Life in Perspective Part IV, “I refuse to be defeated” Sermon 12/27/09


Life in perspective Part IV
I refuse to be defeated
Synopsis of Sermon 12/27/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Revelation 12:7-11: 7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
There is nothing more important to us than our connection and our relationship with Jesus Christ. The bible says in 2 Timothy 2:12 says 12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: This is why if you are not saved, you need to get saved. If you are saved, you need to rejoice that you know the Lord for yourself. Those that are in relationship with the Lord know that we shall get the victory no matter what we go through in our lives. The work Jesus did at Calvary defeated the devil once and for all. The devil is a defeated foe, but he didn’t get the memo, because he is still busy waging war against the body of Christ. He attempts to frustrate the plans of God’s people and that’s why it is important to know who you have in him and to be secure in your relationship with the Lord. No matter what comes, you can refuse to be defeated.
When you take a look at the book of Revelation you have to realize that this is a book that almost didn’t make the Canon or the 66 compilation books of the Bible, particularly because it was highly metaphorical in its makeup. This book was written by John the beloved disciple who became an Apostle. It was John who was at the cross when Jesus was crucified. It was that same John who was exiled because of his convictions for Christ. He was exiled instead of crucified or mortared like most of the other disciples. He was exiled to an island called Patmos. Here John begins to have visions and the spirit of the Lord would reveal things that were to come, things that had been, and things of the right now. In other words the past, present, and the future were revealed to him. What is interesting is he sees war being waged in heaven. John declares that Michael and the angels were fighting against the dragon. Michael was that angelic warrior representing righteousness. John said Michael and devil representing darkness had waged war against each other. What happens in this text gives us a glimpse into what happens in our own lives. We need to understand that this message is being preached because it has a lot to do with what God is about to do in your life. God is about to take you places that you have never been before and you are about to see what you never have never seen before. The devil is not exited that you are about to go to another level. Going to this level, you have to refuse to be defeated. There are things you learned this year. Looking at the things you went through, you realize that you should have been defeated. There is a reason why you are still here. Through this word we are going to reveal why you are still here and why you are going to go on and not be defeated.
I. Participants in warfare
1. The book of revelation is highly metaphorical. Many people are afraid of the book of Revelations and consequently they never read this book. On the other hand, there are many who read the book and don’t understand it. Let’s give an idea of how we arrive at verse 7 which is where we tart this sermon from.
a. Verse 1- There appeared a great wonder in heaven. This is metaphorical, but it has powerful meaning. The scripture says that the woman was cloth with the sun. Rev 12: 1: 1And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: The woman represents the church. The church always had a feminine connotation tied to her. The sun represents the idea that she is dressed in sanctification and justification. The moon represents the revelation of Moses. It is feebler revelation, because even through the revelation of Moses was great, when the New Testament comes, because we couldn’t live under the Law of Moses we were sanctified and justified by faith. As a result the moon is under her feet representing the foundation, yet she is clothed in sanctification and justification. We don’t throw away the law, because it is our foundation, but we are here, because we have been justified. The 12 stars symbolize the revelation that would come from the 12 apostles proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
b. Rev 12:2- 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. – The church itself is always about to give birth. Those who are saved know that it was not easy being born. We had to fight our way through the birthing process.
c. Rev 12: 3- 3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. -The dragon is a symbol of everything that represents the devil. 7 heads ten horns represent the Pagan Culture of the Roman Government. Remember Jesus was crucified by the Roman Government. Rome had 10 hills and had 10 different Governments. This idolatry government represented the Dragon. John said that everything that was Devil seemed to come from this place.
d. Rev 12:4- 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. – Daniel had already prophesied that the devil was cast out of heaven. Satan caused a revolt and he didn’t want God to have permanent residence on the throne. As a result God cast Satan out. Isaiah said he saw Satan fall like a star. When Satan fell, he took a 3rd of the angels with him. Everything that was evil stood before the woman. The woman was ready to give birth and the dragon was standing there ready to grab her child as soon as it would be born. Remember that Herod wanted to come and kill Jesus as soon as he would be born.
