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You cannot be defeated

from JO’s sermon tonight:

we all face situations where the odds are against us.  we don’t see how we could get well, how a relationship could be restored, how we could ever break an addiction;  in the natural, it seems impossible.  it’s easy to just accept it, and think, “this is my lot in life”  but David said:

Psalm 41:11 (AMP)

11 By this I know that You favor and delight in me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.

when you walk in God’s favor, honoring Him with your life, knowing who, and Whose, you are, you cannot be defeated.  you may suffer a temporary setback, disappointment, unfair situation, but if you’ll keep moving forward, it won’t be permanent.  one touch of God’s favor can turn any situation around.  what you’re facing may seem bigger, stronger, more powerful, but deep down, don’t be intimidated.  you’ve got to know that you cannot be defeated;  the Creator of the universe has put His favor on your life.  this is what Joseph did.  he had one bad break after another:  his brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery, he spent years in prison for something that he didn’t do.  it looked like that had ruined his life.  Joseph could have become bitter, angry, “God, it’s not fair,” no, he understood this principle;  he knew that because of God’s favor on his life, those enemies could not keep him defeated.  he just kept being his best, honoring God. in the end, in spite of his brothers trying to hold him back, Potiphar’s wife lying about him, and being sold into slavery, God not only delivered, vindicated him, but paid him back for all that trouble.  he was promoted and put 2nd in command of Egypt.  the enemy of betrayal, being lied about and falsely accused, injustice, bad breaks, being put in prison, couldn’t defeat him or hold him down.  why?  the favor of God kept his enemies from defeating him.

you too may have had  a rough past.  maybe you’ve had some bad breaks.  the good news is;  it’s not over.  God is not finished.  God always ends in “all is well.”  if all is not well, it is not the end.  you haven’t seen what God is about to do.  God is about to take what is meant for your harm and use it to your advantage.  God is about to pay you back for the unfair things that have happened.  just like with Joseph, when you keep a good attitude when it’s not fair, do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening, the favor of God on your life will cause you to rise above every difficulty.  it may not happen overnight, but God promises that those enemies cannot keep you defeated.  are you facing a situation that seems permanent?  sickness, addiction, relationship issue?  don’t sit around in self-pity.  God is saying, “that bad break, disappointment, is not going to stop your destiny.”  that sickness cannot snatch you out of God’s hands.  that addiction, trouble, lack, is not permanent.

God has put His favor on you, and it always causes you triumph.  you’ve gotta get in agreement with God;  all through the day, instead of thinking, “I can’t get well, have you seen the medical report?  I’ll never accomplish my dreams,” no, “Lord, thank You that Your favor is turning this around, vindicating, restoring me, opening up new doors.”  when you’re tempted to be discouraged, under your breath just keep declaring it, “the favor of God keeps my enemies from defeating me.”  the more you brag on God’s favor, the more you’re going to see.  instead of talking about how big the problem is, how impossible it is, no, start bragging on the favor of God.  this is what Nehemiah did.  he had a dream to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem;  he didn’t have the $, supplies, manpower, he had incredible opposition, the city leaders weren’t for him, the critics tried to talk him out of it.  he could have gotten discouraged, and thought, “these obstacles are too big, I’ll never overcome these enemies,” no, right in the middle of the difficulty, he said:

Nehemiah 2:17-18 (NIV)

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

he was saying, “the favor of God is making a way.”  he was constantly bragging on God’s goodness.  in the end, he rebuilt the wall in record time;  it should have taken a year or 2, but:

Nehemiah 6:15 (NIV)

15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

when you’re always talking about God’s goodness, “Lord, thank You that Your favor is turning this around, defeating my enemies,” then you’re going to see His favor, goodness, protection in new ways.  you may be in a tough time, but don’t magnify your problem, magnify your God.  the bigger you make God, the smaller your problems will become.  when David faced Goliath, he never called him a giant.  other people did, but not David.  he didn’t brag on the enemy’s power, magnify the obstacle, he did just the opposite;  he called him

