At Sunday evening’s service, Brother Scott Saxton was invited to preach for one last time. Scott and his wife Lorraine will be leaving town this week to head back to South Florida. You’ve no doubt seen their camper in back of the church. Keep them in your prayers as they travel and as they attempt to revive their home church, Faith Baptist Church of Palm Bay, Florida. Gospel Light will miss them and we look forward to their next visit to Rochester. You may visit their web site at Tabernacle of Hope Ministry.
The main point of Brother Saxton’s sermon was to prepare us for the serious battle being waged for living souls. As soldiers for Christ chosen by God, we need to be continually ready to battle Satan and overcome the obstacles he throws in the way of Christians. Bro. Saxton said to “learn to have victory in your walk with Christ.”
Bro. Saxton asked, “How do you spell victory? The only true way to spell it is ‘Christ’”, he explained. “Jesus overcame sin and the power of sin.” Seven principles were given to have in your arsenal. These principles will help you see victory in battle.
V = Vigilance (I Pet 5:8) Be vigilant and sober, with your eyes wide open, so that you will be ready to firmly resist Satan’s attacks.
I = Imagine the Consequences (Eccl 8:11-13) Every sin has consequences, either right away or later on. Stop before you sin and consider the consequences. You will reap what you sow.
C = Cry Out to God (Psalm 34:6-7) When confronted with temptation, cry out to God. We can’t do it alone; the power to overcome sin is through God.
T = Take Every Thought into Captivity (II Cori 10:5) Our eyes are the gateway to our soul. Don’t let Satan get a foothold in your door. As quick as possible, within 2-3 seconds, recognize and reject temptation.
O = Omnipresence of God (Gen 39:7) Realize that God sees and knows everything about us as if He was standing right next to you.
R = Rely on God (II Tim 3:16-17) Don’t rely on your own understanding. Rely on the scriptures; properly use and apply God’s Word.
Y = Yield to the Holy Spirit (John 16:13) When we are living in sin, we are quenching and grieving the Spirit. God is not with you and your prayers are not being heard. God will shake us up when “there is sin in the camp.” Get right with God.