What is Victory? 1 Samuel 15:29
KJV: And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent.
ASV: And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
NLT And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!”
NASB77 "And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind."
ESV And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”
Hence, nāṣaḥ denotes both "brilliance" (yielding the connotations "preeminence, surpassing, glory, victory, leadership") and "endurance" (supplying "longlasting, perpetual"). BDB basically defines the verb as "be pre-eminent, enduring" and details distinctive usages from there.
Returning to the noun form for the moment, then, one can grasp the difficulty of choice between "strength" or "glory" (the problem being in the English distinctives, since the Hebrew obviously embraces both at once)
Indeed the new Hebrew meaning of the root is "conquer, prevail."—Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 25:8 (KJV)
Victory is a person. Victory is not a thing or even an experience. Victory is not a matter of what we are. We cannot depend on ourselves, what we memorize, what we pray, what we think, what we do to live victoriously. Victory is a matter of letting Christ live on our behalf.
THE MEANING OF THIS LIFE
1. An Exchanged Life, Not A Changed Life
Victory does not mean we are changed, it means we are exchanged.
Galatians 2:20=Exchanged Life.
It is not an evil “I” changed into a good “I”
If you think living a victorious life has to do with whether or not you don’t get angry when your wife doesn’t do so and so, or you don’t get that lustful thought, or you don’t start to let problems get you down, YOU DON’T understand Victory!
Victory does not involve progress. Defeat doesn’t not mean the absence of progress.
We think if we have these things we have overcome. Victory has nothing to do with you!
Victory is not you overcoming by yourself, or even with the HELP of Jesus. It is Christ overcoming for you!
There can never be victory until you die!
What is difference between change and exchange.
Take an Old Bible. We can put a new cover on it, replace missing pages.
Or we can exchange it for a new one. Change takes time, exchange is instantaneous.
“I cannot overcome”. Indeed you cannot overcome.. God has no intention for you to overcome yourself. Your evil temper will never be changed into a good temper. He has no intention of changing your sorrow into joy. His way is to make anexchange of your life.
Sometimes, people who complain of all their troubles, their failures, their struggle with sin will drag you down unless you know you are in Christ. Such a one is an ideal patient for Himself. There is business for His clinic. Such a one is often filled with their own sins, their pride and their own temper. Such a one cannot change, but they can be exchanged.
You can keep trying to fix a lemon car until you have wasted so much time and energy. Or you can exchange it for a new car.
to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3 (ESV)
God’s way is the way of replacement: head-dress for ashes, mourning for gladness
There is no temptation too difficult for me to overcome. Victory is Christ; it is no longer I!
Is there any sin too great for Christ to overcome?
THE PRINCIPLE OF THIS LIFE
2. A Gift, Not A Reward
The overcoming life does not require our own effort.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)
It is a grave mistake to think that Salvation comes to us freely, while victory comes to us as a result of our own effort.
(Even though we agree that we cannot be saved by our good works, we try to overcome by our good works.)
God despises the works of the flesh. We have no good works at all.
If you have been saved for several years, are you good yet?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 (ESV)
Verse 56 speaks of sin and death and the law. Verse 57 speaks of God giving us the victory. This victory is not only a matter of overcoming sin, but of overcoming the law and death.
Here is the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST: Everything of the Lord’s is your for free. As soon as you recive the Lord Jesus, ALL that is Christ’s becomes yours!
You may think you have to strive to pray, to have fellowship with God, to deal with all the negative things in your life and stop sinning. You may think you have to strive to control your temper. You can confess your sins, but you cannot stop committing these sins.
Here is the Gospel for you: God has given you the holiness of the Lord Jesus for free, the endurance of the Lord for free, the perfection of the Lord for free, the love, the faithfulness-it is all free!
God gives freely to all those who want these things.
God gives us the holy life that Christ lived, He gives us the beauty of the perfection of Jesus Christ. These are gifts.
If you tried to overcome by yourself, you could not change even if you tried for another 20 years; your temper would not change, your pride would still be with you.
God gives us a full salvation.
Do sinners try to save themselves by their works? All the time! What do you tell them-stop! Jesus saved you by what He did on your behalf.
Do Christians try please God by their works? All the time. Here is the message-You do not have to do anything! God has given Christ to you. All you have to do is believe He has done it all for you.
Victory is TOTALLY in the person of Christ. You do not gradually work yourself into holiness of perfection.
If you want to be delivered from your sin, all you do is accept God’s gift now. Jesus is the victory. If you receive Him as your victory you will overcome.
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 (ESV)
How can sin not lord over us? This can only happen when we are not under the law but under grace.
Being under the law means for us to do something for God.
Being under grace is for God to do something for us.
The wages of our work is the lording over of sin. If God is doing something for us, sin will not be able to lord over us.
When God is allowed to work, there is victory.
THE WAY TO RECEIVE THIS LIFE
3. Obtained, Not Attained
The overcoming life is obtained, it can never be attained.
Christian Victory is attained by a gradual process.
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 (ESV)
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)
What is difference between obtaining and attaining-only the element of time.
Salvation from sin is a miracle
4. Receiving of this Life is a Miracle
Victory over sin is a miracle.
THE RESULT OF THIS LIFE -
5. A Life of Expression not a life of Suppression
HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE OVERCOMING LIFE
No Longer I But Christ (Gal 2:20)
While it is true that we have been crucified with Christ,what must we do to make this crucifixion reality in our lives.
Why did God crucify us on the cross?
Death is the rightful destiny of the flesh.
There is no hope for us.
Baptism is saying AMEN to our death.
God’s valuation of us is that we should die.
There is no hope of reform, no possibility of progress or change.
Is that our view of ourselves, or do we still cling to the hope that we can be reformed.
We still love ourselves.
The Principle of Still Lacking One Thing
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:18-27 (ESV)
You still lack one thing
If you try to be saved or if you try to overcome, God will put one thing in front of you.
1.Realize We are Not Able.
Realize no matter what you do you will always lack one thing.
To show us that we are not able to do anything by ourselves.
Many Christians do not overcome because they have not failed enough.
Romans 7 experience.
2.Unable and Not Intending to be able.
Must die to any hope in yourself.
We cannot make it, and we should not even try to make it. Lifting weights.
God crucified me on the cross and gave up hope of ever using me.
But we still try to make it
The Condition of Victory is acknowledging that we are unable.
The greatest barrier to victory is trying to be able.
Victory is from Christ.
“I cannot make it and I do not intend to make it. Please make it for me. I will not fabricate my own victory”
Luke 18 followed by Zaccheus in Luke 19
Young man vs Old man. Old man was generous.
Rejoice in the fact that you cannot cure your temper.
3.Boasting in Ones Weakness
2 Cor 12:9
Thank God for my weakness, my pride, my temper, my lust?
Opportunity for Christ to show His power!
Realize we are helpless
4.The Lord Jesus Takes up only Impossible Cases
5.We Cannot Make it but God Can
Christ specializes in dealing with our inability and weakness.
HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE OVERCOMING LIFE
Surrendering-I Am Crucified with Christ
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)
1.Acknowledge that you are not able in yourself.
2.Do not try to be able.
God I cannot overcome, I do not intend to overcome. Neither will I try to overcome.
If you think you can become holy, you will fail.
Faith The Live I now live I live in faith..
1. Faith in God’s Fact
Victory does not come gradually. It is instantaneous.
2. Believing that you have received it
The way to receive grace to overcome is the same as receiving grace for forgiveness.
2 Chron 20 – Jehoshaphat.
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