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SET UP FOR A GLORIOUS AND VICTORIOUS LIFE

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES

TOPIC: SET UP FOR A GLORIOUS AND VICTORIOUS LIFE

SERMON BY-:
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1John 5:4

One of the great aspects of life is victory. Everybody assumes that they are going to be victorious and successful in everything they do.

Countless conferences are given all over the place to show you how you can be successful in whatever you’re doing. Success is very important in our culture today.

There are areas in our daily lives where we are not possessing all that God has for us, and we may not even realize it.

When God’s Word goes forth, God is glorified and you are helped, healed, delivered, and transformed. God’s Word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).
Every time you tune in and lean in to the rhema word (timely word in season) that God has for you, you are possessing more and more of your promised land. There remains yet very much land to be possessed (Josh. 13:1 ESV).

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians. 1:3). But the Word also tells us that in the same heavenly places, there is spiritual warfare going on that hinders us from possessing all our blood-bought blessings Ephesians. 6:12

The victorious Christian life is a life lived in triumph over “everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). It is the conquering of fear, knowing God’s peace (John 14:27; 16:33). It is perseverance through “trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword” (Romans 8:35), showing us to be “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (verse 37). The victorious Christian life naturally leads to a defeat of death itself (1 Corinthians 15:54–55) and a glorious reward in heaven (Revelation 21:7).

The victorious Christian life is a journey of faith, not just for eternal salvation, but of daily decisions building up into lifestyle that reflects Christ (Galatians 2:20). Faith is the calm assurance that what we do not yet see is far more real, more substantial, more trustworthy than what we do see (Hebrews 11:1).

The devil doesn’t want us possessing our possessions but he is a defeated foe. This means we don’t have to fight him. Our fight is a fight of faith (believing), and part of our warfare is to realize that the devil is already defeated. The onus is not on us to defeat him because he was already defeated 2,000 years ago at the cross.

Aside from faith the favor of God is also very necessary in order to live a glorious and victorious life.
Many Christians believe they have to somehow earn the favor of God, but the truth is, we already have His favor. God saved us because of His favor toward us.

Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”

Simply put, grace is favor.

God’s favor is the power that changes things for us. First and foremost, you and I are saved by His favor, and I’m not just talking about going to heaven when we die. To be saved means to be delivered, protected, preserved, healed and made whole.

God’s favor covers every area of our lives! By His favor, He has taken care of everything we will ever need—spirit, soul and body. His supernatural grace is so vast, the Bible says it is going to take all the ages to come for Him to show us all the riches of His grace in the kindness He’s given us in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:7).

Today as a born-again believer, you are no longer the old man born of Adam. You are born again in Christ Jesus and when you behold Him and all that He is today, you catch a glimpse of your true identity in Him.
Because of the cross, our lives are now wrapped in Christ’s. He is our life (Col. 3:4 KJV)! And as He is, so are we in this world today (1 John 4:17).

Today we are not just one with Jesus in the Spirit but we are also one with Him in the flesh, which refers to our physical bodies. This means if you are facing a health challenge, look at Jesus. At the Father’s right hand, He is at the peak of physical health. As He is, so are you because you are one with Him!

You will never know how much God loves you until you know how much the Father loves the Son. Did you know you are not just deeply loved by the Father, but also accepted and highly favored by Him?

God has an answer for overcoming the stirrings of the flesh
God has provided victory for you in every challenge and circumstance
Because of Jesus’ finished work, your fleshly desires and sins are no longer part of you
As Christ is, so are you—accepted, deeply loved, and highly favored by God
Your feelings are not the barometer of truth—God’s Word is
See your enemies defeated on the other side of the cross
You possess your victory when you put your faith in what Jesus has done
See victory over sinful tendencies when you believe in Jesus’ perfect redemptive work at the cross

Glowing in God’s Glory

The glory of God isn’t just a feeling, an event or an Old Testament experience—it’s a spiritual tsunami of everything contained in the character of God. The word glory is literally translated “heavy weight,” meaning the heaviest, biggest, grandest thing about someone.

It has been called the manifested presence of God, but more than just a presence, it’s power. The kind of power that resurrects, delivers, overcomes and transforms. It is greater and stronger than any other power in existence. And it belongs to us.

Did you know that the glory of God is available to you 24/7? It’s built-in. That’s how God designed it—it’s how He designed you. Because you were born of God (John 1:13), that glory is inside you right now! All things that the Father has—including His glory—belong to you. This means His glory isn’t too far out of reach. It’s right within your grasp!

If we aren’t expecting to see the glory of God, we probably won’t. Just like anything in the kingdom of God, it takes faith to see a manifestation. The glory of God is a visible power. In the Old Testament, the glory appeared as a cloud, smoke or fire. This visible power is also known as Shekinah glory, which is the Hebrew name given to the presence of God dwelling on the earth.

The nation of Israel saw the glory when God came down to meet them on Mount Sinai. Exodus 24:17 (KJV) says, “The sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount.”

The prophet Habakkuk got a glimpse of that fiery glory, too. He described it as like the sun, blazing in the sky: “His brightness was as the light; he had horns [or shafts] coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power” (Habakkuk 3:4, KJV).

The same glory that raised Jesus from the dead was manifested as fire by night and a cloud by day in the wilderness (Exodus 13:21). This same glory separated Israel and the land of Goshen from the rest of Egypt when there was light in the land of Goshen, but not in Egypt (Exodus 10:23). What was that light? The glory. The glory of God’s presence.

PRAYER

The Lord preserve you and cover you with His precious blood that He has redeemed you with. The Lord make His face to shine on you. See His smiling face on you. Israel always saw the hiding of His face in the Old Testament, but see His face smiling on you.
To see God’s smiling face on you. To see God’s face shining on you is to receive all the blessings, all the favor, and all the goodness of God. Amen. The Lord make His face to shine on you and be favorable to you this week. You will see the manifestations of His favor in your life. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and your families, and grant to you His shalom peace, well-being, and wholeness. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen

SHALOM!

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