Summary: As Christians, we must realize that no matter what we go through and face in life concerning the enemy, that ultimately we as believers will have ultimate victory through Jesus Christ...
-One of the ways the enemy tries to attack us is by giving us a spirit of defeat, and of hopelessness and powerlessness.
-Truth be told though, God has given us power over the enemy AND the ultimate victory!
-So how do we claim the power and ultimate victory God has given us??
II. Body: 3 ways to claim victory over the enemy:
A.) Recognize who your true strength is.
-"The Lord is my strength & my redeemer."
-"They who trust in the Lord shall renew thier strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.
-God is the true source of your strength!
-We have to recognize this in order to tap into his power!
B.) You have to utilize the power God has given you.
-God has given you power over the enemy!
-You have to talk back to the devil!
-The same power Jesus had over the enemy has been imparted to us by the holy spirit!
-We have to begin to live empowered lives!
-How can I talk back to the enemy?
a.) By using the word:
b.) Case in point:Matt. 4:1-11
-Jesus was tempted.
-He refuted the enemy with the word!
1.) devil said: "Tell stones to become bread."
Jesus said: "Man does not live by bread alone..."
2.) devil said: "Throw yourself down."
Jesus said: "Do not test the spirit."
3.) devil said: "Bow down and worship me."
Jesus said: "Worship the Lord your God only."
-The devil CAN’T STAND the truth!! The truth is the word!!
-You have to talk back to the enemy! (Elaborate.)
-Take hold of the power God has given you.
C.) Realize that we have the ULTIMATE victory through Jesus Christ!
-God has the ultimate victory & last laugh!
III. Preach the text:
-Set up story of text.
-Encourage & exhort the people of God that no matter what they go through God has the last laugh!
-Recap major points.