STEPS TO VICTORY
LORD WILLING, FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK WE WILL OFFER A
SERIES OF MESSAGES DESIGNED TO OVERCOME ANY SITUATION YOU
ARE FACING: THESE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES WILL WORK, BY THE
GRACE OF GOD, WHETHER YOU'RE TRYING TO OVERCOME
DEPRESSION, RECOVER FROM THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE,
STRUGGLING WITH DIVORCE, FINANCES, TRYING TO
LOSE WEIGHT, or
KICK A NASTY HABIT. IF APPLIED, THEY WILLL ALSO
IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL WELL-BEING. IF YOU'RE FACING HEALTH
ISSUES THEY WILL STILL HELP, BUT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK
WITH AND SEEK YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
ORDER OUT OF CHAOS
When someone has undergone a traumatic life-altering
experience like the loss of a loved one, divorce, lost
custody of their children, loss of a job, loss of a home,
WHAT IS THE
FIRST THING THEY NEED TO DO?
This ministry is not above giving
Some individuals are SO spiritually minded that they’re NO
We can have the greatest experiences and revelations in the
world, but if they serve NO PRACTICAL PURPOSE to those
trapped in this lie called “time”, they are
OF NO USE
to anyone but us.
And ministry is
ALL about SERVING Jesus
I get hit with a barrage of emails each morning and another
barrage in the evening after I finish my day job.
Some are very encouraging and complimentary (thank you!),
some are critical and downright vicious, some are beyond
silly, some contain questions about the Bible and Bible
prophecy, and some ASK FOR COUNSEL about various personal
a "KNOW IT ALL".
There’s A LOT
that I DON’T
However, I’ve learned a few things from walking with Jesus
all these years, listening to His most Holy Spirit,
studying His Word, and from just EXISTING.
The FIRST thing we need to do when we survive some personal
trauma, and as soon as we are able to think rationally
again, is THE
SAME THING THAT
GOD DID IN GENESIS
Re-establish ORDER out of CHAOS.
satan had wreaked havoc on this earth and devastated it
during his rebellion (Isaiah 14:20):
It was barren and empty, covered with water, immersed in
darkness, and in a totally chaotic state. (Genesis 1:2)
And THE FIRST
THING God does is
END THE CHAOS:
1. God determined THE END (His ULTIMATE GOAL, where He
wanted this whole thing to END) (Isaiah 46:10)
You need to
DEFINE YOUR GOALS and decide
want your earthly life experience to end.
2. Then God
BROUGHT LIGHT TO SHINE on the darkness that covered
DRIVES OUT DARKNESS:
OVERPOWERS DARKNESS: LIGHT
OVER DARKNESS. (John 1:4-5)
Pause and meditate
on THAT for a moment.
If you want to establish order,
YOU NEED TO SEE
And you CANNOT see clearly in darkness.
to SHINE THE LIGHT OF THE ETERNAL GOSPEL into your own
heart and mind:
If you haven’t received Christ into your heart,
YOU NEED TO DO SO NOW.
Not next week, not “tomorrow”, but
And if you have done so before, you
need to RE-COMMIT your heart and entire life TO HIM – and
REALLY mean it!
The principle is given BY JESUS HIMSELF in Matthew 6:33:
the Kingdom of God:
and His Righteousness
plus ALL THESE THINGS will be
ADDED to you”.
3. Then GOD sets out TO RESTORE the planet
GOD – and He is
DID NOT try to DO IT ALL AT ONCE.
Repeat: God, being the Almighty One, DID NOT try to do it
ALL at once.
And if you try to fix
in your life at once, you will feel OVERWHELMED and
defeated BEFORE you even start.
The task before you will seem INSURMOUNTABLE, and you’ll
become discouraged and simply throw in the towel.
Instead of looking AT YOUR SITUATION AS A WHOLE, divide it
into A SERIES OF SMALLER STEPS.
MAKE A LIST
of the various steps you need to take in order to get
from WHERE YOU
ARE to WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
List them in the order you need to take them, in order to
right the situation.
assign A NUMBER to each step, in order of
those steps, ONE
AT A TIME.
That’s what GOD
He gathered the waters in one place one day and
re-established dry land, the next day He restored
vegetation, the next He established certain ordinances in
the sky, the following day He replenished the waters with
fish and other aquatic creatures, created all manner of
birds, then land animals and, finally He created man in His
own Image (Genesis 1:1-27).
Then, and ONLY then, were they able to “BE FRUITFUL and
The same principles apply to your life.
We never go wrong by following GOD’S EXAMPLE.
But we’re not finished yet.
Come back tomorrow for further instructions.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016
OFFENSE OR DEFENSE
Whether you’ve experienced some personal tragedy, financial
loss, are trying to lose weight, break a nasty habit, or
tackle some other DISORDER in your life,
as long as
things in your life are OUT OF ORDER, it’s almost
impossible for you to overcome and get ahead.
When things ARE NOT up to date, that’s DISORDER.
If you’re playing “catch up” all the time, that’s
DEFENSE, NOT offense.
When you play DEFENSE you CAN'T MAKE ANY PROGRESS.
