Prevail: Your Victory through Jesus Christ (Part 2)

God worked it for my good

Just like He said He would

“For My Good” / Earnest Pugh featuring Beverly Crawford


The spirit’s interceding on your behalf is at the root of your ability to Prevail. Whatever the circumstances you’re in, in the end you will escape defeat. A small setback today may be dwarfed by a bigger blessing you’ll get later; as I heard a preacher say this weekend, why ‘cry over spilled milk’ when God will give you another glass? (and it may be for something better!)


In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:26-28 NIV


I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:10-13 NIV


Prior Series posts:

  1. Your Joy: From the Almighty, Not Amazon
  2. Christians: Do You Have A ‘Gratitude Attitude’? (Praise)
  3. Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone
  4. Prevail: Your Victory Through Jesus Christ

He worked it out, without a doubt.

He worked it out, without a doubt.

He worked it out, without a doubt.

God worked it out!

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Prevail: Your Victory through Jesus Christ


While others may fail, faithful Christians will Prevail.  In Roman 8 we read: If God is for you who can be against you?  Those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior know the answer to this question; no one!

Through your praise, prayers, and faithfulness you hold the keys to a life of Prevailing.  If you enjoy ‘perfect peace’ you are surely able to avoid stumbling and falling.  Enjoy your Joy!


They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”  Jeremiah 1:19 NKJV

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.  Psalm 34:19, 22 NKJV

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JesusPhillippians 3: 13-14 KJV


  • Prevailers keep ‘pressing towards the mark’ because they know the Lord will deliver.

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.  Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthian 15: 57-58 NKJV


  • God gives us our victory if we stand firm. By interceding on our behalf we are ‘more than conquerors’.  It’s not by our own might, it’s by the Almighty’s might.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Romans 8: 31 – 37 NKJV


God Is In Control / Wilmington Chester Mass Choir


But By My Spirit / Mississippi Mass Choir (inspired by Zechariah 4:6)


To God be the Glory.  If God is with you how can you not Prevail?

(to be continued)

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Photo Credit (Cross): Dave King / flickrCC

Your Joy: From The Almighty, Not Amazon

The seventy-two returned with joy and said,

“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

Luke 10:17 (NIV)


A sermon I experienced on April 22nd seemed to fit very well into the current Prevail, Praise, and Pray Series.  I’ve attended my current church since early December 2017.  While the words don’t do it full justice, they address the joy-happiness conundrum that Christians face (my Pastor is an anointed, gifted preacher, in his early 50s, who’d never be mistaken for a statute).

Sermon by Pastor Ronald E. Speas

Theme: “The Reason I Have Joy”

Scripture – Luke 10: 17 – 20

Location: New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (Winston-Salem, NC)

How can one walk with Jesus -and prevail- if one doesn’t have joy? In my humble Christian opinion they can’t!

Below is an overview of the Sermon that my Pastor, Rev. Ronald E. Speas, gave a few weeks ago.

  • Joy is not the same as happiness
  • Joy is one of the ‘fruits of the spirit‘ (Galatians 5)
  • The Lord gives us the power to deal with life’s ‘serpents‘ . . . so that even if they bite someone they won’t harm them.


  • This scripture reminds us that we should: Be aware of who and what you’re dealing with; be humble, not arrogant.
  • Joy and happiness are similar, but they are different in many ways too.
  • Joy is from God (the Almighty), while happiness is “dependent on something happening to one” (i.e. it’s situational). 
  • Happiness is temporal
  • Joy is lasting.  Even in times of sorrow, joy still endures.

  • The joy I have. The world didn’t give it to me, the world can’t take it away.

  • Follow God’s insight, follow God’s warning. Those with spiritual discernment are good God followers.
  • God doesn’t share his glory with nobody”
  • Maintain your joy, because it serves as “your connection to the Lord”. ‘Smile, even when all hell brakes loss’. Forgive.

Rev. Ronald E. Speas


While what I’ve just described is just the tip of the iceberg, I felt it was a Message from a great man of God that I couldn’t keep to myself.

It’s through their Joy that Prevailers endure and thrive.  Joy for those who are connected to God isn’t fleeting.  It isn’t ‘of the world’.  It’s from the Lord.  It allows Christians to have assurance that God ‘has their back’. It allows them to endure with faith while weeping, knowing what’s ‘coming in the morning’ (joy).  While some days you and I will cry tears of sadness, others we’ll shed tears of Joy.

