Faith Is the Victory
February 18, 1990
Take God's word and turn with me this morning please to Genesis chapter fourteen. May I tell you dear friend, there is a war going on. Donald gray barn house called it the "invisible war". It is an unseen battle, very real, we're not fighting flesh and blood but principalities and powers. The war is against you. Against your family. Against your loved ones. Against your future. Against life and truth and beauty and holiness and everything that you hold dear or should hold dear. Listen to me, you can not afford to be neutral and you dare not be ignorant in this battle. Now we're studying about faith. And in this battle the title of our message this morning is this: "faith is the victory" we're up against the world, the flesh and the devil. Now the world (that's the external foe), the flesh (that's the internal foe), the devil (that is the infernal foe). And all of these are warring against the child of God. In the passage that I have today, I want to show you how Abraham went up against those same three enemies, and how he gained the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. How faith was his victory. Now listen, and how faith can be your victory. First of all, I want to show you how Abraham overcame the devil to rescue a brother. If you're making notes, -write it down. Overcoming the devil to rescue a brother. I'm going to break into the message at chapter fourteen about verse eleven. Now, when I break in let me give you the background of where I'm going to break in just simply to save time. There's a war that. Going on, and by the way, this is the first mention of a war in the bible and there are four kings who have attacked five weaker kings, called kings of the plain. And there's a battle and in this war the four kings overcome the five kings. Now, with that in mind, I'm breaking in verse eleven. "and they (that is the five kings), took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals (boys and girls, that's their food), and went their way. And they tool Lot, Abram's brother's son." that is, Abram's nephew. "Who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods and departed. And there came one that escaped and told Abram, the Hebrew (by the way here's the first mention of the word Hebrew in the bible and it means one beyond the river, that is, the stranger), for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, brother of Aner. And these were confederate with Abram. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive (notice he doesn't call him his nephew now, he's his brother, that is his brother in the lord), when he heard that his brother was taken captive he armed his trained servants both in his own house, ah, both in his own house three hundred and eighteen. And pursued them unto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants by night and smote them and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus." now here's the key verse, vers ...
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