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AUGUST, 2015

 

AUGUST 2, 2015

 

“HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD’

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 3:1-10

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 3:10

 

   And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

 

INTRO: Do you have selective hearing?

 

   We often use selective hearing with other people.

 

   Sometimes it’s okay and other times it gets us into trouble.

 

   Selective hearing with God will always get us in trouble.

 

   In the story of Eli and Samuel, one had selective hearting and one did not.

 

I. THE STORY OF ELI. (I SAMUEL 1 – 4)

 

NOTE: Eli was a priest and a judge.

 

§  Eli sat at the door of the Tabernacle. I Samuel 1:9

§  Eli prophesied God’s answer to Hanna’s request.

I Samuel 1:17

§  Eli had two sons; (Hophni and Phinehas)

1 Samuel 2:12  Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

 

o    Belial is used as a name for Satan

o    They did not know the LORD

 

NOTE: They showed total distain for the sacrifices of God.  I Samuel 2:13-16

 

1 Samuel 2:17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.

 

o   They were committing whoredom at the door of the Tabernacle.

 

1 Samuel 2:22 (TLB) Eli was now very old, but he was aware of what was going on around him. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

 

o    Eli rebuked his son but they did not listen

 

1 Samuel 2:24-25 (NIV) No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the LORD's people. If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father's rebuke, for it was the LORD's will to put them to death.

 

o    Eli seemed to have eaten some of the sacrifices his sons had taken by force.

 

1 Samuel 2:29 (GW) Why do you show no respect for my sacrifices and grain offerings that I have commanded people to make in my dwelling place? Why do you honor your sons more than me by making yourselves fat on the best of all the sacrifices offered by my people Israel?

 

o    Eli heard the voice of God, through His prophet but failed to properly respond

 

Matthew 7:26-27 (GW) “Everyone who hears what I say but doesn't obey it will be like a foolish person who built a house on sand.  Rain poured, and floods came. Winds blew and struck that house. It collapsed, and the result was a total disaster.”

 

II. THE STORY OF SAMUEL

 

NOTE: God knew what was happening and had already planned for the one who was to take Eli’s place.

 

1 Samuel 2:34-35 (GW) What is going to happen to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you: Both of them will die on the same day. Then I will appoint a faithful priest to serve me. He will do everything I want him to do. I will give him faithful descendants, and he will always live as my anointed one.

 

   Like many prophecies it has an immediate fulfillment (Samuel) and a final, or complete, fulfillment (Jesus Christ).

 

·         Samuel was a godly man.

 

1 Samuel 2:26 (GW) The boy Samuel continued to grow and gained the favor of the LORD and the people.

 

·         Eli was unable to fulfill his duties

 

1 Samuel 3:2-3 (GW) One night Eli was lying down in his room. His eyesight had begun to fail so that he couldn't see well. The lamp in God's temple hadn't gone out yet, and Samuel was asleep in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was kept.

 

Exodus 27:20-21 (GW) “For the lighting, you must command the Israelites to bring you pure, virgin olive oil so that the lamps won't go out. In the tent of meeting outside the canopy where the words of my promise are, Aaron and his descendants must keep the lamps lit in the LORD'S presence from evening until morning. This is a permanent law among the Israelites for generations to come.”

 

·         God calls Samuel

 

1 Samuel 3:4-5 (GW) Then the LORD called Samuel. “Here I am,” Samuel responded. He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.” “I didn't call {you},” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So Samuel went back and lay down.

 

   It took three times before Eli realized it was God calling Samuel.

 

1 Samuel 3:8 (GW) The LORD called Samuel a third time. Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.

 

·         Samuel responses to God’s voice.

 

1 Samuel 3:10 (KJV) And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

 

·         Samuel obeyed God’s voice

 

1 Samuel 3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

 

NOTE: It is not always easy to obey God’s voice, but when we do He will abundantly bless

 

1 Samuel 3:19-21 (KJV) And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD. And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

 

CONCLUSION: Whose voice are we listening too?

