The undefeated One has claimed victory for us. We receive the victory and are on the throne with the Risen One. Our enemy fears the name of Jesus. Victory is what we learn in the Word of God. Our comfort is in the Scriptures. The living Word rose from the dead. Grace is what has won life. Love rose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Galatians 2:20; Isaiah 59:19)
Speaker(s): Pastor Steven Scibelli
6:30 PM on 4/12/2020
P. Scibelli –
What a might God! Thank you. Thank you everyone for being here tonight. Amen! Blessed Easter. Say it to yourself right where you are. Blessed Easter! I had a blessed Easter. That was unique and unusual, the
I.T. people, the people that handled the parking lot today. P. Steve, all the work you did. You
got a lot of exercise today walking around. My wife and I didn’t want to leave. I thought I’d stay
in the parking lot until tonight and just enjoy the anointing from the parking lot. Great message,
P. Schaller today. It was an awesome day. It was a day we will never forget. I really believe that.
A day we will never forget. It was amazing. I want to speak about victory today. When I think
about Easter. We heard about an empty tomb.
An empty tomb speaks of victory. I love the song about the undefeated one. We’ll pray as we begin this time and trust God for the prayer tonight. Maybe something personal in your life. This is a day that there is resurrection life in
some area. Maybe anxiety goes and peace is resurrected. Maybe fear goes and love is
resurrected. Doubt goes because certainty is resurrected. Maybe a habit goes because a
pattern of Christ’s personal life has been resurrected, something very unique and specific in
your life. Maybe a financial burden goes because the riches of grace has been resurrected. As
we pray, believe today for your personal life.
We understand the aspect of the power of as resurrection, an historical resurrection, but the power of resurrection life. Paul spoke about it in Philippians. 3:10. To know him and his power that resurrection life gives. What a power. What a victory we have. 1 Corinthians 15. I love that song the undefeated one. Victory. Often times we think
about victory and maybe for us it’s abstract, but God wants it to be so personal in our lives. This
is a great verse on the chapter of the doctrine of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:55. BUT – that
word is so powerful. Means a change in thinking. But thanks be to God which gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 is very similar.
If you read this in the original “thanks” is a derivative of grace. Only reason I thank God is God has given me grace. How often? Always causes us to triumph in Christ. Any victory that I have is because Jesus Christ has won a
victory and he gives me the victory that he’s won. I receive the victory that he has won. We
have a song we used to do in Ghana. I’m not going to sing it but say some of the words. Jesus
wins. I am in. No more sin. You say, yeah, but we sin. I know experientially but we are perfect in
Christ. We are on the throne with the undefeated one. Halleluiah. We are in a place that Satan
really – when the Bible says the wicked one touches us not, the word “touch” means to modify
or handle or change you.
That can never take place. He can come at us. He can project. He can
somehow at times by given permission things can happen, but greater is he that is in us than he
that is in the world. That’s speaking of Jesus Christ and particularly the Holy Spirit. We’re talking
about victory. Victory. Even if you say tonight, I know what you are saying P. Scibelli. I
understand that, but I am not experiencing -what’s happening in my life seems like one defeat
after another. That’s because you may be analyzing it or looking at it by sight in response to
sight and feelings and maybe a lie that comes from the enemy when you and I are absolutely
victorious. We have amazing victory in Christ. That’s incredible.
Regardless of what is taking place in my life. Maybe there is a struggle in the marriage, but I have a victorious marriage. Maybe there is a struggle in my personal life, but I am in Christ and I’m perfect in Christ. Maybe
there is a struggle at work or with finances or a struggle with some aspect of the old sin nature that is a pattern and seems to have an upper hand in my life. I got to live based on positional
truth and let positional truth by faith be the answer in my experience. I trust God for who I am
in Christ. Paul said in 1 Corithians 15:10, “I am what I am by the grace of God.” And this grace was
more than just positional; It caused me to labor more abundantly than you all, yet not I but
Jesus Christ. I was thinking of that name today, Jesus Christ.
Say that name out loud right in your house. Jesus Christ. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. The enemy fears that name. The world hates that name. The old sin nature wants nothing to do with that name. At the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, and every tongue would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God
the Father. The name of Jesus. Do you remember the first time you heard it? Maybe it was in
church and you were not a Christian. You were going to a church or maybe you were
unchurched, and someone spoke to you and they said that name, “Jesus.” Maybe in the
beginning it caused you a little bit of shyness and you didn’t want to have anything to do with it
when someone said “Jesus” to you.
