In Christ You Are... part 7 (Sharers in the Victory)

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1. Luke 24:1-3 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 2. Luke 24:4-5 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? 3. Luke 24:6-8 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Then they remembered his words. 4. Luke 24:9-10 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 5. Luke 24:11-12 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. 6. Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 7. Ephesians 6:13-14 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 8. Ephesians 6:15-16 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 9. Ephesians 6:17-18 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 10. Ephesians 6:19-20 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. 11. Easter reminds us the outcome has already been DETERMINED; the victory won. Jesus told the disciples that he would die and rise again, but they believed they had LOST We have what they didnt. We already KNOW how it went down. His victory over the grave has implications beyond FIRE INSURANCE. 12. Walking in victory is a choice to do life TOGETHER. The PRESENCE of strength is not the same as the EXERCISE of strength. Be strong IN the Lord. It isnt simply about who CHRIST is, but who CHRIST is in us. 13. Walking in victory starts with your relationship to Jesus, but you also need to PREPARE for the battle. He doesnt say to put on what is comfortable, but the FULL armor. We need to understand the NATURE of the battle. It is PERSONAL. At the heart of the battle is a battle for your HEART. 14. Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card My Next Step Today is to: ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Take steps to nurture my relationship with Jesus. ( ) Address any weaknesses in my armor ( ) Commit/recommit to following Jesus ( ) Commit to the next series on growing in my love for Christ. ( ) Other________________________