TRAINING FOR VICTORY
In this service, Apostle Edmonds continued with the message "Fight for Faith" and taught on why and how God trains for a victorious life.
We have to fight for faith. This fight is not like other religious people who fight for their god and think they can kill people and go to heaven. When you know the will of God for your family, you fight. You can’t be lazy in the things of God just because you are not able to bring to the discipline of praying, fasting, reading the word of God etc. If you play lazy in the things of God, you will be a scapegoat for darkness and evil powers. Never play lazy. Don’t play lazy. In the Bible we see Christ goes and pray and prays all night. That is fighting. Why does He have to pray all night? He is standing for why He came for. If u r not willing to fight, the devil is already fighting. He will take your family, business, job, health etc. This is a fight where we are announcing what Christ has done for us. This fight we are insisting that we are victorious and satan must act accordingly. There is only one winner in all games. Jesus is the winner man of the eternal game of our souls. People can successfully steal things from you, but they should not be successful to make you what God has not made you. You should be the way God wants you to be. We are New Testament church. We enjoy grace. It takes work to enjoy grace. You have to do something to enjoy grace. You have to believe, confess, love etc. to enjoy grace. It takes action to enjoy grace. Not the dead works of the Old Testament but corresponding work. Grace does not work only for you but you are also responsible to grace. The scripture says work on your salvation.
TRAINING FOR VICTORY
If you go to church without a jotter and a pen, what kind of attitude is that? If you have that kind of attitude you are not trained for victorious life. In an organization, when you are introduced to a new task they train you. They prepare the employee for a greater task. In the same way, every message is preparing you for a victorious life. We are all victorious through Christ .but you need to know how to carry your life of victory. You life is victorious. It is not by effort. You have received this victorious life. Christ knew when to pray, when to confess, when to command etc. He lived victorious life. He is the first new creation. Christ was begotten of God again when He resurrected from dead. He was the first begotten when word became flesh. So, He gave us victorious life
Hebrews 12v1 – In this passage of scriptures, we look at Jesus as an example as we train ourselves for victory. Holy Spirit wants to train us for a victorious life. Why it is important for the Holy Spirit to train for victorious life? It is because victorious life is a powerful life. And if you not trained for the victorious life, that life will leave you. If you spend the victory, victory will spend you. Power can be intoxicated. Success, victory etc. are powerful. So, if God did not prepare you for a successful life, you will be puffed up and will fall into pride. When you are not trained for success, you will look down on people who did not get into it and you will be trapped by your own success. So, while training you for this life, He makes you to know that the authority you have received and gave you, when you see it bringing results, don’t get excited. Be excited about the relationship between He and you. In the book of revelation, He said they overcame by the blood of the lamb and by the Word of the testimony. This testimony is mentioned in the book of 1 John that says God has a testimony of Jesus Christ that He is the son of God. He who believes that Jesus is Christ is the one who has overcome the world.
In the book of Luke 10v18-20, He says do not rejoice but practically it is very difficult not to rejoice over a miracle. The reason He said not to rejoice is because He is training you for a victorious life. It is difficult for you not to rejoice but when you are raised for a victorious life, you will stop that childish attitude of celebrating the miracle which Holy Spirit performs through you. Jesus never celebrated the miracle performed by Him. So, His relationship should control you and not the victory or a miracle. Celebrate that you are a son of God, celebrate that He has given you birth certificate and gave you citizenship in the Kingdom of God etc.
Look at yourself and the talent He has given to train you. How do you see people with the talent you have? If you see the people with that talent and have been a blessing to them, you are in the right place. But when you see the people with that talent and you are embarrassed and you are not able to mingle with them, you are killing yourself. Are you making the life of others better or you have kept like that fellow who dug and kept that talent?
If you are not trained for success, it will push you like waves. When a ship sails, the best way is to follow the waves. But in Christ, He is the way. We do not follow the waves of our situations. He can make waves in the midst of opposite waves. So, you cannot speak that you have given up to your situations. If you think you know anything in the Bible and you are not able to share it, you don’t know anything. Victorious life is given to everyone no matter how young you are or how old you are. God has to train you for the successful life He has given you. He does not have difficulty in using you but He has difficulty in making you to understand Him. God does not have difficulty in dealing with demons because He created them and knows how to wipe them out. But He has difficulty in dealing with humans. When God works with us, He wants us to understand Him. In the book of Isaiah 55v8, the Bible says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”. But in the New Testament, we have the mind of Christ mind. We are mentored by Christ consciousness. We are trained by Christ life. We look, read, learn and we become what we read.
No rule is better than love. Love will give you the rules, the passion and the pursuit. In the love of God, when people cause you to be what God has not made you to be, just let it go. The Lord said “The zeal of your house has consumed me.” Where is your zeal? Your zeal is what keeps you in training classes of the Holy Spirit. A believer who is always with the Bible is a believer who is always with gun.
In Hebrew chapter 12v5-6 we see how God raises his Sons? He raises His sons by correcting them. So, if you are someone who is always uncomfortable about correction all the time, then you are in a place where you cannot perform. Hence, allow God to train for a victorious life.
(Message by Apostle Edmonds Owhorode, extracted from Sunday Service dt. 12.05.19 by PR)
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