Four Principles Of Victory

March 11, 2015 Save Article

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Exodus 17:8-13 (Program: 2160, Air date: 4.27.2014)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. We are in a battle with three enemies:
      1. The world
      2. The flesh
      3. The devil
    2. The flesh, as it is used here, refers to that inner part of our nature that we inherited from Adam; it is a disposition against the things of God.
      1. Galatians 5:17
      2. 1 Corinthians 10:11
    3. This passage in Exodus teaches us a lesson about the life of conquest.
      1. Egypt represents the world.
      2. Pharaoh represents the devil.
      3. Amalek represents the flesh.
      4. Canaan represents victory, the spirit-filled life.
    4. For many Christians, we have come out of Egypt, but we are still wandering in the wilderness; we haven’t reached Canaan yet.
  1. RECEIVE A GRACIOUS PROVISION - SALVATION (Exodus 17:1-6)
    1. This passage is an illustration of salvation.
    2. 1 Corinthians 10:4
    3. Isaiah 53:4
    4. Jesus Christ is the Rock of Ages, who was smitten for us, and out of His pierced side came forth water. That water represents the Holy Spirit, who is the water of life.
    5. We will never know contentment until we know the Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. REALIZE A GRAND PURPOSE - CANAAN (Exodus 3:3-8)
    1. God’s plan for His people was much more than to leave Egypt and go into the wilderness; His plan for His people was that they go into the land of Canaan.
    2. One reason we need to realize God’s purpose in our lives is for the sake of our children. Our children need to see us move into Canaan. We may inadvertently communicate mixed messages to our children if we profess faith in God yet we continue to wander in the wilderness.
  1. RESPECT A GRIEVOUS PROBLEM THE FLESH (Exodus 17:8)
    1. Amalek the king was a grandson of Esau, who was more interested in the things of the flesh than spiritual things.
      1. Hebrews 12:16
      2. Immediately when we come out of Egypt, Amalek (who represents the flesh) will come against us and will attack us at our weakest point in an effort to keep us from Canaan.
      3. Deuteronomy 25:18
  1. REMEMBER A GLORIOUS PRINCIPLE THE VICTORY IS GOD-GIVEN (Exodus 17:9-12)
    1. Malachi 1:1-4
      1. In this passage, God is not talking about a person; but rather a nation known as the Edomites.
      2. Furthermore, God is not only talking about people, but a principle; and that principle is the flesh.
    2. Romans 8:6-7
    3. We are in a perpetual war with the flesh.
    4. When we are saved, the old flesh is not eradicated.
    5. God told Moses to take up the rod, which was the rod of God representing the power of God, and that rod:
      1. Opened up the Red Sea.
      2. Smote the rock and brought forth water.
      3. Led the children of Israel out of bondage.
      4. Led them out of barrenness.
      5. Led them into battle.
    6. The rod that we are to take up today is the Word of God and the Spirit of God; we are to walk in the Spirit.
  1. CONCLUSION
    1. As Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands, we need to hold up one another’s hands because the victory is God-given.
      1. Aaron was a priest, who represents prayer.
      2. Hur’s name means “whiteness” or “purity”.
      3. We need to hold up the hands of the people of God with prayer and purity.
    2. The battle is the Lord’s.

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