I thank my Pastor, Ronald E. Speas, for telling me -and the others in church that morning- the reasons he has joy.  He got it from our Almighty God, not online or in a store.  Joy, like faith, can not be bought. His joy, like yours and mine, comes from our Heavenly Father. To God, the Joy Giver, be the Glory!  Isn’t he worthy to be praised?  

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo credit: “They Got the Word“, Mississippi Mass Choir

Be An Active, Devil-shunning Christian


This church sign says a lot in just 7 words.  Seen at a church near Greensboro NC, the grammar error is as noteworthy as the sign’s spiritual message:

  • Satan’s best tool is a[n] inactive Christian

Being an inactive Christian is a profound paradox.  It isn’t pleasing to the Lord.

Faith is an essential part of the life of active Christians. The Bible says, in Hebrew 11:6 NKJV, “But without faith  it is  impossible to please  Him,  for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and  that  He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.

Believe that God exists and know that your steadfast faith pleases him. When you hear the Lord speak, listen. The things the Devil wants you to do, while often pleasurable, aren’t pleasing to God.  As the NC church sign above expresses, the Evil One’s ‘best tool’ is a follower of Christ who is inactive. Cafeteria Christians are god-abiding ONLY when it’s convenient. Put another way, that’s like only wearing a car seat belt on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Surely faith without works is dead (James 2: 14 – 26).

Surely it’s wise to submit to the Lord. James 4:6-8a (NKJV) tells us:

But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”   Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 

Lastly, my Pastor (Ron E. Speas) said something recently I’ll never forget:

  • “The Lord will test you, but he’ll never tempt you”.

Some Christians are known by the temptations they take, not the testimonies they tell.  What’s your testimony? Strive to keep being an ‘active Christian’.  Keep the faith and praise the Lord!  Keep avoiding the temptations that the Devil dangles in front of your face.

The joy I have. The world didn’t give it to me. To God be the glory.

“When Sunday Comes” / Silent Praz (Mime Ministry)


I love seeing young, God-fearing people uplifting their personal Savior, Jesus Christ! They are a joyful, anointed group, paying tribute to the legendary Daryl Coley – in this California performance.

The ministry’s name is Silent Praz.  “When Sunday Comes” was a song masterly done by Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, featuring Coley as the lead singer.

The song beautifully embodies the spirit of the Good Friday Crucifixion and the Easter resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Happy Easter from 66 Assurance Way!

Trust in the Lord: He’ll Redeem and Deliver

 

 


After (successfully) battling with a medical afflictions myself, I felt it was time -in this season of Lent- to get back to posting.  To God, to Jehovah Rapha, be the glory!

  • If you are a trusting servant of the Lord and have ever faced any trials, these two New Testament verses should speak to your heart.

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The Birth of Christ: Joseph Was a Believer (Part 2)


When a Sermon lingers in my mind, I know the Lord is trying to tell me something.  I felt compelled to share the Pastor’s Sermon on this blog on this Christmas Eve weekend.  A fuller sense of the Sermon I described in Part 1 yesterday is provided in this post.  

While focused on Joseph, the importance of believing as Christians was expressed as well by Dr. Coates in the Advent Sermon at his DC area church.

Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Delman Coates Ph.D., Senior Pastor.

  • Sermon theme: Standing on a Promise
  • Scripture: Genesis 3:15 (God’s promise), Matthew 13:20.

Below are key points in that Sermon on December 10, 2017:

  • “Joseph believed, Mary conceived (Immaculate Conception), and Jesus Christ achieved“.
  • “Faith is an attitude”.  Believers like Joseph had this attitude.
  • Don’t trust what you see, trust what God said”.
  • Stand on God’s promises, not doubt.  “If you hear God’s voice, know he’ll ‘pay the invoice’ “.
  • God’s ways aren’t always our ways, so believe that ‘some how, some way’ he’ll deliver on his promise. Therefore, don’t worry about time. Trust he’ll make a way.
  • The first promise of the Redeemer lies in Genesis 3:15.
  • I’m acting as if it is so, even though it ain’t so, in order for it to be so“.

Merry Christmas from 66 Assurance Way