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)

66 Assurance Way


Photo Credit (Cross): Dave King / flickrCC

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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

Christians: Do You Have a Gratitude Attitude? (Praise)

I came to Magnify the Lord
Praise His holy name
Lift Jesus higher, lift Jesus Higher
Bishop Clarence E. McClendon – “I Came to Magnify the Lord”


 

 
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”    Psalm 40:16 NKJV

Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”   2 Chronicles 20:19,21 NKJV

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 
Psalm 34:3 NKJV


Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!  Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
 
Psalm 150 NKJV

Your Praise is literally music to God’s ears.  It pleases him and drives the Devil crazy!  To put it simply, the God-exalting Praise of a Christian man availeth much!  Having a ‘gratitude attitude’ in your thankfulness towards the Lord is as valuable as your faith and prayers.  Isn’t God worthy to be praised? 

To God be the glory!  Let him be magnified and exalted.  Know where your joy comes from.

66 Assurance Way


I just came to Magnify, I just came to Glorify
I just came to Praise the Lord

I Just Came to Magnify the Lord / Clarence E. McClendon


Photo credit:  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone

Victory isn’t a straight Street. It can be a rough road at times. ONLY in Heaven will you experience the smooth life of straight, no-curve travel that some hope for – during their lives on this planet. 

While the road, and things you encounter while travelling down it, may hinder your reaching your destination (in the way you wish), know one thing:

That you face all detours, ditches, and the like with someone by your side during the ride. His name is Jesus.

  • If you became Saved based on a Heaven-on-Earth promise you were misled.  Heaven only happens in Heaven.  Afflictions and trials will come . . . but they won’t last or deter you from the plan God has for you. Only you.  If you’re stuck in a ditch, or get lost while detouring, how can you ever fulfill that Plan he has for you?
  • You will never walk alone if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Sorry AMEX, but my ultimate pledge is to not leave home without Christ, not your card.  You have God by your side!  While the President has the Secret Service, Christians have Jesus and the Lord’s angels.  Like the 3 Hebrew boys who were throw into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), you won’t suffer . . . because God is ‘in the oven’ (verses 24-25) with you.  Often he doesn’t change the situation, He changes YOU in the situation.  Why fear the Nebuchadnezzars in your life when you have the Lord?

No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You don’t even (in some situations) need ‘a smooth stone’.  Why? Praise is your weapon!

Paul and Silas in that jail (Acts 16) weren’t crying and fretting, they were singing.  We all know how that jail story in Acts ends.

  • Singing, be it in a choir or not, can be a powerful expression of praise.
  • Your church is a common Praise Place.  
  • The powerful video above inspired this post; a Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church (in DC) choir doing a rendition of a classic gospel song written by Jonathan Nelson – “Praise Is My Weapon”.

So, praise him when blessed and praise him in advance. Along with Faith in God, your Praise -in whatever form- is a critical part of living the life of the godly.  It doesn’t hurt to have your Armor on though.  Where is your armor?  Wear it and you will be prepared for the spiritual warfare you face.

Experience joy the world can’t take away.  Praise Him, be steadfastly faithful, and wear the ‘full armor of God’.  Walking with the Almighty has it’s privileges!    

66 Assurance Way

“Hallelujah You’re Worthy” / Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Hallelujah you’re worthy to be praised!

Hallelujah you’re worthy to be praised!



I lift my hands, I praise you Lord

I bow my head, I honor you Lord.


Hallelujah you’re worthy!

Hallelujah we praise your name.

Hallelujah so worthy,

Hallelujah, Lord we lift you up!



You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

Revelation 4:11(NIV)


 


This is a powerful video.  The music, the words, the attire of the choir, the filming of the performance all make this a gem!  I’ve featured excerpts from the lyrics, a few images from the video, and a Bible verse which captures the message this diverse, gifted ensemble tells so well.  The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir hit it out of the park with this one!

Hallelujah, he is WORTHY to be praised.  To God be the glory!

66 Assurance Way



“Hallelujah You’re Worthy”

From: “I’ll Say Yes” – Live at the Brooklyn Tabernacle
featuring The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

For Times Like These, Just Say Lord Please

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As an abiding Christian, know that a prayer of supplication is often what’s needed for a particular situation.  If you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, develop a fervent prayer habit.  Pray, don’t despair.  Look up and keep your head up; be hopeful and remember who your refuge is.  For times like these, just say Lord please

Do you remember how Paul acted when he was jailed?  He didn’t fret, he kept praying and praising!  In his ‘midnight hour situation’, his prayers were indeed answered (Acts 16:25-34 NIV).  For times like these, just say Lord please.  Paul and Silas did; you can too!  

  •  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”   Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
  • The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b KJV
  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV

While it’s important to pray, to keep a line of communication with the Lord, keep three more things in mind too:

  • Be willing to be an Angel for someone else. Through you, yes though you, God may answer another’s prayers.
  • You often in life need to give to get.  You may get a prayer answered from someone you’ve given nothing to. To someone you perhaps don’t even know.  Perhaps in fact from someone who dislikes you, but who God moves to position you for a victory nonetheless.  
  • My Pastor and First Lady (Dr. Rev James A. and Brenda Webster) are celebrating this week 33 years leading my church, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church.  God, Family, and Church are -in that order- Pastor Webster believes the proper priorities of an abiding Christian.  It’s hard to put God first if you don’t prayer regularly, right?

So what does a child of God need to do in uncertain times like these?  It’s simple: Ask, seek, and knock.  Just say Lord please

   Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo credit:  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)