e. Rev 12:5-6- 5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. – The woman had a man child and he was Jesus who would be eventually called back up to God. The church was prepared of God in the wilderness and would be feed for 1260 days (remember that a score is 20). Remember the child is ready to be born and the devil wants to kill the child. The mother escapes in the wilderness so the devil heightens the attack.
f. Rev 12: 7-8-7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. – There is was in heaven and Michael and his angels fought against the devil. Verse 8 says the dragon and his angels didn’t prevail.
g. Rev 12:9-9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.-The devil was cast out of heaven and his angels were cast. There is a real devil wagging real warfare with you. We always picture a devil with a red suit on and a pitchfork, but we must realize that this is a real devil. We wrestle not with flesh. Instead we wrestle with principalities in high places.
h. Why would we preach something like this at this particular season (Christmas Season)? It is because you are at the last Sunday of the year that Bishop said you were going to birth something (As prophesied by Bishop for the year 2009). Why do you think Satan was trying to kill everything you birth? This is warfare. The devil couldn’t kill what you birth. Thank God it got here, but it didn’t get here easy. You have to recognize what is going on.
i. When the devil shows up, you have to learn how to cast him out.
Mark 1:23-24 says 23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. – Many people bought demon possessed people to Jesus and Jesus cast these unclean spirits out.
j. Matthew 8:28-32 says 28And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.31So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.-Again, Jesus cast out the devils.
k. Mark 3:14-16 says 14And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: 16And Simon he surnamed Peter; -God ordained us to cast devils out. We have got to stop letting the devil think he has authority over us. We have to cast him out of our marriage, cast him out of our jobs, and cast him out of our lives! We don’t just cast him out we replace him with the fruit of the spirit, the mercy of God, and with praise!
2. We know who Satan is. We know how Satan shows up. Ephesians 4:27 says 27Neither give place to the devil. 2 Corinthians 2:11 says 11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.-You got to know the devil when he comes no matter how he looks. You have been through too much. You are not a pushover. This is warfare. This ain’t the time to accommodate the devil or a time to run. Put on the whole armor of God and tell the devil you got to go!
3. Preachers call December vacation month, because you usually don’t preach about deep topics in this month. Instead they preach about Christmas and things like that. Seldom do you start anything deep during December. So why would we at this time? Because we are trying to teach you the “Power of Worship”
II. Power of worship
Rev 12: 10 says 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
1. Verse 10 says John heard a loud voice in heaven. This was worship. Worship represents spiritual maturity. There was a loud voice of worship when the devil was cast out. There is nothing we can go through, that God can’t get us out of. Somebody reading this right now can testify that they thank God right now for how God saved them.
2. Salvation is about God saving us. When we are weak he gives us power. We need to know that no matter what happens up the road, we have salvation. With salvation we are saved from our problems, before we ever get in them. When we go into a storm, we know we are coming out of it because of our salvation. When we are weak, God gives us strength.
3. The Kingdom of God has come. Rev 12:10b says Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God… When John came preaching in the wilderness, he said the kingdom of God is at hand. The “kingdom is God” is God’s order brought down from heaven into the earth realm. All the drama you had in 2009 is not of God. God is about to change order (kingdom coming down) in the earth realm. God says the devil tried to keep you in carnality so he could control you. Satan’s kingdom can only be powered through our carnality. God is about to put things in order. The “kingdom of God puts things in order. The devil puts things out of order and causes chaos. Salvation comes and now God gives us strength to get through. God establishing his kingdom in the earth realm represents divine order. Now everything that is out of order gets put it in order.
4. There is a reason why we don’t teach Biblical Numerology that often in church. Theologically, its meanings can end up on slippery slopes. However, there is a revelation that can be received concerning the number 10 in verse 10. The number10 does mean divine order. Many people were displaced in 2009. Verse 10 is saying God has come to set things back in order.
III. Attention to the savior
Rev 12: 10 says 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
1. Attention to the Savior. The devil is cast out. The first thing that happened when the devil was cast out was a loud voice. This suggests that the attention shifted to the savior. God needs our attention back on the savior.
