Sermon – From Overcome to Overcomer

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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV


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Readings

  • Romans 8:28-39
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14

Life is difficult – not only does the Bible say so, but we know it from experience. Do you know how to cope with the challenges you face? Are you in a position to help others?

Remember that we live in the context of 2 kingdoms – the material world and the spiritual world. We must always remember that we are not alone. God is with us! He has set us free and is interceding for us and preparing a place for us. He has promised to never leave us.

He has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. We receive power, being led by the Holy Spirit in triumphal procession and so to be his witnesses and ambassadors. Who then shall separate us from the live of God?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35‭-‬39 NIV

Our walk of faith is not a stroll in the park. It is race to be run with persistence and endurance. The term race speaks of an athletics contest, but the Greek also refers to a struggle in the soul. We are given so keys to handling this: 

  1. Run with patient endurance 
  2. Run the appointed course set for us
  3. You can’t run the race for you buddy

Our journey is also equated with a building. We are in obedience to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, understanding that God is not finished with us yet.

Our faith walk is referred to as a fight. We should recognise that we have an adversary. The road is not just steep, we have an enemy who fights us. But He who is in us is greater than he that is in the world. 

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

2 Timothy 2:3‭-‬4 NIV

You cannot serve two masters. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added into you.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

This is a live of victory! He needs you to abide in him. His purpose for you is to be a conqueror!

He has given us powerful weapons to fight with.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

Join us next week as we discuss these.