God Is Greater

We need to get it clear in our minds that God is greater than the devil. God passed judgement and threw the devil out of heaven because of pride. God caught the devil off guard by defeating him on the Cross. Whether devil likes it or not, God is going to the throw him into the Lake of Fire after Jesus returns. The devil ultimately doesn’t have a choice in his demise.  The glorious part for us is that all defeats declare our victory!

Attributes of a Victor

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We would all like to be victors – overcomers in every area of life. The truth is, if we’ve received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are victors! However, our lives and its imperfections can make us believe that we are not.  That is why we must believe in what we cannot see or feel – that our victory status is a present tense reality.  We aren’t going to be; we are!

Our redemption in Christ happened when Jesus died on the Cross.  When Jesus died and rose from the dead, it was as if our old man died and rose from the dead.  Our sins were washed away, and Jesus’ victory became our victory the moment we believed in Him.  Our salvation is a current fact, not something that will be done in the future.  We are – present tense – children of God!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) (emphasis added)

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) (emphasis added)

When our situations and feelings seem to say something different than the victory God has given us, we need to walk by faith.  This means we should not believe what we see and feel, but believe what God says.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Once we understand that we have the victory and are victors, our actions should follow! If victory is ours regardless of what is going on around us, then our faith will put it into action through a life of victory speaking, living, and believing.

  1. Victors rejoice.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

  1. Victors live in a state of joy.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials . . . (James 1:28-8)

  1. Victors walk by faith.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (I John 5:4)

  1. Victors follow orders.

But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28)

  1. Victors praise.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26)

  1. Victors speak victory.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30)

  1. Victors live in peace.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

  1. Victors shout.

And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!” (Joshua 6:16)

  1. Victors acts on authority.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

  1. Victors bring victory to others.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Let’s live like the victors God has made us to be!  And rather than simply keeping the benefits of victory to ourselves, let’s pass it on to a word that needs to know the King of Victory!

 

The Value of Children Serving in Church

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I have worked for years in the local church, starting when I was nine-years-old.  From my own experience, watching other children serve, and knowing the principles of God’s Word, I can verify that our children should be serving the Body of Christ!  We should never underestimate its value as we “train them up in the way they should go”!

Part of being a good disciple of Jesus is serving with the Body of Christ in the local church in which God has assigned us.  As part of that local Body, our children are no exception!  Here are a few reasons why it is important for our children to learn to serve in the church.  These, of course, must be guided through and communicated by the parents so serving does not just become an obligation, but a desire and way of life.

  1. It teaches them give themselves to Jesus and what He values most in the Kingdom of God.
  2. It provides opportunities to be led by the Holy Spirit as they decide in what area to serve.
  3. It gives them opportunism to sow the seed of time, money, kindness, and God’s Word into others that they will later be multiplied into their own lives.
  4. It prepares them for life as an adult in a world of working with various people in a variety of situations.
  5. It helps them discover and develop their God-given talents and skills.
  6. It teaches them new things about the Word of God and other discipleship topics.
  7. It encourages responsibility, punctuality, and a good work ethic.
  8. It encourages teamwork as they work with others.
  9. It teaches selflessness as they give to others.
  10. It teaches submission to leadership.
  11. It helps them step out of their comfort zones.
  12. It teaches them to problem-solve.

 

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)