Deuteronomy 20:4 – “For the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
BIBLE TEXT: Genesis 37:12-36
12 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.
13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.
33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.
INTRODUCTION: The Lord used the defeat at Ai to teach Israel the importance of Holiness and the importance of seeking the Lord´s will in every situation. He used this defeat to teach them the danger of pride. – Proverbs 16:18. One of the most valuable lessons Israel learned was the truth that they need the Lord, His presence and His power, if they are going to defeat their enemies and walk in victory. If you are a child of God, then you know something about battles. You know that you have three very powerful enemies that must be overcome every day you live: the world, the flesh and the devil are all out to destroy a child of God. But each of theses enemies can be defeated.
A. WHAT IS VICTORY?
B. STEPS TO VICTORY OVER ENEMIES OF GLORY:
- Make a decision: I will not be defeated in life and I will not quit. I will receive from God. Romans 8:37
- Take your stand in the grace and goodness of God. – Romans 5:2; Galatians 5:1
- Fully expect the glory of God to manifest into your situation.
- Give your attention to God’s word. – Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 4:20-22
- Refuse to speak words contrary to what you believe that you would receive. –Mark 11:23-24
- ……………………………….. James 4:7; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:8
C. IMPORTANCE OF VICTORY OVER ENEMIES OF GLORY:
- Victory over the enemies gives us confidence.
- Victory over the enemies gives us joy. 1 Corinthians 15:57
- Victory over the enemies gives us boldness. – Deuteronomy 20:1-4
- Victory over the enemies gives us more power to succeed. – Job 1:12
- Victory over the enemies makes us to be dependent on God. – Psalm 44:5
- …………………………………………………… Romans 8:37
- …………………………………… Judges 5:1; Exodus 15:1
LIFE APPLICATION: You cannot affect to be defeated by your enemies. Get victory.
CONCLUSION: With Jesus by your side victory is sure. Failure is not an option for you.
INVITATION: To have victory over your enemies you need Jesus as your saviour. – John 1:12
- SUNDAY Hebrews 7:11-21
- MONDAY Hebrews 7:22-28
- TUESDAY Hebrews 8:1-6
- WEDNESDAY Hebrews 8:7-13
- THURSDAY Hebrews 9:1-10
- FRIDAY Hebrews 9:11-18
- SATURDAY Hebrews 9:19-28