Today at church, the Lord continued to minister to our hearts in a special way. The message we received came to build on the previous messages in our sermon series themed “More than conquerors”. The title of the sermon, “Detained But Not Defeated”, came as a timely word for us in this season.
The dictionary definition of the word detained means to lack freedom. We can be spiritually detained in many different areas of our lives. Pastor Isaac charged us to have a change of mind based on the Word of God that has come to us.
Scripture says it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. We may detained for a season but we must not remain in detention. 2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us that our momentary struggles are producing for us something of greater glory. The word also tells us that, “Sorrow may last for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think and meditate on what is good, right, pure, excellent, praise worthy. We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
We need to approach our battles with:-
1. A new mindset – Romans 8:37 says that in all things, we are more than conquerors! Hallelujah! We are not fighting a battle to win. We fighting a battle that has already been won. We hold the victory because of Jesus Christ. We need to approach the battles we face with the right mindset, with a new mindset…. that we are more than conquerors.
2. We must be fully persuaded – Romans 4:21 says that Abraham was fully persuaded that God will fulfil His promise. We must be fully persuaded, totally convinced that His Word is true and we will see it manifested in our lives.
3. We must pray and have faith in God – Daniel 6:1-23 tells us in short that even though Daniel endured persecution, he was a man who had an excellent spirit and he was pure in heart, he was a man of prayer and he was faithful. He defied opposition because he prayed and believed God. Paul and Silas prayed and worshiped and they saw the hand of God.
4. Constantly feed on God’s Word – Colossians 3:16 tells us that the Word of God must dwell richly in us. We must feed and meditate on the Word of God all the time so that our minds will be renewed and we can live as more than conquerors!
Any detention in your life is only be seasonal. As God’s children, we may be detained but will never be defeated!
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