How to Live in Victory

How to Live in Victory

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We have been looking at how to live in the victory Christ provided for us over our past sins and failures.  And it is really quite simple:  Choose to believe what God says about you (and your past regrets) and not what you feel or what seems right to you.  After all, He is God and we are… dust.  Yet, because of His great love for us, He chose to provide victory over the consequences of our sins by sacrificing His Son on the cross.  And for us to wallow in self-condemnation and despair over the sins and regrets Christ died to forgive, makes light of His great sacrifice.

If His death provided us victory over sin, then our reasonable duty would be to walk and live in that victory.  Period.  End of story.

But how do we go about living in His victory over our past regrets?


How to Live in Victory

In this message, we’ll give some tools to help you experience freedom from self-condemnation and unforgiveness.  And these tools are centered around turning the enemy’s temptations and taunts into praise.  After all, Satan hates it when we praise our Lord.

There is also one last Scripture we will look at that clearly puts our life and relationship with Christ into perspective.  It’s 1 Corinthians 6:20, and reads:

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.


Second Verse, Same as the First

And finally, as we shared before, the choice offered to each of us when we struggle with past failures and regrets is to believe what the Lord says about our sins and transgressions or to hold on to what we feel about them.  And most Christians, especially when it comes to a choice of grace or condemnation, choose the latter.  Why?  Because it somehow feels good to punish ourselves for something God has chosen to forget.

If you want to know more, keep listening.

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463:  The Prayer Life of Jesus

463: The Prayer Life of Jesus

We have been looking at the four conditions/requirements found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to have God forgive our national sin and heal our land.  The first of these conditions is for God’s people to humble themselves.  And the second, equally as difficult as the first, is to pray.  But what kind of prayer satisfies the condition?  And what is the content of that prayer?  Can it be a short prayer or does it have to be long and intense?  Can we pray with our eyes open, sitting down, all alone?  Or do we have to agonize in prayer, on our knees, among a great throng of people?  There are so many questions the text doesn’t answer.  So, to find what we are looking for, we will look at the prayer life of Jesus and see what we can learn from HIm.

I can’t think of a better teacher, can you?


What Can We Learn From the Prayer Life of Jesus

There is much we can learn about Jesus’ commitment to prayer.  Much we can incorporate in our own lives.  For example:

Jesus got up early to pray, way before dawn (Mark 1:35).

He separated Himself from distractions and went away from everyone to a secluded place to pray (Mark 1:35).

Jesus often prayed to be able to know His Father’s will.  Just like us (Mark 14:36).

Often, Jesus spent the entire night in prayer (Luke 6:12).

The focus of Jesus’ prayers, on many occasions, was the welfare of those He loved (John 7:15).

Jesus agonized in prayer (Luke 22:44).

And Jesus often prayed alone (Matthew 14:23).

And finally, Jesus offered to His disciples then, and to us today, a lesson on how to pray.  We find this in Matthew 6:9-15.  It is known as the Lord’s Prayer but it is much more than that.  Infinitely more.


The Conditions and the Promises

Remember again, the passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 with both the conditions and promises:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

So join with us as we learn about the prayer life of Jesus.

The following is a study on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the Prayer Life of Jesus.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

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What Else Does God Do With Our Sin?

What Else Does God Do With Our Sin?

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Tuesday, June 23, 2020

We have been taking the plaguing problem of self-condemnation and unforgiveness regarding our past sins and regrets and using it as a means to learn how to surrender our lives to the Lord.  And the crux of the issue always has to do with what we choose to believe.  We can base our relationship with the Lord on how we feel, or on what He says.  Which brings us to the great question we looked at yesterday:  What does God do with our sin?  We listed five of ten truths from His Word.  And for today, we have the followup question:  What else does God do with our sin?

Trust me, you’ll be surprised to see the great lengths the Lord goes to make sure we are not only forgiven but feel forgiven and experience the joy of full forgiveness.  Here are the first five we discovered:

One, God forgives our sins and transgressions.  Period.  You can find this truth in Psalm 32.

Two, God covers our sins so they can be seen no more.  This truth is also found in Psalm 32:1.

Three, God throws our sins into the depths of the sea.  This, and the next truth, are both found in Micah 7:18-19.

