POSITION YOURSELF FOR VICTORY
September 12, 2021
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (NIV)
57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.
We can experience victories… when we ourselves for it!
Exodus 17:8-11 (NLT)
8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”
10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill.11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage.
 We position ourselves for victory… when we our of faith!
Exodus 17:12-13 (NLT)
12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-13 (NIV)
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
 We position ourselves for victory… when we God before we get the !
RICK WARREN —
“What’s the difference between gratitude before and gratitude after? If I wait to thank God until after he answers my prayer, that’s gratitude. But if I thank God in advance, before he answers my prayer, that’s faith. We always want to thank God when he answers our prayers, but we show faith in God if we also do it beforehand.”
Hebrews 11:6 (Amplified Bible)
6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
Jonah 2:7,9 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
7 “As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord.
My prayer came to you in your holy temple…
9 But I will sacrifice to you with songs of thanksgiving.
I will keep my vow.
Victory belongs to the Lord!”
 We position ourselves for victory… when we and !
Mark 9:29 (NKJV)
So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
3 Types of Fasts:
Absolute: no food or water
The max for that would be 3 days and you should talk to your doctor first before attempting anything like that.
Abstaining from food but drinking lots of water
Maybe you fast one or 2 meals during the day.
Maybe you fast from sunrise to sunset.
Maybe you fast for 24 hours or several days.
Can be done in a variety of ways
Could be particular foods you crave.
Could be only consuming only liquids.
Animal products, sugar, bread etc –
Basically eating vegetables, fruit and beans.
Isaiah 58:6, 8-9 (NLT)
6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want…
8 “Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9 Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
 We position ourselves for victory… when we for God !
Joshua 14:7-9, 13-14, 24 (NIV)
7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly’…
13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel wholeheartedly…
24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
Wholehearted: completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic
2 Chronicles 31:21 (NLT)
21 … Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NIV)
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…
Luke 10:27 (NIV)
He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…”