1 Samuel 17:36 (NIV)

36 … this uncircumcised Philistine…

not only did he not acknowledge who Goliath was, his strength, power, experience, but he took it one step further and diminished him.  he was saying, “this man is not in covenant with my God, Jehovah;  he doesn’t have the favor on his life that’s on my life.  I know the favor of my God causes my enemies to not be able to defeat me.”  when he went to face Goliath, he said:

1 Samuel 17:46 (NIV)

46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

how could David, a teenager, half his size, no military experience, go out with such confidence and face Goliath, a skilled warrior with a full set of armor?  it’s because he understood this principle.  David is the one that said, “the favor of God keeps my enemies from defeating me.”  in difficult times, it makes a difference what you’re thinking about.  if you’re telling yourself, “this sickness is going to be the end of me, I’ll never get out of debt, my marriage is doomed,” that’s going to limit what God can do.  you’ve gotta switch over to an attitude of faith;  “this sickness is no match for me, this trouble doesn’t have a chance, I have a secret weapon;  the favor of God keeps my enemies from defeating me.  God’s favor causes me to overcome, outlast, accomplish what I could not do on my own.”  in tough times, you’re going to be saying something;  don’t talk about how big the problem is, talk about how big your God is.  say, “the gracious hand of God, His favor is on my life.”

every day, you need to declare this, so you and God can hear it, and so the enemy can hear it.  look at that negative medical report, and say to the enemy of sickness, “the favor of God is causing me to defeat you.”  look at your checkbook, and say to the enemy of debt, “the favor of God is defeating you.”  when you have this attitude of faith, all the forces of darkness cannot stop you.”  if it’s not your time to go, you’re not going to go.  why?  the favor of God keeps your enemies from defeating you.  God can use your cell phone, false teeth, bling to spare your life.  you don’t have to live in fear;  the favor of God is like a shield, a hedge of protection that the enemy cannot penetrate.  don’t go around worried, nervous, anxious, intimidated;  the Creator of the universe has you in the palm of His hand.  nothing can snatch you away.  God has the final say.  the enemy is not in control of your life, God is.  it might look like that difficulty is going to defeat you, but you need to keep telling yourself, “this sickness can’t take my life, no bad break, disappointment, accident can take 1 second of my divine destiny.”

Isaiah 43:2 (CEV)

When you cross deep rivers,
I will be with you,
    and you won’t drown.
When you walk through fire,
you won’t be burned
    or scorched by the flames.

you may be in the fire today.  God is saying, “you’re coming out, not beat up, bedraggled, barely making it, but without a bruise, scratch, better off than you were before.”  you’ve gotta dig your heels in and say, “that’s it.  I’m done living worried, depressed, discouraged.  I know I have a protector, defender, deliverer, way-maker, vindicator, healer, provider, dream giver, promise keeper.”  no weapon formed against you can ever prosper.

Psalm 89:17 (TLB)

17 … Our power is based on your favor!

if you want to be powerful, you’ve gotta tap into God’s favor.  if you want to overcome challenges, break free from bondages, it doesn’t just happen in your own strength, effort, it happens when you go through the day bragging on the goodness of God, acknowledging His power, “Lord, thank You that Your favor is defeating my enemies.”  that’s when God will do things for you that you could never make happen on your own.  when you go around bragging on God’s goodness, He will make things happen for you that you could never make happen on your own.  He will put the right people at the right place at the right time.  our power is based on His favor;  that’s why it’s so important that you activate your faith in this area.  there are enemies that you cannot defeat in your own strength, obstacles that you can’t overcome by yourself, doors that need to open for you for you to reach the fullness of your destiny that you can’t open with your own talent, strength, ability;  it’s going to take the favor of God.  when you have this attitude of faith, bragging on God’s goodness, God will make things happen for you that you couldn’t make happen on your own.  He will defeat enemies that you could have never defeated, open doors that you could never have opened, and cause you to live even when the medical report says you don’t have a chance.

