáis en tinieblas, para que aquel día os sorprenda como ladrón. (RVG04)

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