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Victory—His is Mine

As He is, So are we…

April 15, 2007

Pastor Michael Mehring

Full Gospel Church

Victory

Open your Bibles to first John chapter 5 beginning with verse four and five

1 John 5:4-5 (NKJV)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The victory is ours

Victory was bought for us when Jesus Christ rose from the dead

He defeated our greatest enemy Satan

He removed her greatest fear but fear of death and eternal separation from God

He conquered the greatest enemy of all death itself

in defeating death, and in a hell and the grave

He gave us eternal victory

When we realize that ---

it translates into daily victory concerning everything that concerns us

everywhere we go

everywhere a we live

and he and his whatever were concerned with

if he conquered that which was greatest against us

the greatest foe

the greatest adversary

the greatest enemy

if he conquered it and gave us the victory

then all this other stuff is only peanuts

 compared to what is already done

we need the revelation of walking in victory over the world,  the flesh, and the devil to get inside of us

say it with me

I'm going to receive the revelation of Christ's victory

that He gave to me

this victory is wrapped up in our salvation

in the forgiveness of our sins

you ask ---well what does this mean to me?

--it means if you're battling depression could have victory over it

--if you're battling disease you could have victory over it

--if you're battling an issue in your home or family or job of  strife you   

   can have victory over it

this is a just a theological truth that we put on the shelf

and only pull out randomly when we come into a church service

I'm talking about what you're facing paying your bills--- there's victory

     the negotiation you have been in a job situation--- there’s victory

          when you are in a position of stress  or maybe legal entanglements

there is victory for you

What's going on inside of your being

battling things in your own self ----          there is victory for you

.

victory means you win you overcome

it means in God's definition we fulfill His plan totally

that we do is called us to do

Now -- let's lay the foundation

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.

whatever is born of God overcomes the world

how many of you are born again by the blood of Jesus Christ?

whatever is born of God overcomes the world

    So insert your name

___________ I am a world overcomer because I have been born of God

                               when I was born again --- I was born to win

                                                    GLORY

                  say ------ you're not a born-again loser

                            God didn't birth any losers

When Christ gave you eternal life      

He imparted the spirit of victory inside of you

It is the nature and the essence of God himself

He is triumphant

He is all-mighty God

He’s never lost

and He lives on the inside of us

we’re His children

we’re heirs of God

and we’re joint heirs of Jesus Christ

whatever he inherited we have also inherited

I'm a born-again winner

Identity

Idenity is everything

We’re talking about who you identify with

in your life

in your thinking

who do you see yourself as

what someone labels you as--as a child

what was in your family tree

what the world categorizes you as

what in your own thinking you have called yourself

      

So often when bad things happen

    people throw labels on themselves

or other people label them as failures

just because you have an incident or problem

---- it does not change your nature

Identify with who God made you to be

When you are born of God -----

you changed natures

you changed parents

you changed families

you changed family trees

you changed heritages

you changed inheritances

Victory Realized

1 John 5:4b

And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

So where is the victory ---------------- it's in your faith

if you of little faith -------  then you have little victory

if you have no faith-------  then you have no victory

if you have great faith ---- then you have great victory

great faith means great victory

Faith is what connects us with all God has done

The spirit of faith is---

I believe and therefore I speak

Faith without works is dead

Faith Works by love

Let's put that all together

Faith involves believing, speaking, and doing

Faith means --

That we believe what God says

that we say what God says

that we do what God says

out of the motive of love for him and love for others

Our faith in what God has spoken is the victory that overcomes the world

that's what the Word of God is so important

it's your most important document

this is your Emancipation Proclamation document

this is the constitution ---- on which we stand

Isaiah says “the government is upon his shoulders”

                             And the Word of God is the Constitution

                             The rules of order of the Kingdom

we are citizens of his kingdom

we are ambassadors in that kingdom

                   We live TODAY in that kingdom!

You have to understand that kingdom and how to operate it

the Constitution is in the Scriptures

it is the truth of what God says that is revealed in the word

                             it is the order of our living

So when you read it the Word, and speak the word, and meditate on it,  and do it, the level of your faith increases

If you want to increase the level of your faith,

then increase the level of the word in your life

Increase your level of reading

increase your level of speaking

increase your level of meditating on

increase your level of doing

and you will increase your level of faith

It is time to raise your Word level

Get into personal Bible school   

Sam and Cody are going to Bible School

                 What about you??

You need an ordered discipline plan that is going to raise your word level

Your victory level is connected to your faith level

                    and your faith level is connected to your word level

Victory WHO?

1 John 5:5 (NKJV)

5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Every believer is a world overcomer

I want to awaken the victory giant that is on the inside of you

the conqueror that lives within you

John asked the question----

“who is he that overcomes the world?”