Four, God tramples our sins under His foot.  The imagery is of a father crushing the head of a serpent who threatens his children as they walk together on a trail.

And five, God removes our sins from us.  How much or how far?  As far as the “east is from the west”, according to Psalm 103:10-12.

But this is only the beginning.


What Else Does God Do With Our Sin?

God has a limitless supply of grace He freely bestows on those who confess their sins to Him.  Let’s quickly list the last five things:

Six, God puts all our sins behind His back.  This is from Isaiah 37:17.  Let the imagery of this verse sink in for a moment.

Seven, God chooses to forget our transgressions and failures.  His choice.  Our blessing.  This wondrous truth is found in Isaiah 43:25 and Jeremiah 31:34.

Eight, God cancels the debt of our sin.  Literally wipes it out.  See Colossians 2:13-14.

Nine, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  This is the second part of 1 John 1:9.

And ten, God “takes away” or removes our sins from us.  And we now end where we started, back at John 1:29.

Again, the choice offered to each of us when we struggle with past failures and regrets is to believe what the Lord says about our sins and transgressions or to hold on to what we feel about them.  And most Christians, especially when it comes to a choice of grace or condemnation, choose the latter.  Why?  Because it somehow feels good to punish ourselves for something God has chosen to forget.

To unpack these truths and learn how to get victory over this, keep listening.

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What God Does With Our Sin

What God Does With Our Sin

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Monday, June 22, 2020

One of the ways to learn how to totally surrender your life to the Lord is to also learn how to deal with your past regrets, no matter what form they may take.  Your past regrets may be a habitual sin, a failed marriage, or the betrayal of a friend.  The substance of your regrets may take on many forms.  But at the root, it is always the same problem.  And that problem is the fact we refuse to believe what the Scripture says about what God does with our sin and instead hold on to what we feel is right and justified.  For many Christians today, that is penance, self-condemnation, and our refusal to forgive ourselves.

Which brings us to the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” final question:  What does God do with our sin once we repent of it?  Or, what does the Scripture say about how God views our sins after we confess them to Him?

These are excellent questions.  But the answer depends on who we choose to believe:  God, and what He says about our sins in His Word or the ever-increasing lying voice of self-condemnation we hear in our own head.  And as with most of life after regeneration, God leaves the choice of victory or defeat entirely up to us.

It is ours to lose.


So, What Does God Do With Our Sin?

Before we begin with the specifics, remember what His Word says about condemnation.  Romans 8,  that incredible chapter begins like this:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

But it gets much better.  Look how the same chapter ends:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Today, we will look at ten things God does when we sin, five today and five tomorrow.  Then, you will have the choice of where to place your faith.  In Him and His Word, which always leads to victory and a surrender of our past regrets.  Or to your flesh and its demand for restitution and penance, which leads to self-condemnation and loathing.

And as always, God gives the choice to us.

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462:  Learning How to Humble Yourself

462: Learning How to Humble Yourself

We have before us, in 2 Chronicles 7:14, an incredible if/then promise from God’s Word.  If we meet the requirements, the if’s, then God will respond in ways that only He can, the then’s.  And the promise of God is that He will forgive our national sin and heal our broken and troubled land.  There are four requirements and three promises in this passage.  The first requirement is for God’s people, you and I, to humble ourselves before the Lord.  Or, to make it more personal, God is telling His people to humble yourselves before He will move.

But what does that mean?  How is that done?  Are there some steps we can use to learn how to humble ourselves?  And, if so, what are they?


How Do We Learn to Humble Ourselves?

In this message, we will discover ten practical steps to learn how to humble ourselves before the Lord and others.  These steps are Biblical and simple, but incredibly hard, especially for those in our culture that have learned that humility and meekness somehow equate with wimpiness.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

As an example, we will look at a Greek word study showing the Biblical definition and history of the word, meek.  Unlike how we understand the word and the concept behind it today, both Moses and Jesus were described as meek.  So it has to mean something more than a man without leadership qualities who is incapable of making a decision.  It has to mean something else.  And when you understand the true meaning of meekness and humility, as used in Biblical times, I think it will help you understand how important and Christ-like it is to humble yourself before God and others.

Remember, the passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 with both the conditions and promises:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The following is a study on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Learning How to Humble Yourself.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

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