 

John 10:4-5 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

 

AUGUST 9, 2015

 

GOD IS NOT A GOOD LUCK CHARM

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 4:1-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 18:4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

 

INTRO: There are many people who treat God like He is a good luck charm.

 

   They treat religious artifacts as if they are some sort of magic object that will do for them whatever they need or want.

 

   Israel had this sort of attitude in regards to the Art of the Covenant.

 

I. ISRAEL’S PREDICAMENT

 

   A. ISRAEL WAS INVOLVED IN A PHYSICAL BATTLE WITH THE PHILISTINES

 

1 Samuel 4:1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.

 

NOTE: God sent the Philistines against Israel because of Israel’s sin against God.

 

   America is in a similar situation; we have turned our hearts away from God and worshipped the false idols of this world.

 

   There are those who would contend that God doesn’t send things like this against us.

 

Deuteronomy 28:15, 20 (NLT) “But if you refuse to listen to the LORD your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you… The LORD himself will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning me.

 

   B. THEY WERE DEFEATED

 

1 Samuel 4:2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.   

 

   C. THEY BLAMED GOD

 

1 Samuel 4:3a And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines…

 

II. ISRAEL’S SOLUTION

 

   A. THEY PUT THEIR FAITH IN THE ARK, NOT IN GOD

 

1 Samuel 4:3b … Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.

 

NOTE: They treated the Ark as a good luck charm

   B. THE ARK BROUGHT THEM GREAT JOY AND COURAGE

 

1 Samuel 4:4-5 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

 

   C. IT BROUGHT FEAR TO THE PHILISTINES

 

1 Samuel 4:7-9 (ASV) And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore. Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? these are the gods that smote the Egyptians with all manner of plagues in the wilderness. Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.

 

NOTE: God had been involved in the past but was not involved now

 

   D. ISRAEL WAS SOUNDLY DEFEATED

 

1 Samuel 4:10-11 (ASV) And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man to his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

 

NOTE: They thought that by bringing the Art, God’s presence would be with them.

 

Psalm 66:18 (NIV) If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

 

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

II. GOD IS OFTEN TREATED AS A GOOD LUCK CHARM

 

2 Kings 18:4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

 

NOTE: America is like Israel in the days of Samuel

 

   We have sought to remove God from our schools and from our government.

 

   Yet when tragedy strikes we ask people to pray.

 

   We don’t want God to rule our lives but we want Him to get us out of our troubles, to provide our needs and to bless us.

 

   A. GOOD LUCK CHARMS WE USE

 

·         The Cross & other religious items

·         Church membership

·         Good deeds

 

NOTE: In our battle with Satan, faith alone will not help us.

 

   The Christian’s faith must be in God and God alone.

 

   Faith in ourselves, in people, or in things will only carry us only so far

 

   In the end we will experience only failure and defeat

 

III. GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WE CAN PUT OUR TRUST IN

 

Hebrews 12:2 (GW) We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.

 

   A. GOD HAS ALL POWER

 

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

 

   B. GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL

 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me,

 

   C. GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER US FROM THE ENEMY

 

2 Peter 2:9 (GW) Since the Lord did all this, he knows how to rescue godly people when they are tested. He also knows how to hold immoral people for punishment on the day of judgment.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us put our trust in the Living God, not in some lucky charm

 

 

AUGUST 16, 2015

 

NAMING YOUR EBENEZER!

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 7:3-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.

 

INTRO: Have you ever gone through a time when you felt that God was no longer there?

 

   That was what Israel was experiencing.

 

 I. EXPERIENCING GOD’S JUDGMENT

 

NOTE: The judgment of God was fourfold:

 

1.     Israel was defeated: the Ark was lost

 

1 Samuel 4:10  And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

 

1 Samuel 4:11a And the ark of God was taken…

 

2.     Eli’s sons were slain and Eli died

 

1 Samuel 4:11b  and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

 

1 Samuel 4:18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

 

NOTE: The Ark represents the presence of God

 

3.  The Philistines were judged for taking the Ark

 

1 Samuel 5:6 (NKJV) But the hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.

 

4.  The men of Bethshemesh were judged for looking into the Ark

 

Numbers 4:5 And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:

 

Numbers 4:20 (NKJV) But they shall not go in to watch while the holy things are being covered, lest they die."

