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Victory over Death

Key Scripture:

Philippians 3:20 (KJV)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand the ways in which we encounter death. The Lord Jesus Christ has won over death and He promises us the same victory. To take the victory over death, we must first learn the different ways death takes hold over our lives and how in obedience to God’s word, we can overcome the power of death and its sting.

SERMON POINTS

 Power of Death

‘Death’. The very word brings a chill down our spine. If we are born, we will die one day. We all are under the threat of death, running closely parallel to that dividing line between life and death. The Bible tells us that we can have victory over death. Let us see the different ways in which we encounter death in our lives and how the Word of God gives us a way to gain victory over death.

Ways in which Death overtakes us:

  1. Spiritual Death:

 Ephesians 2:1,5,6 (KJV)   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ever since we are born, we are dead in sin. (Psalm 51) When we are sinful, without the reality of the Savior, death is working in us and our spirits are not connected with God. But when you are born again and believe in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are quickened by His power.

Romans 6: 2-4 (KJV)  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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.

 Just accepting the saving grace of the Lord does not keep us from spiritual death, we need to have a vibrant relationship and fellowship with Him. By being baptized, we accept His death and our raised into new creation by His resurrecting power and now we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)

  1. Faith without works is dead:

 James 2:17,18 (KJV)  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

 If we claim to have only faith and no works to support our claims, then our faith is dead. We need to live by what we believe. Faith is not only for receiving from the Lord but it is being willing to offer all that we have up to the Lord like Abraham, who didn’t even hesitate to sacrifice his only son Isaac.

 James 2:23-26 (KJV)  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 Faith should be seen in our works like Rahab though a harlot, protects the messengers, who came to spy the land. Our faith should be seen in our works to provide, protect and bless the church and the man of God.

 

  1. Negative Character causes Death:

 Proverbs 5:3-5 (KJV)  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

 The way of the strange woman leads to death, that’s what the Bible teaches us. Strange woman here, refers to anything that moves you away from the system which God has established. Anything that moves you away from living a godly life, being a part of church fellowship and also from your family causes death. The only thing that should instruct us is the Word of God and we must be willing to accept its instruction. (Proverbs 5:6-9)

Proverbs 2: 10, 16, 18 (KJV)  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

The Lord has asked us to search for wisdom which brings both long life and riches. (Proverbs 3:13,15)

 

  1. Spirit gives Life:

 2 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

 The Spirit of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit gives us life. The law kills. Our worship defines the anointing we carry.

Psalms 115:17-18 (KJV)   The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.

 The Psalmist says that the dead don’t praise God; therefore let’s give importance to spiritual worship and be an ambassador of praise for our generation.

 

  1. Ministry should have life:

Revelation 3:1,2 (KJV)  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God

 God wants us to have a ministry that doesn’t die out. Our ministry should have life.

 

  1. Victory over Physical Death:

 Philippians 3:20,21 (NIV)  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

 The Lord Jesus Christ enables us with His power to transform our mortal bodies with its weaknesses and sicknesses into His glorious body where we will be transformed into His image.

 Revelation 20:6, 14 (KJV)  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The second death can never overtake us and death and hell will be cast away into the lake of fire. By the power of His resurrection we will be able to have victory even when death stares us in the eye.

CONCLUSION.

Death is inevitable. However we don’t have to succumb to death, especially when our Lord and Savior has paid the price and won over death and Hades. This sermon throws light on some of the areas in which we encounter death and how we overlook its effects on our spiritual growth. The Lord asks us to examine these areas and change according to God’s word and take our rightful victory over death as believers of Christ.

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Victory over Sin and Addictions-Part-2

Key Scripture:

1 John 5:18 (KJV)  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

SUMMARY

We can learn from this sermon the struggle we have with sin and the ways to overcome it especially from the First Epistle of John. Sin is our greatest enemy and it is a real battle everyday to keep away from it. This sermon highlights 5 ways we can overcome this enemy from God’s Word. Let us be equipped with the Sword of the Spirit and fight the wicked one who tries to entangle us with sin and addictions.

SERMON POINTS

 Struggle with sin.

 Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Sin is something that easily entangles us and disturbs our communion with the Lord. It separates us from the presence of God and we fall into the snare of the devil.  The Bible tells us it follows us, almost pursuing you, crouching at our doors waiting to take us prey.

Often Sin is regarded harmless and ignored with a false notion that every sin under the heavens have been forgiven and that all has been set right. If Sin had been done away with, these epistles would not have been written at the first place.

Adam the first human fell into sin because of the devil and he has passed it down onto us, and that seed of sin dwells in us, making us incapable to do any good.

Sin is dangerous; destroying every bit of holiness that we would have ever worked towards.Anything that takes us away from the presence of God is sin be it our cellphones, Television shows,even certain lifestyle choices leave an open door for sin and sinning repeatedly is an addiction.

The good news is that Jesus Christ came so that we can be free from this magnetic horror called sin that follows us every moment and we can only be cleansed from it by His precious Blood.

