Summary: Search for God and victory through problems.
VICTORY OVER SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS
Last week I told you victory is possible. Today, I want to teach you to get victory over problems.
The biggest problem facing America is not racism, corporate greed, the budget, environment factors or people being de-humanized by technology. The biggest problem is moral and spiritual decay.
George Gallup, the man who continually polls Americans says, “Our society is coming to the end
of its emotional resources.” He says when that happens, “It is inevitable that people will turn to God.” He says there is a search for spirituality.
1. Victory over spiritual laxity.
a. Spiritual victory is promised to every Christian over our old way of living. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 (quickview) ).
2. Victory over desire for things. God has promised to supply all of the needs of the Christian—not all of his desires.
3. Victory over ignorance.
a. There are many requirements of the Christian life that immature Christians do not know. This is because when we are born again, we are ignorant of God’s plan for our life. Yet, God has promised that He will guide the Christian. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:80 (quickview) ).
c. If we lack wisdom, we can ask God and He will give us wisdom, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6 (quickview) ).
4. Victory over discouragement.
a. Many Christians are defeated by their emotions. I have often said, “God cannot use a discouraged person.” Therefore, God wants us to be victorious over our depression so we can serve Him.
c. We are exhorted to “sorrow not even as others which have no hope. For if we believe Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him” (I Thessalonians 4:13-14 (quickview) ).
e. Sometimes our discouragement turns into anger. When we are angry, our outward frustration shows lack of trust in God. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31 (quickview) ).