 

II. TWENTY YEARS OF SORROW AND REPENTANCE

 

1 Samuel 7:2 (TLB) The Ark remained there for twenty years, and during that time all Israel was in sorrow because the Lord had seemingly abandoned them.

 

NOTE: Have you ever felt abandoned by God because of some catastrophe in your life?

 

   It is a horrible place to be where you feel abandon by God.

 

1 Samuel 7:3-4 (GW) Samuel told the entire nation of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD wholeheartedly, get rid of the foreign gods you have, including the statues of the goddess Astarte. Make a commitment to the LORD, and serve only him. Then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” So the Israelites got rid of the statues of Baal and Astarte and served only the LORD.

 

   Two things we must remember:

 

·         God will never abandon us

·         True repentance restores the presence of God

 

III. NAMING OUR EBENEZER

 

   Our contentment today depends on our memories of yesterday.

 

   If we think only on our failures and disappointments of the past, we will struggle in paralyzing discontentment, both now and in the future.

 

   The stories found in the Bible should give us great encouragement when we are faced with difficult times.

 

1 Corinthians 10:6 (KJV) Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

 

   We need to remember the power and deliverance God brought to those who trusted Him.

 

   A. SAMUEL PRAYED FOR ISRAEL

 

1 Samuel 7:5-6 (GW) Then Samuel said, “Gather all the Israelites together at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.” So the Israelites gathered together at Mizpah. They drew some water, poured it out in front of the LORD, and fasted that day. They confessed, “We have sinned against the LORD.” So Samuel judged Israel in Mizpah.

 

NOTE: A prayer of repentance will move the hand of God

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

   B. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND A GOOD LUCK

       CHARM

 

·         The Philistines gather against Israel

 

1 Samuel 7:7 (KJV) And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.

 

NOTE: The Ark was not with them, it was God alone Who gave them the victory

 

1 Samuel 7:10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.

 

   C. SAMUEL NAMED ISRAEL’S EBENEZER

 

1 Samuel 7:12 (TLB) Samuel then took a stone and placed it between Mizpah and Jeshanah and named it Ebenezer (meaning, "the Stone of Help"), for he said, "The Lord has certainly helped us!"

 

NOTE: Samuel gave the glory and praise to God

 

   It was not LUCK, it was not HAPPENCHANCE, it was not IT COINCIDENCE, or a TWIST OF FATE.

 

James 1:17 (NIV) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

CONCLUSION: Stop for a moment and name your Ebenezer

 

   Remembering the time, place and circumstance where God has step in and helped you.

 

AUGUST 23, 2015

 

DARING TO BE DIFFERENT

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 8:1-9

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 8:5 (GW)


   They told him, “You're old, and your sons aren't following your example. Now appoint a king to judge us so that we will be like all the other nations.”

 

INTRO: Throughout our life we come to situations where we believe we must make a decision and do it quickly

 

   One of the problems we face living by faith, is that it often comes in conflict with our desires and wisdom

 

   We fail to consider God; and instead we rely on human perspective.

 

I. THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE FACING A THREE PRONG PROBLEM:

 

1.       SAMUEL WAS GETTING OLD

 

1 Samuel 8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel

 

2.       HIS SONS WERE CORRUPT

 

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

 

3.       THEY FELT THEY NEEDED A NEW LEADER

 

NOTE: Their concerns were legitimate; it was their solution that was the problem.

 

II. THEY WANTED A KING

 

1 Samuel 8:5 (GW) They told him, “You're old, and your sons aren't following your example. Now appoint a king to judge us so that we will be like all the other nations.”

 

NOTE: The problem was that they already had a King.

 

   Ever since the days of Moses, they had lived under a theocracy, the rule and reign of God Himself.

 

   As their King, God would do everything a human king would do, only better.