            The answer

               He who believes that Jesus is the son of God

That's being born-again

every born-again believer has resident victory inside of your life

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory --

Through who? 

                      through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We're not talking about you winning apart from God

We’re talking about the victory that is in Christ

by Him-- through Him-- for Him-- and onto Him

 He gets all the glory     

and whatever you do

whatever area you conquer

whatever area triumph in

whatever area you succeed in

you’re able to point and say

                                         It's Jesus that causes me to win
                                            It's He that gave me the victory

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

Now thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ,

Say ----He always causes me to triumph

so how often is always

always still always

does that include Monday morning

how about when you're tired

Are we going to always triumph?

He always causes us to triumph and

He makes manifest or reveals the savor of his knowledge through us everywhere we go

In other words

   God wants to demonstrate his glory in victory through our lives

He wants to make it manifest  --- or to reveal

He is literally going to make you his billboard in the Earth

you are God's greatest advertising

people look at the Sunset and say wow – isn’t that great---

but when they look at your life transformed victorious

and you're then able to speak out

and tell them it's God that did this

     you are living witness for the resurrection power of Jesus Christ

Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

this is speaking about believers who love God even more than life itself

who are surrendered totally

     

they overcame the enemy the Devil by the blood of the Lamb

in order for us to overcome the Devil ---

and as it says in verse 10 that he is  the accuser of the brother and he accuses them day and night

he doesn't stop his accusations

The only way for us to overcome is that we go back to the blood of Jesus

We remember again the blood of Jesus

      but even when were not taking communion

          we need to remember the power of the blood of Jesus in our lives

where ever you are----- you can remember the blood of Jesus

it is the blood that cleanses us from our sins

it is the blood that purchased us out of sin and Satan's authority

it is the blood that stands against him so that no weapon formed against you can prosper

 there's power in the blood

there is a bloodline that is drawn between you and Satan and he cannot cross it

We need to declare the blood of Jesus

This simply means to say---

I declare the power of the blood of Jesus over my home

Begin to do that right now ---

I declare the power of the blood of Jesus over my home

I declare the power of the blood of Jesus over my family

I declare the power of the blood of Jesus over my job

I declare the power of the blood of Jesus over my situation

I declare the power of the blood of Jesus over my church

You need to declare the power of the blood

Lord Jesus I thank you for the power of the blood because it forgives my sins---  it causes us to be delivered from all of Satan's authority

Lord we thank you that by your blood you have protected us from every assault every assignment ---every curse and attack of the enemy

he cannot cross the bloodline

         by the blood of Jesus we are legally freed from Satan's dominion

when Jesus gave his blood of the cross

he legally paid for sins

he brought us out of the place of the curse of bondage to sin and darkness where Satan rules

so now when Satan tries to put on you what he used to put on you in the darkness

we need to declare the power of the blood

that those things must stay away from us

there's power in the blood

there's power in the blood

Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb

             and by the word of their testimony,

Now you must speak testify           you must speak the Word

The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever

let the redeemed of the Lord say so

OK what did he say we are to say

The Lord is good at is mercy endures forever

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so

we should declare his goodness all the time

Lord your good--your mercy endures forever

Joel says ---

“let the weak say I am strong”

that doesn't mean going around and saying ----

I am the weak saying I guess I'm strong

it means just simply saying I am strong in Christ

        I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Jesus gave us an example three times in Matthew chapter 4

He said to the devil--- it is written-- it is written-- it is written

The Word of God is a sword according to Ephesians 6 in the armor

 there's one offensive weapon

That happens to be the Word of God in your mouth

If your are going to walk in victory

you have kept the word on your lips

declaring what God says

when you say what God says –

      when you say to the devil I’m ----  

                 “forgiven given by the blood of Jesus Christ”

    It is the same as if the Lord Jesus is speaking it right into Satan

I want you to think about that moment

if you've been born-again and your spirit is alive in Him

and His spirit is on the inside of you

if you been washed in his blood

whose nature is inside of you?

If you’ve got on his righteousness whose righteousness is it?

If you’ve got on the helmet of salvation whose salvation is it?

Paul said this armor --- it is the armor of God

you got on His breastplate                         it is His righteousness

you've got His belt                                      it is His truth

you’ve got His shoes                                  it is His peace

you've got His helmet                                 it is His salvation

you’ve got His sword in your hand          it is His Word

When you speak that word--

 just drop the helmet faceplate down

and it sounds just like Jesus to the Devil

why

Because His spirit – his nature is on the inside of you

and all that's come out is His Word from your lips

“as he is so are we in this world”

why

Greater is he that is in you and then he that's in the world

1 John 4:2-4 (NKJV)

2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

 

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Jesus said don't be afraid I have overcome the world

John 16:33 NKJV

  "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

1 John 4.17

as he is so are we in this world

 we are overcomers

You were not born (again) for ---

Defeat—disaster—depression—discouragement—distress—disease   

you were born of God for triumph

 you were born of God for victory

  WHY?

       because ---------

when you've been set free         you can bring freedom to others

when you been delivered          you can bring deliverance to others when you have been healed      you can bring wholeness to others when you have peace                you can speak peace to others

freely you have received – freely give

 

Every defeat is temporary

Every victory is eternal!

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