2. Accuser is silenced. – Praise confuses the enemy. How does worship silence the enemy? It is because through worship, we make a lot of noise and for the first time, the accuser has to be quit. Ex-Bishop had the privilege of being in Los Angeles on Christmas morning. He was at the staple center watching the basketball game. He said the Lakers got off to a good start, but the accuser was silenced. What he noticed was they make a lot of noise in the Staple Center. They were trying to confuse the opponent. The Cavaliers understood something. They had King James (James LaBron) on their team so to speak. Every time the Cavaliers made a score the stadium began to become quiet. If you just work with king and let him do what he does best, he will silence your enemies. Like the Cavaliers, you might be behind, but you will end up on top if you keep working with the king!
3. Adoration and surrender-Based on what you have been through, you can’t help but to give God glory that you are still here. If he never does another thing, he has already done enough. Based on what we’ve been through we just throw our hands up and give him glory.
4. Proclamation of a winner- We are a winner. Rev 12:11 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. – This verse identifies us as winners. An over comer is somebody who came over. It is simple as that. It is somebody that made it over. We are over-comers.
5. God keeps his word is what this is really about. No matter what we go though, God keeps his covenant with us. God made a covenant with Abraham by saying he was going to bless those that bless him and curse those that cursed him. He says to Abraham that there was something in his bloodline. It was God’s covenant. No matter what we go through, God keeps his covenant. We are part of that covenant, because we are in the bloodline, but our sin blew it. God had to seal that covenant with blood. There is woman that represents the first church who is pregnant with a man child whose name could potentially be Jesus. The dragon standing there ready to kill him. The Dragon knows if that child is born, that child is going to redeem people back to God. This is why salvation has come. Remember that the dragon represents Pagan Rome. When the child is born he goes from the cradle to the cross (his destiny). The child grew and when the child was 33, they hung the child on the cross. Guess who crucified him, the Roman Government. Jesus had already forewarned them that they could do what they wanted to do as long as they didn’t lift him up. He was telling them that if they lifted the cross up or in other words lifted him up, he would draw all men unto him.
6. What does the blood do?
a. The blood – They pierced his hands and his feet and his side. When the blood came flowing down, the blood is what sealed the covenant. There can be no atonement or reconciliation without the blood of that child. That is why the devil wanted to kill that child. When that child’s blood was shed that blood would reconcile his people back to himself. That’s why the dragon is standing between you and your relationship with God. He knows if you get in the blood family, there is nothing he can do, because you are under the blood. It is a Passover. The death angel passes over the place the blood is shed.
b. Removes my guilt- No matter what I did, the blood removed the guilt. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh. Romans 8:1 says the blood redeemed me by grace.
c. Redeems by grace-Because of his grace we are redeemed.
d. Restores the glory-The blood reconnected you to the fellowship you had with the Father. Never get to a point where you minimize the power of the blood. It will never lose its power. There is power in the blood. It will never lose its power. There is a fountain filled with blood that was drawn from Emanuel’s vein. Is there anyone that knows something about the blood! This
e. Power in your Testimony-You are here today because there is something on you that you can’t see. The enemy sees it though. We survived what we survived, because there is something on us. We are covered in the blood. Every time the devil sees the blood, he has to pass over us. They overcame by the power of their testimony. They reminded themselves of what they had overcome and this gave them strength to know God could do it again. There is power in your testimony. When you go through, just remember what you have gone through and know if God could do it then, he can do it again. You got to remind yourself of what God has already done for you. There is power in your testimonies. You have had set backs, bout lost your mind, but you have this testimony right now. You are still here! Been through recession, but you still here! Been sick, but you still here! Give God the glory that you are still here.

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I consider myself a Christian with an envangelistic calling. I like music, art, and computers. I belive that God gives us our gifts so that they may be used for his glory. It is my desire that everyone in the world comes to know God and have a personal relationship with him by means of music, evangelistic ministry, and by understanding the word of God.
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