every day, we should say, “Lord, I recognize that my power is based on your favor, so I want to thank You that Your favor is defeating my enemies for me.”  you cannot break bad habits and addictions in just your own strength, willpower.  those strongholds are not just physical, those are unseen forces that are holding you back.  it’s good to do your part in the physical, but you have to deal with the spiritual side as well.  you’ve gotta humble yourself and ask God to help you;  recognize that your power is based on His favor.  without God’s favor, you’ll stay addicted, your life will be limited;  you’ll get stuck.  every day, declare, “the favor of God is defeating my enemies, breaking every stronghold, addiction.”  switch over from a defeated, “I can’t do it, it’s too hard, I tried and failed” mindset, to a favor mindset.  when you tap into God’s favor, He will help you overcome challenges that you could never overcome on your own.

Psalm 44:3 (NKJV)

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.

you may be up against a big challenge today.  you’ve done everything you can in your own strength, ability.  when you come to the end of your ability, don’t see a way, all the odds are against you, don’t get discouraged, don’t let the negative thoughts keep playing in your mind, just keep thanking God for His favor, and what you couldn’t make happen on your own, couldn’t fix in your own ability, because of the favor of God, He will make it happen for you.  God knows how to solve your problems, change people’s minds, restore your health (He’s the one that made your body).  it may look like that financial situation is never going to turn around, but one touch of God’s favor can put you into overflow;  you’ll have more than enough.  God is not limited by what you’re facing;  He is limited by what you’re believing.  when you believe, all things are possible.  when you go through the day saying, “Lord, thank you for your favor,” that’s when God can do things for you that you could never do on your own.

Psalm 44:1-3 (MSG)

44 1-3 We’ve been hearing about this, God,
    all our lives.
Our fathers told us the stories
    their fathers told them,
How single-handedly you weeded out the godless
    from the fields and planted us,
How you sent those people packing
    but gave us a fresh start.
We didn’t fight for this land;
    we didn’t work for it—it was a gift!
You gave it, smiling as you gave it,
    delighting as you gave it.

you may have struggled in an area for a long time;  you need to get ready, God is about to send that enemy packing.  just imagine that sickness packing up and leaving your body.  God is going to send that addiction, debt, struggle, lack, relationship problem, legal issue, packing;  it’s not going to be with you your whole life.  God is going to release the healing, breakthrough, the baby you’ve  praying for, the business you’ve been wanting to start, the person you’ve been dreaming to meet.  notice how God is going to do it:

Psalm 44:3 (MSG)

44 You gave it, smiling as you gave it,
    delighting as you gave it.

that’s the way God is;  He wants to be good to you.  God wants you to live in victory, healthy, whole, free;  an abundant life.  why don’t you get in agreement with God, and say, “Lord, I want to thank You that You are sending my enemies packing, doing for me what I could not do on my own.

1 Peter 1:13 (AMP)

13 … set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (divine favor) that is coming…

in difficult times, negative thoughts will tell you, “it’s never going to change, you’re never going to get out of this problem.” no, down deep you’ve gotta know, favor is headed your way.  keep reminding yourself;  healing, breakthroughs, restoration, are coming.  hope to the end;  keep believing for God’s favor.  get up every morning expecting it to turn around.  go out during the day knowing that you have a secret weapon;  you cannot be defeated, the favor of God is on your life.  you may be in a tough time, but that setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback.  the winds that are trying to stop you, all God has to do is shift the direction, and instead of holding you back, they will push you forward.  some of you are about to see this shift:  God defeating an enemy, breaking an addiction, a relationship restored.  you’re about to be thrust into the fullness of your destiny.  if you will have this attitude of faith, knowing that you cannot be defeated, God is going to send your enemies packing and do for you what you couldn’t do on your own.  favor, healing, breakthrough, victory is coming.  you’re gonna rise above every obstacle and become everything God has created you to be.

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