Ways we can be victorious over sin?

As adhesive as sin can be the Bible shows us steps in which we can keep away sin from our lives. There is sin that follows us even after the completed work of Christ on the cross and that is why St. John makes 27 references to sin in 1 John in the New Testament which helps us get into a habit of being conscious of our lives being in line with the Holy One.

  1. Confession of sins:

 1 John 1:8-10 (KJV)   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

In the presence of God, we should take time to introspect our lives in the light of His holiness. We deceive ourselves when we say we haven’t sinned. If we confess our sins then the Lord is faithful to forgive us. With peer pressure, sin is always at our necks. It is so important to introspect whether we have offended God in any way or not.

1 John 1:3 (KJV)  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 Being associated with darkness can only lead to a sinful life but fellowship with God through prayer, worship and the ministry of God’s word can help us overcome sin. There is no deliverance without confession. Let us get into the habit of putting ourselves before the presence of God as an open book each day and evaluate our spiritual lives.

  1. Commitment to do His Word:

 1 John 2:1-6 (KJV) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 There is a constant urge to sin within us. The commitment to keep God’s word is what helps us overcome that urge. The Bible tells us that the Law of the Lord is by which we are warned and by keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19) We also find the Lord Jesus telling us that if we love Him we must obey His commandments. By doing so, the love of God is perfected in us, especially when we walk as our Lord Jesus walked.  When we are committed to keep His commandments , we enter into the blessed realm of communing with Him. His commandments reveal who He is and we should be passionate in obeying those.

  

  1. Communion of the Holy Spirit:

 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)  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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 We are not to love the world. The glory and medals of this world are vain. All we have is supposed to be for the Kingdom of God be it our homes, families, material possessions, even our influence.

1 John 2:27 (KJV)  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him

 The Bible tells us that the anointing of the Holy Spirit abides in us and He is the one who teaches us the way in which we are to walk. When He is in you and you have a constant communion with Him you can hear Him teach you the right thing. The world will allure us to itself, but when we have the communion of the Holy Spirit inside of us we would escape from every dart of the evil one.

  1. Conviction to be righteous

 1 John 3:9-10 (KJV)  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 There are two groups of people in the world- children of God and children of the devil. When we are the children of God, we have His seed in us. His righteousness and grace is in us. When His seed is in us, the power of sin is rendered powerless.We are saved from addictions because His seed is there in us. Not only following righteousness but even loving your brother determines whether we are of God or not. To what extent would you love?

1 John 3:16-18 (KJV)   Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Laying down our lives for one another should be our standard in love. Without love towards those around us, we cannot say the love of God dwells within us. Let us not only speak of loving but also show it in our actions.

  1. Confidence in God:

1 John 5:18-19 (KJV)  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

 Last but definitely in no way the least is, having the confidence in God  Whosoever has been of God cannot sin. Our Lord Jesus who is the begotten of God keeps us in His love. This is the confidence we have in God, that He is able to keep us from sin even when the whole wold is filled with wickedness. The wicked one will not be able to touch us as long as we are kept by the Lord Jesus.

CONCLUSION.

People say there is no more sin in the world because Jesus Christ washed them all away. They disregard the existence of sin and thereby deceive themselves. Sin will eventually catch up with us. Denial of sin cannot be the solution to overcome sin.Today, whatever maybe that sin or addiction that is holding you back from God, get into His word, let it convict you to confess your sins and lead you to the precious cleansing power of His Blood. We have victory over sin and addictions by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus. Above all as we are committed for this warfare, He will keep us from all the evil attacks when we live in the light of His presence.

Victory over Sin and Addictions-Part 1

Key Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:57,58 (KJV)  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

SUMMARY

This sermon brings out the basics of what the Law of God requires of His people. It has been widely propagated that we live in a ‘Grace-Period’ and that the Law doesn’t hold good anymore. However without understanding of God’s Law revealed in His Word, no one can have a knowledge of Sin and the need of a Savior. Our Lord Jesus amplified the law of Moses and didn’t simplify it. Our Lord Jesus came to fulfil the law and give us His righteousness. We are called to walk in fellowship with Him waging a war on Sin. Thanks be to God because we have victory in and through Him.

SERMON POINTS

Victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

 1 John 3:4 (KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Bible tells us that anyone who transgresseth /breaks the Law, sins.

We also come to know from God’s word that there are 3 different Laws that are conflicting within us. There is no good thing that dwells in our flesh. (Romans 7:18,19)

St. Paul gives us an overview of the 3 different laws that work in us in Romans 7:24-8:3;

Romans 7:24, 25 (KJV) What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

We are wretched people because of our inability to lead a pure life. Sin tries to capitalize on our weaknesses and if we deny sin, we deceive ourselves . We should live in the light of our Lord Jesus everyday and follow the Spirit and not the flesh. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. Though the law of God is in our minds and we want to obey it, the Law of sin is ruling the members of our body making us do the same sin that we don’t want to do!

St. Paul languishes as to who could ever save us from the law of sin and death. The answer he offers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ our Lord is the only one who delivers us from the law of sin that rules the members of the body.

Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

When Jesus Christ comes into your heart, through Him you receive the Law of Spirit of Life which sets you free from the law of sin and death which works in our flesh. The Holy Spirit is able to help us keep away from wicked deeds and thoughts and because He sets us free, we have no condemnation as all the sinful passions which were once active before are rendered dead.

What is Sin?

The general belief is that the Law given by God to Moses, is only for the Old Testament believers. Any sin in the New Testament is covered by grace, is what most preachers preach and many believe.

Without the Law of God we could never know what is sin. The Bible calls lawlessness as sin. (1 John 3:4). The 10 commandments are a summary of what the entire Law asked of the people to follow. The New Testament has an amplified version of the Old Testament’s commandments. The Lord’s standard of holiness is explained clearly in the New Testament. Let’s do a comparison of the law of God in the Old Testament and the law explained by the Lord Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.

 Matthew 6:24 (KJV)   No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Our Lord Jesus stated the amplified version of the first commandment-You cannot serve God and Money

What you serve is what controls you. Our Lord categorically states that we cannot serve God and Money. It is not that God is against money. When all our choices are dependent on the Money factor, we make money as our God which is against the Law of God. The Pharisees could not understand the standard God expected when they projected their righteousness. As our Lord went on with the beatitudes, man’s self righteousness started breaking down.

  1. Do not make any Idols

 Ezekiel 14:3,4 (KJV) “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.

 Idols are what we make. The Lord commanded that we are not to make any idols.

In the book of Ezekiel God expects us to get rid of the idols set up in the heart. The idols can be i love and reverence for material things, gadgets, children, career, etc. so much so that we tend to prioritise them over God Himself. Let such idols be removed from our hearts because as long as it is there, sin is manifest.

  1. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

 Matthew 12:36,37 (KJV)  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

The third commandment says that we are not to take the name of the Lord our God in vain. (Exodus 20:7). Lord Jesus said in the New Testament that we must give account for every vain or idle word we speak. We are justified by the words we speak and we are condemned by the same yardstick

  1. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

 Hebrews 10:24,25 (KJV)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

 In the Old Testament, the Jews were to remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. (Exodus 20:8) The Bible in the New Testament commands us to consider one another and not forsake the assembling of together for any church fellowship and meetings to prepare ourselves for the Second-coming of Christ and to spur one another for good works. The early church believers gathered daily in one accord. (Acts 2:46) By keeping away from church gatherings and fellowship, we tend to live in isolation and we can be so self centered and live in sin.

  1. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you

 Romans 12:10 (KJV)  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

 In Exodus 20:12, the Lord commands His people to honour their parents so that they may live long in the land. And for many of us this is doable and we keep the commandment. But in the New Testament, we are to love everyone with brotherly love and esteem one another above ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 (KJV)   And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

This honor must  also be towards those who labour in the Lord for us, admonishing us with His word, namely, the pastors and spiritual leaders whom the Lord has placed over our lives .

  1. Thou shalt not kill.

 Matthew 5:21,22 (KJV)  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

 The above verse gives us a perfect explanation of how being angry without a cause is equivalent to murder. Next time when anger without a cause comes up in your heart remember, in the eyes of God it means to kill that person. When we read and understand the righteous standards of God we should move more closer to God and rely on Him.

  1. ´Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 Matthew 5:27,28 (KJV)  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart

 In the Old Testament being involved physically in the act of adultery was sin. Jesus Christ in His sermon on the Mount says that if you look at a man/woman with lust, you have already sinned with him/her. The rate of those succumbing to internet pornography is appalling and very sad, children being the majority among the those. Let us put an end to sin that starts with our eyes.

  1. Thou shalt not steal.

 Stealing is a sin and so is lying. The Bible has not changed that for New Testament believers. It is no compromise to put up with even though God is gracious, He is holy and doesn’t tolerate sin. Don’t give any place for these in your deeds or words. The last six commandments deal with others and we usually violate it because of sin. The New Testaments raises our awareness of sin and stresses the need for a Savior.

 

Victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

 Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

 The New Testament in no way or form has either deleted or simplified the Law of God or the severity of its consequences for disobedience. Instead, what we read in the New Testament is an amplified version of the same Laws of God. It exhibits the sin in us and our inability to fulfil the righteousness of God. Lord Jesus told the Pharisees that even their righteousness fell short of the standard of God.

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This is true for us as well and the only way we can be cleansed is by the Blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins and the only way we are free from condemnation is when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of life, helps us in keeping the perfect Law of God and setting us free from the Law of sin and death that has been ruling our bodies.

 

CONCLUSION.

St. Paul has perfectly described, how wretched we are because of the law of sin that works in our flesh, making us do the evil things that we don’t want to do. But ST. Paul also has made it clear that we all need a saviour who introduced Himself to us; if not for Him, nothing could ever save us from eternal death. Let us today, run to the Master and ask for His righteousness and His Holy Spirit to guide us to live a holy life.