I. Overcoming King
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33)
They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”(Revelation 17:14)
A. We must realize that Jesus truly has overcome. If our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3), then we are meant to overcome as well.
B. By the way to be an overcomer means that there will be situations, circumstances, and forces which will resist us from prospering, advancing , and establishing God’s purposes in our lives, families, and region. Therefore, we have to be those who, with courage, arise and obey the commands of the One who has already overcome for us!
C. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
(1 John 4:1-6)
II. Overcoming Servant
And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel. (Nehemiah 2:5-10)
A. Nehemiah is an example of someone moved on by the compulsion of God to accomplish a task. He wanted to rebuild the ruined wall around Jerusalem. The temple had been rebuilt under the ministries of Haggai and Zechariah through the leader Zerubbabel around 70 years before. Now, though the temple had been rebuilt, there was no protection for the city and the enemy had easy access. Nehemiah, a cup-bearer for the king, was positioned by God to make a difference. He stepped out in faith and with the authority of the king to accomplish the task.
B. There are always forces that resist the advancement of God’s purposes in the earth, Israel, and your life. As a type we see the forces that were resistant to Nehemiah in 3 main people. Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite , and Gesham the Arab.
C. Sanballat the Horonite “strength” “cave”
1) a Moabite of Horonaim and the opponent of Nehemiah and the returned exiles in their goal of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem
The enemy always tries to intimidate with the strength of his arguments or cause fear with the unknown (cave). It sounds like “What if?”
Tobiah the Ammonite “Jehovah is good” “tribal”
1) the Ammonite who with Sanballat opposed the rebuilding of Jerusalem
He also comes at us with religious arguments that tend to be based on sectarian, denominational, or clanish thoughts and feeelings. It sounds like “Did God really say?”
Gesham the Arab “rain” ”mixed”
1) an Arabian foe of Nehemiah
He uses unfavorable circumstances to keep us doubting and confused so we will quit and not overcome. It sounds like “Maybe you should wait for better circumstances?”
III. Overcoming Faith
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?(1 John 5:1-5)
A. The Object of our faith has overcome the world, therefore, our Faith through the Holy Spirit empowers us to walk in the same victory that Jesus has already secured. We just have to stand on what He has already done!
B. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
C. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. (I Corinthians 16:8)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,… (Ephesians 6:10-14)