When we play DEFENSE
ADVANCING, we’re retreating or, at best,
STAYING IN THE
When we’re playing DEFENSE we live IN FEAR.
And when we LIVE
IN FEAR, we give satan license to kill, steal, destroy
and bring EVEN
MORE havoc and destruction to our lives.
be brought to order, and UP TO DATE.
This may involve
GETTING RID OF a lot of junk.
That “junk” can be emotional, financial, or material in
nature: or a combination of all three.
Show me a person who PACKS JUNK – who “saves” everything,
never GIVES AWAY or throws away anything – and I’ll show
LIVING IN FEAR and battered mercilessly by
You can’t even think clearly
when you DON’T KNOW where anything is, or when you’re
piling junk that you never use.
LET IT GO!!!
Junk IS chaos and CONFUSION.
Get rid of it!
If you don’t want to throw it out, then
GIVE IT AWAY.
Another important part of restoring order is FINANCES.
If you got a ton of past due bills, creditors calling or
knocking on your door, your bank account is overdrawn, and
you can’t pay your mortgage, rent or phone…
Needless to say your finances ARE OUT OF ORDER.
They need to be restored to order.
If the situation is extreme, as I just described, you may
have to file bankruptcy or work with a credit company to
work out a long-term payment plan.
If it hasn’t gotten to that point, then
you need to take
action NOW, bring your accounts up to date, and
GET OUT OF DEBT
If your income barely covers living expenses, then get a
part time job and
EVERY EXTRA DIME you earn should go toward debt
Start by paying off the credit card with the highest
APR and smallest balance.
When that is paid off, then apply WHATEVER YOU WERE PAYING
TOWARD THAT CARD to the next one, and so on.
Everyone should have A LIST of WHAT IS DUE each
month, and the EXACT DUE DATE.
Payments should be made BEFORE that due date.
And please DO NOT NEGLECT personal hygiene: bathe or shower
DAILY, brush your teeth, use deodorant, groom your hair,
splash on A LITTLE perfume or after shave, and wear clean
clothes, including clean underwear.
You’ll FEEL BETTER, and more confident, and others will
FEAR AND CONFUSION (DISORDER) are of satan, NOT OF GOD.
And, unless we ELIMINATE BOTH, it’s going to
be nearly impossible to forge ahead.
When you BRING ORDER to your life, you BRING ORDER to YOUR
MIND, and everything else will follow:
Your finances will straighten out, so will your life, so
will your health, and so will your weight.
We will deal with weight loss in another message.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016
DON’T run away:
We get into drugs, alcohol, infidelity, AND OTHER UNWISE
PURSUITS -- we become shopaholics, we overeat, in order to
“run away” from problems:
to run away from things that we DO NOT WANT TO FACE.
We DON’T WANT TO face that mess at home, or the chaotic
condition in our lives, or the financial stress, so we try
And THE MORE we “run away” THE WORSE things get.
After the effects of such negative activities vanish, after
you recover from the hangover, your problems will still
be there, only BIGGER and DEEPER.
Running away will AGGRAVATE your situation.
It WILL NOT SOLVE
And I understand that FACING our temporary “reality” can be
enormously difficult, BUT IT’S ABSOLUTE MUST in order to
GET OUT of the mess in which you find yourself.
Again: FACING IT is ABSOLUTE MUST in order to
How can you “arrive” at a permanent solution, when you
don’t know where you’re going, or FROM WHERE?
DON’T try to “escape” by drinking, smoking, boozing,
visiting bars and night clubs, maxing out your credit
cards, or watching porn.
NONE OF THAT will fix
Those things and places offer ONLY VERY TEMPORARY
relief, at best.
And what little relief they offer will be OFFSET by the
misery they bring.
You have to FACE your situation HEAD ON.
You have to FACE IT realistically, and
If you do that, YOU’RE OVERCOMING FEAR, and ON YOUR WAY TO
If you refuse, you can COUNT ON things going from bad to
Don’t run away, DON’T SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG, and
DON’T TRY TO “ESCAPE”:
is where I am, THIS is who I am, and THIS is
where it ENDS.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
Serving Jesus and others is therapeutic.
And I’m not “just saying” that.
Show me a SELF-ABSORBED individual, who
thinks about him or herself, and I’ll show you someone who
is – at the very least – USELESS, depressed, and DEFEATED.
SELF-CENTERED INDIVIDUALS are DEAD ENDS.
Stuff flows INTO them, but NEVER OUT of them.
And DEAD ENDS
Look at people who are successful by world standards, and
THEY ALL ENGAGE IN PHILANTHROPY of some sort.
They ALL donate time, resources and money TO CHARITABLE
CAUSES that HELP OTHERS:
Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the late Steven Jobs, Donald
They may not necessarily support the causes you or I would
support, BUT THEY GIVE TO OTHERS nonetheless.
Look at the people that God used mightily in the Bible, WHO
WERE MINISTERIAL SUCCESSES:
THEY GAVE, AND GAVE, AND GAVE of themselves TO OTHERS.
Jesus said that the FIRST, and MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT,
IS TO LOVE GOD with ALL our heart, strength, and might.