 

   God would be their Savior and Deliverer, the Protector and Provider of Israel. And all the Israelites had to do was obey the Lord, keep His commandments.

 

  God had prophesied that this was going to happen

 

Deuteronomy 17:14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

  

NOTE: Forgetting how often the Lord had saved and delivered them in the past and forgetting how He had constantly provided for them throughout their lives, the Israelites requested the right to establish a monarchy, to live under the authority of a human king.

 

   How often when we are faced with a problem do we fail to remember how God has delivered us in the past and seek man’s solution.

 

NOTE: They wanted to have a human king so they would be like everyone else.

 

1 Samuel 8:5b …Now appoint a king to judge us so that we will be like all the other nations.”

 

   They did not ask to have a king after God’s heart.

 

III. OUR DILEMMA:

 

NOTE: Today, Christians and the Church are under tremendous pressure to conform to this world and be like everyone else.

 

Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

   We must make a decision; do we trust God or do we depend upon man?   

 

   “Temped to try it, follow your hunch, be top banana not one of the bunch.” Burma Shave

 

Joshua 24:15a And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve…

 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.”…

 

NOTE: When we seek man leadership, it is man’s goals, which we seek after; it is the ways of man we use to reach these goals, it is man’s resources we depend on.

 

   When we seek God’s leadership, it is God’s goals which we seek after; it is the ways of God we use to reach His goals, it is God resources we depend on.

 

   When we seek man’s way we are rejecting God’s way.

 

Jeremiah 2:13 "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water"

 

   There is nothing wrong with what the world offers unless the things of the world become the focus of our lives.

 

   We are in the world but we are not of the world.

 

1 John 2:15-16 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world"

 

NOTE: There is nothing wrong with what the world offers unless the things of the world become the focus of our lives.

 

   We must not focus upon this world, seeking after the ways of this world.

 

   If our driving force is for the things of this world, we will seek the leadership of man.

 

   If our driving force is for the things of God, we will seek the leadership of God.

 

Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 

Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 

   The question is, who or what do we put our trust in?

 

CONCLUSION: Let us dare to be different and chose God as our King and follow His leadership.

 

AUGUST 30, 2015

 

DEAD TO SIN

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 6:1-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 6:13  

 

   Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

INTRO: In the Christian Faith there is a vast difference between the physical observances and the spiritual experience.

 

   It is often thought that by doing the physical act, (coming forward, taking communion, being baptized), is all that is needed.

 

   Each one of these must be accompanied by a spiritual experience with God.

 

NOTE: Water Baptism must be more than a physical observance; it must be a spiritual commitment to live a holy life, surrendered to God.

 

I. A PERSON THAT IS BEING BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST MUST BE DEAD.

 

NOTE: When a person comes to be baptized, they are making a public confession that they have died to the life of sin by accepting Jesus Christ not only as their Savior, but also as the Lord of their lives.

 

   As Jesus paid the cost for our salvation by dying for our sins, we must die to our sins by being buried in Water Baptism.

 

Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

NOTE: Our death to sin is not a one time shot.

 

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 

   Every day we must die to self and sin.

 

  • It is a daily walk.

  • It is a daily commitment.

 

II. WATER BAPTISM RELEASES US INTO A NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST.

 

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Romans 6:10-11 (GW) When he died, he died once and for all to sin's power. But now he lives, and he lives for God.  So consider yourselves dead to sin's power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you.

 

NOTE: Because we have died to sin, sin no longer reigns in our lives.

 

   We are no longer enslaved to sin.

 

Romans 6:12-14 (NLT) Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires.  Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.  Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God's grace.

 

Romans 6:17-18 (NLT) Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you.  Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.

 

III. WE ARE RAISED FROM WATERY GRAVE TO LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

Romans 8:11 (NLT) The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.

 

NOTE: We are incapable if living a victorious Christian life in our own strength.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

   We are only able to live the life of a victorious Christians through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

CONCLUSION: When we enter the watery grave as a dead person to sin, we will rise to walk in the power of God unto a victorious Christian life.

 

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