Christ’s Victory

Read Luke 4:1-13

“And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season” (v. 13).

We have all been in situations where it seemed like the best thing that could happen is for someone — the troublemaker — to leave. Jesus was there! Of course, Jesus could simply have commanded Satan to leave, but that was not the plan. Instead, the plan was for Jesus to withstand everything Satan could throw at Him until, in the end, Satan left by his own choice. Perhaps to the human side in Jesus, it seemed that Satan would never leave. And it often seems that way to us as well. But Jesus just kept parrying Satan’s thrusts until Satan decided it was no use to try anymore. There is an old adage that “he who turns and runs away, lives to fight another day.” And it is true; some things are just not worth fighting for. But when we are up against Satan, as Jesus was, the best strategy is to keep using the Word of God until Satan realizes that continued fighting is useless. Jesus must have felt relieved when Satan turned and walked away. But He must have also felt grateful that He had learned to trust in His Father’s Word. (Gordon L. Snider)

If we are in Christ, we are always victorious.

2019-01-30T10:00:42+00:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Live Victoriously

Focus Text: 1 Corinthians 9:24 — 10:13

Central Truth: Victorious living is the fruit of being united with Christ.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list some evidences of victory in the Christian life.

Lesson Outline
1. Maintaining the Mastery
2. Learning from the Past
3. Trusting for Victory

2019-01-25T10:00:41+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gideon: A Man of Valor

Focus Text: Judges 6:11-16; 7:16-23

Central Truth: God gives us victory as we follow His leading.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to choose one area of life in which they will take a stand for the Lord.
Lesson Outline:
I. A Deliverer Called (Judges 6:11-16)
II. Preparation for Battle (Judges 7:16-18)
III. Courage Brings Victory (Judges 7:19-23)
2018-06-18T09:00:31+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Promise of Victory

Read Revelation 21:1-7
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son” (v. 7).
Games are not really worth playing if one player claims the victory by breaking the rules. That is cheating! Cheating spoils the fun of the game.
Christians can claim victory in life, not because they are going to cheat, but because they are on a team with the one who has already achieved the victory. Jesus can offer to share His victory because He properly earned the victory by following God's rules — He died to satisfy justice.
Yesterday's reading reminded us that after salvation, we “were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Jesus promised His disciples that when their Teacher left, they would not be left alone. A “Comforter” would come to continue the work already started in them. God never leaves His children to face the enemy alone. The Holy Spirit comes along beside us to guide and teach and even comfort us through every struggle and battle. Victory has been assured for the Christian. We must be the ones to claim the promise. (Michelle Avery)

Claim the promised victory!

This devotional is the Sunday, August 27, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.

2017-08-25T08:49:00+00:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: |0 Comments

More Than Conquerors

Lesson 8 - January 22, 2017
Focus Text:  Romans 8:26-39
Central Truth: God's grace enables us to have victory over all of life's difficulties.
Objective:  By the end of this class my students should be able to identify at least one problem in their life in which they will trust God for victory.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Help of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:24-27)
  2. The Promise for the Believer (Romans 8:28-32)
  3. The Power to Conquer (Romans 8:33-39)
2017-01-16T09:00:00+00:00January 16th, 2017|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

The Formula for Victory

In "Doctrinal Discussion" Omar Lee writes:

First Peter 2:1-11 gives the formula for victorious living.

  1. Spiritual hunger — maintaining a healthy hunger for the Word of God will help to promote spiritual renewal and victory.
  2. Spiritual growth — eating a balanced diet will ensure us of advancing into maturity and in the understanding of the Christian life.
  3. Spiritual liveliness — our liveliness will be an inspiration to others until a spiritual house (church) will be established which will attract others to it as well.
  4. Spiritual values — we can see the true cornerstone is Jesus, and we will measure all other things in relation to His reaction to them through the Word, through the Spirit, and through our consciences.
  5. Spiritual heritage — it should be cause for celebration to know that we are a chosen people. We are a people belonging to God, and we are no longer orphans!
  6. Spiritual sanctity — we are in a spiritual war, but by abstaining from fleshly lusts, we can win.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 44.

2017-01-14T09:00:00+00:00January 14th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Can a Christian live in victory over willful sin?

In "God's Word for Today" William Snider writes:

Can a Christian live each day without condemnation for sins committed while successfully resisting temptation and pleasing God moment by moment? The remarkable answer is “Yes.” Testimonies of defeat can be replaced with proclamations of resounding overcoming lives through the power of the resurrected Christ. To claim such victory is not the language of human accomplishment nor a subtle (or not so subtle) announcement of personal determination and sanctification. It is rather a current possibility and, for the Christian, a present necessity. Contentment with less reflects negatively on the provisions of Christ and is indicative of a defective understanding of the possibilities of grace. Living today and every day with sins forgiven and willful sin resisted is made possible by the resurrected power working in our daily lives.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 40.

2017-01-12T09:00:00+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments


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