February 24, 2016

VICTORY OVER THE CHRISTIAN'S THREE ENEMIES...


        VICTORY OVER THE CHRISTIAN’S THREE ENEMIES


JESUS CHRIST is the believer’s victory over sin, death and hell! This victory belongs in its entirety to the believer at the point of salvation. Judicially at salvation we are cleared of our sin, death becomes the doorway to heaven, and hell is replaced by the eternal hope of heaven. But, in the believer’s day to day living, three enemies war against the soul. These are THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL. Hour by hour and day by day, by God’s grace, the Christian can experience victory. However, we must read His Word and learn HOW!  The Scriptures give us important WATCHWORDS (FAITH, FLEE AND FIGHT) pinpointing the HOW of experience by experience triumph.

1.   VICTORY OVER THE WORLD COMES BY FAITH (1 John 5:4,5)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5)

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus; Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

 BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATION: The Apostle Paul instructs us to seek that which is only seen by faith. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)  AND WHAT ARE THOSE “THINGS”? VV. 12-14 tell us: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”

2.   VICTORY OVER THE FLESH COMES WHEN WE FLEE (1 Corinthians 6:18; 2 Timothy 2:22)

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”  (2 Timothy 2:22)

The "flesh" is the sinful self. It is the sin principle within. Paul said, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing..." (Romans 7:18).  ME=MY FLESH

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATION: When Joseph fled from his master’s wife: And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. 13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth.” (Genesis 39:12-13)

3.   VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL NECESSITATES A FIGHT (James 4:7,8; 1 Peter 5:8,9)

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”  (James 4:7-8)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”  (1 Peter 5:8-9)

"THE FAITH = "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). We must study to show ourselves approved and learned in our doctrines, let alone the Holy Scriptures, to be able to ward off the attacks of the Devil and all antagonists. 

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATION: When Jesus, being tempted, turned away the Devil, by use of Scripture: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:1-4, cf vv. 7, 10)

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“God has not called us to fumble through life.” – Stephen Olford
“There can be no victory where there is no combat.” – Richard Sibbes
“The more anyone excels in grace, the more he ought to be afraid of falling.” – John Calvin
“God wants us to be victors, not victims; to grow, not grovel; to soar, not sink; to overcome, not be overwhelmed.” – William A. Ward