THEME: “I WILL HEAL THEIR LAND” 2 Chron. 7:14.
SUB-THEME: EVIDENCES OF A HEALED LAND.
TOPIC: Spiritual Triumph.
TEXT: Act 8:5-12, 18-24.
1. understand the meaning of spiritual triumph;
2. comprehend it as an evidence of a healed land;
3. realise the supremacy of the power in the name of Jesus Christ over other forces.
Spiritual triumph speaks of the ability of believers in Christ to overcome demonic operations. It involves control over the flesh, self; authority over demons; casting down strongholds; and living victoriously over sin. This study focuses on these aspects. For many years, the city of Samaria was under the oppressive power of Simon, the witch-doctor, who had astonished the people with his witchcraft (sorcery, Acts 8:9-10). However, when the wind of the gospel blew into the city, the people received salvation and total deliverance (Act 8:5-8). Power shifted from Satan-operating through Simon-to God working through Philip. When a land is healed and comes under God’s control, Christians begin to call the shots.
1. What do you understand by spiritual triumph? See Mark 5:2-8; I Kings 18:36-40.
2. Explain the superiority of Christ’s power over demonic forces in the context of Mark 5:11-15; Acts 13:5-12; Phil 2:9-11.
3 a. Discuss some enviable manifestations of spiritual triumph from Acts 8:5-12, 18-24; Luke 13:16; Gen 39:6-15; John 14:30.
b. Why must Christians aspire towards spiritual triumph? Rom.8: 19; I Cor. 12:17; Eph. 3:10-13.
4 a. Why don’t we have these manifestations as fully as is expected in all our congregations? See also Psa. 27:1-3; Matt 8:26; James 4:4; I John 2:15.
b. What must we do to improve the situation hereafter? II Tim 4:2.
Pride has led some Christians who exhibited spiritual triumph to fall into Satan’s hands. For a number of reasons many Christians are afraid of manifesting spiritual triumph when they have the grace. Avoid fear! Stand up for spiritual triumph! Some Christians are waiting to be encouraged to follow your example. Why?-Spiritual triumph glorifies Christ (Eph. 3:10).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: With courage and faith you too can triumph over every demonic oppression.
MEMORY VERSE: Psa. 27:1-2.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.