A Recipe for Victory
Intro: This is a great need for every one of us: Victory!
Sinners need victory over sin; over sinful habits; over sin’s bondage and addictions.
Christians need victory over the temptations of the devil and the world; victory over the pressure of our own fleshly nature; victory over the weak-nesses of our Spiritual life.
There is a Recipe for Victory in these verses and it has two key ingredients: The Word of God and Faith.
I. Establish your Faith by Hearing the Word of God.
Just a few verses later in our text passage, 4:12 says that the Word of God is Quick (Alive) and Powerful; sharper than any two edged sword; pierces to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit; it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This book is Not a book BY Man alone; this is not Man’s Word it is God’s Word. It is Absolute Truth and Active Power. It has Power to save, deliver, transform lives; power to defeat the devil and sin and the world and the flesh. This is a Vital ingredient for Victory. Too Often we fall into the Trap of Busyness and neglect the Word of God.
We need to Read it;
Meditate on it;
Listen to it;
Where there is a lack of the Word of God in a life there is a lack of victory also. You will become discouraged; distracted; defeated; and find yourself in a vicious cycle of failure.
Establish your Faith by the Word of God.
Rom 10:17 says that Faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the Word of God.
Not hearing what Everyone else has to say; not hearing what the media has to say; not hearing what some of your friends have to say; not hearing even what some other Christians have to say; but Hearing the Word of God.
The Word of God is FOOD for the spirit and soul. It is Milk and it is Meat. It is for those who have just been saved (babes in Christ) and it is for those who have been saved for a long time.
Desire the Word of God. Take it into your mind and into your heart; Let it live out through your mouth and hands and feet and Your Life.
Establish your Faith by the Word of God.
II. Exercise your Faith by Believing the Word of God.
Notice what vs 2 said- the Word was preached to them, But it did not profit them because it was not mixed with faith.
So the Word of God, as Alive and Powerful as it is, cannot do its Divine Work if you do Not Believe!
When you Do read the Word you must Believe it.
When you Do take some time to study it; you must believe it.
When you Hear it preached you must believe it.
Then when you believe it you will Act Upon it and Obey it.
Where there is a lack of Faith there is a lack of Victory, and again that vicious cycle of failure starts up.
Trying to have Victory without Believing and Obeying the Word of God is like trying to play a tune on a guitar without strings. Trying to have victory without believing and obeying the Word of God is like trying to drive your car without gas in the tank.
- Don’t be Paralyzed by Fear
- like those 10 spineless spies (who knew what God had said but wouldn’t believe it)
- like those wimpy warriors who wouldn’t believe God enough to face Goliath.
- like those mocking mourners around the daughter of Jarius? Jesus told Jarius- FEAR NOT; Believe! But the mourners mocked him and had to be removed from the room.
Don’t be paralyzed by Fear; Exercise your Faith by believing the Word of God.
- Don’t be Undermined by Unbelief.
Hebrews Ch. 3 ends with this statement about Israel: So we see that they Could Not enter in because of unbelief.
Matthew’s gospel said about Jesus in 13:58- He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Don’t be undermined by unbelief. Be like Abraham who Paul said “staggered not at the promise of God being strong in faith giving glory to God.” (Rom. 4:20)
There is a recipe for Victory:
- Establish your Faith by Hearing the Word of God.
- Exercise your Faith by Believing the Word of God.
When you Mix Faith with Hearing, the Word of God will become Profitable in your life. It will bring God’s Blessings and Benefits to your life, and will give you Strength and Victory.