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Victim or Victor (part 2

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We’re going to pickup where we left of last week.
If you missed that, you can catch up on Facebook, Youtube, or even twitter
Adversity
John 16:33 NASB95
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
One thing I can promise you, Is if you are going through a time of adversity, the answer God is going to provide,
May not be the solution you are looking for
You must be willing to obey what He is telling you to do. instead of waiting around for the answer your expecting Him to give.
NASB95“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
The point I want to get through with this message is there is truth, but not all truth is relevant at all times
What do I mean by that?
Was Gideon’s statements true?
Was he from a small family in a small tribe, was he the youngest?
Yes these are all true statements
That that truth did not even concern God and His plans
You see Gideon looked at his situation and responded to the truth he saw in front of him
But God’s perspective on truth is much bigger than his
Did it matter to God that Gideon was insignificant?
In some ways Yes, but not for the reasons Gideon believed
You see God wanted to prove His working
and if He worked through someone who was capable, it would lesson God’s glory
eg Strongman verse child lifting car!
God picked Gideon because of his status or lack there of
Isaiah 55:8–9 NASB95
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
The issue of having a victims mindset, often makes you focus on the lesser truths. Rather than on God’s higher truth
So How do you know if you are living in a victim mindset. Victim Mentality“Look what you did to me!” Victor Mentality“Look what God did for Me”
What do I mean by that?
Was Gideon’s statements true?
Was he from a small family in a small tribe, was he the youngest?
Yes these are all true statements
That that truth did not even concern God and His plans
You see Gideon looked at his situation and responded to the truth he saw in front of him
God’s perspective on truth is mu
So How do you know if you are living in a victim mindset.
One way we can tell is by the things we say when we face adversity! or difficulties
Victim Mentality“Look what you did to me!”
Victor Mentality“Look what God did for Me”
NASB95“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NASB95
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Victim Mentality focuses on man made truth Victor Mentality Seeks God’s truth Above all
NASB95Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Victim Mentality“I can’t succeed”
Victor MentalityI can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
Philippians 4:13 NASB95
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Victim Mentality Looks Inward for the answers
Victim MentalityLooks Inward for the answers Victor Mentality Looks to God for the answer
Victor Mentality Looks to God for the answer
Matthew 7:7 NASB95
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
NASB95“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Victim Mentality Finds Excuses
Victim MentalityFinds and Excuse Victor Mentality Knows Jesus is the Way
Victor Mentality Knows Jesus is the Way
John 14:6 NASB95
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Victim Mentality Makes you defensive
Victor Mentality Knows you’ve already won
Victim MentalityMakes you defensive Victor MentalityKnows you’ve already won
NASB95but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB95
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Victim MentalityAccepts things the way they are Victor MentalityKnows God is not going to leave you how you are
Victim Mentality Accepts things the way they are
Victor Mentality Knows God is not going to leave you how you are
Matthew 19:26 NASB95
And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
NASB95And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Victim Mentality Makes you feel you are under attack
Victim MentalityMakes you feel you are under attack Victor MentalityKnows the enemy is afraid of you
Victor Mentality Knows the enemy is afraid of you
Matthew 16:18 NASB95
“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
NASB95“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
NASB95“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Victim Mentality Just leave me alone
Victor Mentality Knows we’re better together
Victim MentalityJust leave me alone Victor MentalityKnows we’re better together
Ecclesiastes 4:12 NASB95
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Eph
Victim Mentality Listens what people say about you
Victor Mentality Listens to what God says about you
Ps 17
NASB95Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Psalm 17:8 NASB95
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Conclusion
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