And the second is similar: TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR, as
we love OURSELVES.
When we’re SELFISH we do NEITHER.
The ONE SURE WAY TO REMAIN in that negative situation is TO
FOCUS ONLY ON YOURSELF.
If you’re depressed, THE WORST thing you can do is flop
into a chair, BECOME A COUCH POTATO, and sulk.
The WORST thing you can do is indulge in a PERMANENT PITY
PARTY: "woe is me, poor me, look what he/she/they did to
me, look at what’s happened to me":
Me, me, me, me, me and me!
SERVING OTHERS GETS OUR OWN PROBLEMS off our minds for a
while so we can approach them with a FRESH perspective.
It also helps us see that “we are NOT the only ones” who
face challenges and needs.
It’s also PART OF the Gospel of Grace.
MAKES US USEFUL!
And if we FEEL and ARE USEFUL, then we CANNOT see
ourselves as FAILURES.
Again: When we help OTHERS, we DO NOT see ourselves as
After all, if we can HELP THEM OVERCOME
THEIR problems, THEN WE CAN ALSO OVERCOME
Get off your pity pot, DUST YOURSELF OFF, and
ELSE WITH THEIR needs.
Do it in Jesus’ Name and for Jesus’ glory!
gives purpose to your life.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016
We can blame Adam, blame Eve, blame satan for what happened
in Eden, but GOD
ULTIMATELY ASSUMED PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for man’s sin
That’s why Jesus
DIED ON THE CROSS and rose from the dead.
I’m NOT saying that God is to blame for what went down in
But the fact remains that He KNEW “in advance” what would
happen and He allowed it.
Likewise, YOU need to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
for what happened to you.
You may not be the main culprit.
But even if you were “the victim” in the situation, I
promise THAT YOU – not him, not her, not them,
but YOU bear
(The ONLY exception I can think of is if something awful
happened to you as a small child.)
We bear SOME responsibility for whatever has happened in
our lives when we were teenagers and adults.
YOU NEED TO FACE
It may not be mostly your fault but YOU PLAYED A ROLE
You bear SOME
responsibility for what happened.
Even if it’s just
that YOU ALLOWED IT to happen.
It COULD BE that you
made the wrong
It could be that you just “gave in” and chose the path of
It COULD BE that you KNEW your choice WAS
DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WILL and you went ahead with
Born-again Christians who marry non-Christians or marry
members of a “Christian” cult, ARE
DISOBEYING God’s orders. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
asking for trouble.
Don't just blame your spouse, your ex, your boss, your
parents, your siblings, or your lawyer.
Take personal responsibility for whatever role you played
in the situation,
whether small or large.
Repent: receive forgiveness, and LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKE.
Then FORGIVE YOURSELF.
If you don’t FACE YOUR SHARE of the blame, whether small or
large, YOU ARE IN DENIAL.
DENIAL is A LIE.
ONLY THE TRUTH will set us free.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016
Praise Jesus every single day, and MEAN IT.
I’m not talking about ritualistic “empty” praise.
I’m talking about REAL praise that comes from your
heart, which OVERFLOWS from the deepest recesses of
You get FOUR BENEFITS in one:
1. Praise exalts God, elevates you.
2. It REPELS satan
3. Praise CHANGES the atmosphere.
4. No evil spirit will hang REMOTELY NEAR a person or place
filled with God’s praises.
CHOOSE to walk in
God’s Divine, SUPERNATURAL Love.
His love is NOT natural human love.
His Love is SUPERNATURAL.
His love is THE FRUIT OF His Holy Spirit.
And, if you’re born-again, God’s supernatural love is
already INSIDE YOU.
Ask the Holy Spirit to manifest His Love in you AT ALL
Perfect Love which is God’s Love (as in God Himself)
CASTS OUT FEAR. (1 John 4:18)
By casting out FEAR, it CASTS OUT SATAN, and SLAMS THE DOOR
ON HIS UGLY FACE (2 Timothy 1:7).
CONFESS GOD’S WORD
Find God’s promises that deal with your situation.
Confess the Word of God OUT LOUD each day.
His Word RESTORES your soul (and, as a result, restores
His Word CLEANSES and flushes out ALL the spiritual and
emotional toxins that have accumulated.
His Word causes FAITH (TRUST, deeply-rooted CONVICTION).
His Word HAS THE ANSWER to WHATEVER you are
His Word (Jesus) is YOUR SALVATION – not only from hell or
eternal damnation, but
your SALVATION IN THE HERE AND NOW.
His Word is THE SOLUTION to WHATEVER you’re facing.
To recap, the steps out of that mess in which you find
1. Re-establish ORDER out of chaos:
HAVE A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN to reach victory, and implement it
ONE step at a time.
2. DON’T FALL BEHIND on anything: bring EVERYTHING up to
OFFENSE NOT DEFENSE.
3. FACE IT
4. SERVE OTHERS.
5. ACCEPT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
6. PRAISE JESUS
7. ELIMINATE FEAR
8. CONFESS the Word
Say OUT LOUD what GOD SAYS about your situation.
These steps WILL WORK for anyone.
Yes, they’ll work
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