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Sunday, September 6, 2015

"More Than: Victorious" by Sergio Arguello


“More Than” 8 week series from Romans 8

September 6th-More Than Victorious

September 13th-More Than The Flesh

September 19-20th-The Spirit: More Than You Think--Gregg Marutzky

September 27th-More Than Our Suffering

October 4th-More Than Talk

October 11th-More Than Known

October 18th-More Than For Us

October 25th-More Than Love (Fall Festival)

Romans 8:35-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.

The focus of today is going to be on what we learn from verse 37

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Slide
Hypernikaō (pronounced—hüper nee ka-oh)
to vanquish beyond, i.e. gain a decisive victory:—more than conquer.

Beating Rick 250,000 to 20,000 at Galaga.  I destroyed him.

Greater victory than that, it’s the victory that comes through Jesus.  The victory over this world to gain the eternal.

Romans 8:35-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.

Vs 37 refers to us as Christians not only dealing with, but overcoming and achieving an overwhelming, a decisive victory (hüper-nee-kaoh) over this world and the pain that we will experience while here.  Here we are like helpless sheep being cut open, to bleed to death so we can be consumed.  A painful and sad existence.  This is our life.  Pain is our life on earth.  How we deal with it and how we respond can and most certainly determine eternity for us.  So let’s focus in today on how we can be more than victorious over this world and over the pain that we face while here.

Our pain can be physical, emotional, psychological,  financial, relational or a combination of a few or all.

Pain tempts us to blame God or become embittered towards God.

Pain can get us to think that Jesus is not enough for us.  This happens when we think that our pain is meaningless.
We can waste our pain.  The surest way to waste your pain is to believe that your pain is meaningless. 
The surest way to benefit from your pain is to look beyond your pain to God’s purposes. There’s a reason fro your suffering.  Embrace it, learn from it.

1.      Our Pain


Pain reminds us of our fallen state and it can make us question the goodness of God.

Satan or our own sin, even life circumstances can hit us with different types of pain:
·     You or your loved ones can suffer death or injury
·     You can go through physical illness
·     You can suffer financially
·     You can suffer in your marriage or family life (children)
·     Loneliness (emotional / psychological pain)—we try to hide this type of burdensome pain and pretend to be happy.  Many of our broken hearts are hidden because we tend to conceal them.
·     Our pain is so diverse and it can be devastating.

Share about emotional and physical trouble and despair my stepfather went through:  World War II (PTSD), 2 failed marriages, bankruptcy, cancer, broken legs in accident, in wheelchair for years, sons that were embittered by his lack of display of love.
He went through it.

·     Have you ever felt inconsolable?
·     Do you ever feel like you’re going through it?
·     If you haven’t gone through it, you will.
·     Pain can paralyze you
·     You need to have a godly perspective on pain and suffering.

2.      Our Perspective


·     Pain will make you bitter or better.
·     God’s beauty and God’s greatness and God’s love is magnified when we trust Him through our pain.
·     If we stop trusting God when we don’t understand things or when pain in our lives eems unbearable, or try to take control back by doing things as the world would have us do it during our times of hardship, we are trusting in our own strength.
·     We need to praise God in every circumstance, even when we hate what’s happening.  We need to trust God’s heart when we cannot see His hand at work. 


Job’s perspective
Job 2:1-10
On another day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

God’s sovereignty gives us certainty! that as He has hung the stars in the sky, in the universe, He is in control.  He is in control, despite of our pain, and not our pain in control of our lives.

ZEALOUS--If it wasn’t for our pain, most of us or all of us wouldn’t be here!  Your salvation is a product of pain!  Yours, the person who helped you become a Christian, and Jesus who died for you!

·     Satan often uses pain to tell us lies!!  Through pain Satan tries to get us to doubt God, to believe that God is not with us.
·     My perspective needs to be based on God’s truth and not on the earthly or on Satan’s lies.

ZEAL--My bible says:
“The Lord is my shepherd” and that…
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil”
“Your rod and your staff, they comfort me”.

·     My happiness should not lie in the lap of Satan.  He is not in control of my happiness.  Job accepted pain in his life as he accepted good things from God, let us also learn from his perspective.
·     There is something bigger and better than what I am experiencing in this world in store for us if we allow our perspective to be spiritual.
There is a redemptive power in pain.
Our pain is meaningful.
God is our ruler and He is in control.
There is a place in heaven waiting for us that are followers of Jesus.
There is a place for those that don’t buy into the lie that this is our home and we should try to be as comfortable and pain free as we can while here.

Paul’s perspective that he tried to teach the church—he learned this from experience: being beat, incarcerated, persecuted, even not being accepted by the brotherhood (John Louis zeal--we often feel like walking away when someone gives us a strange look—it was probably just sister Jackie struggling with indigestion—she probably had a bad burrito).  Let’s look at Paul’s direction on perspective:

Philippians 4:4-9
Final Exhortations
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

3.      God’s Purposes


2 Corinthians 12:7-10
or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

a. Pain humbles us.  God keeps us humble and shows His power through our pain.
When people are going through incredibly tough times you can ask them how they keep going, they say “I don’t know man, I don’t know, I just keep going trying to live a day at a time, a minute at a time.  This brings about great humility.  Pain shows us how small we really are.

b. Pain teaches us to rely on God.  God wants us to rely on Him and not in ourselves.  We need to stop being self-sufficient, and sometimes the only way that this happens is for pain to come into our lives.


c.  Finding joy in Christ.  God uses pain in our lives to show us that pleasure in Jesus is better than pleasure in the world.  God will remove the smaller joys to reveal the bigger and greater joys, the eternal joys.  He wants you to lose the world and gain eternity!!  What a humble and great God we serve.

God has great purpose in our pain; to give us Himself.  The pleasure of Christ is greater than all the pleasures of the world.

Sherman—Response to me Loving Brycklin cars--“Garbage” in John Louis vice and zeal

Philippians 3:4-8
though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

d.  God’s love is enough.  When you’re experiencing tough times, know that God loves you.  Let that be what gets you through those times.  I don’t know how to help all of you.  I don’t have all the answers, none of us do.  God’s love needs to be enough for us.


Let’s find that Jesus is enough when the pain won’t stop, because we are more than conquerors, more than victorious.  We are not living for an earthly comfort or victory, but are competing for a heavenly crown.  This crown can only be won through the victory that comes from trusting in Jesus our Lord.

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