Tuesday 22 April 2014
Speaker: Pastor Austen Ukachi
“Oh sing to the LORD a new song! For he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have gained him the victory. The LORD has made known his salvation; his righteousness he has revealed in the sight of the nations” (Psalm 98:1-2).
“The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly” (Psalm 118:15-16).
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
In the BIBLE, The Mighty hand of The Lord stands for his favour, his power, his grace, his miracles and wonders, etc(Deuteronomy 4:34-37; Deuteronomy 5:15; Joshua 4:24; John 10:28-29)
Secondly, the mighty hand of God is either for blessing or judgment. This week our desire is to see the mighty hand of God at work. Get ready for spiritual warfare.
The Easter Cantata which held yesterday was meant to focus our attention on the significance of the cross to our faith and in our lives. You would have noticed that the songs we sang focused on the cross and on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice and victory over Satan; while his resurrection reminds us of his victory, eternal presence and that he is alive forevermore. Because of these two events, we have victory today. Now, we live in victory. We stand on the victory of Christ over Satan at the cross.
Thus, the mighty hand of God reminds us of the victory we have in Christ.
However, though Christ has defeated Satan, we know that we are still in a battle (Ephesians 6:12-18). The battle is not over as long as we are on this earth. Though Christ has won victory for us, there are many areas in which we want to experience victory in our lives. In this conference, one true measure of the mighty hand of God is when we begin to walk in victory over those issues that trouble us.
Areas in which we need constant victory include:
- Victory over sin (Romans 6:10-14; Isaiah 59:1-3)
- Victory over temptation (Matthew 6:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Peter 5:8-9)
- Victory over the flesh and sexual perversion (Romans 7:17-25; Romans 8:10-13)
- Victory over pride
- Victory over sickness (1 Peter 2:24)
- Victory over death (Hebrews 2:14-15)
- Victory over poverty (2 Corinthians 8:9)
- Victory over evil (Romans 12:21)
- Victory over fear (Psalm 27:1-3; Psalm 34:4)
- Victory over anger
- Victory over malice and jealousy
- Victory over lack of forgiveness
- Victory over sickness
- Victory over our enemies (Isaiah 41:10-14)
- Victory over Satan (Revelation 12:7-11)
The one thing we must leave this Convention with is victory. We must leave on a note of victory. In Isaiah 66:14 and Jeremiah 16:21, God promises to make us know his power and his might. When we know his power and might we shall walk in victory.
The Mighty Hand of God gives us VICTORY!!