I can remember it happening to me. I heard the name Jesus but had never been witnessed to. I was in a foreign country at an Eric Clapton concert, if anyone knows you that is. He was singing a song, “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.” A person came up to me and said do you know that Jesus Christ wants to live in you? I
thought they were crazy. I didn’t want to hear the name of Jesus at that concert. Someone
picked me out. There had to be ten thousand people there. I was thinking to myself, what in
God’s name is this person talking to me for? God had a plan. The name Jesus, Jesus. When I met
somebody in the early ‘70s. I was coming out of my grandfather’s bar room and restaurant and
they said Jesus loves you. I said please get out of my face.
They kept saying the name Jesus and the more they said it, the more aggravated I got. When I went home, night after night until I got saved I could keep hearing that name. Jesus. Can you say it? Jesus. Jesus. What a victory he has given us. Thanks be unto God he gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Victory. I
was thinking about victory today, the victory of God’s Word. Wow! Thank God we have the
Bible. We wouldn’t know about Easter without the Bible. We wouldn’t know about church
without the Bible. We wouldn’t know about heaven without the Bible. We wouldn’t know
about hell without the Bible. We wouldn’t know about being born again without the Bible.
What a victory we have in Jesus who is the Word. He’s the Word.
I have a victory in the word. I can think with God and have the mind of Christ. I can have God’s thoughts. What a victory. Not to live in my own thoughts but to live in God’s thoughts. The thoughts I think towards you they are thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you hope in the outcome, Jeremiah 29:10-11. My
thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways not your ways. My thoughts are higher in Isaiah
55:8-10 than your thoughts. That makes my ways higher than your ways. What a victory. I can
have God’s thoughts and mind. What a victory in God’s Word. I never want to take it for
There’s so many times we could be thinking and doing so many other things than
opening this precious book. Thank God we are brought into a ministry that had a victory based
on the Word of God, 1 John. 2:14, young men, the wicked one cannot overcome you because you
have the Word of God. What a thing for young people to do in their life. I’m not against getting
an education if it may be, something that can help you through the temporal materialistic life
and maybe even to raise a family, but what about learning the Word of God. Learning the Bible to be a Bible man, a Bible woman, a Bible teenager. Think about the Word to go to Bible school.
There’s victory in the Word.
So many people try to get so much victory outside of the Word. But
he is the Word. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was
God. The Word became flesh. What a victory we have because of this incredible Bible. Paul said
to Timothy I:18 and 6:12 about fighting a good fight. Through the prophesies or the inspired
teaching and preaching of the Word of God you war a good warfare. You fight with the Bible.
We got victory because we have the Bible. How many times in my personal life have I lived
experientially defeated because I did not adhere to and receive God’s thoughts from this book.
Are you there? Don’t go get the popcorn.
Stay with me. Victory in the Word. I remember going in the hospital to see a precious man of God who had a horrible accident. The accident was the second one he had that really did something to his brain, a head accident. They said this man will never do anything again. He’s brain dead. He’s physically, – I don’t know how they were
keeping him alive. There was no, I don’t know what they call that, something in the brain.
Nothing was taking place. They had him hooked up to a machine. I said to the doctor can I go in
there? He said well nobody is in there. It’s intensive care, ICU unit. You really shouldn’t go in. I
said I’m his friend. I’m his cousin, and actually we are cousins, and I’m a pastor. He goes, what
are you going to do, pray? It was a mocking doctor.
Thank God for great doctors and this one was not like that. He was mocking. You’re going to pray? You’re going to talk about Jesus or something? We went in there and we started to pray and held his hands. We prayed for ten or
fifteen minutes. As we were praying, I don’t know what happened, but a nurse came in and said
what are you doing? There is something happening on the machine. There is a brain wave
taking place. You know what that man, he’s now fifty years old, -that man is still in church
today. He’s in a butcher shop cutting meat. They said impossible. Well, victory with the Word!
Victory with the Bible! How many problems are there out there. There is alcoholism, drug
addiction, pornography addiction, adultery, fornication, anxiety, fear, doubt, human reason
There’s massive amount of people watching if it’s not TV there’s health issues, age
issues. There’s so many things out there going on and so many battles we face. How many
people realize the importance of the victory of the Word. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.. Casting down. That’s in
Corinthians. There’s a lot of things going on in that church. Casting down vain imaginations and
every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring every – how many
thoughts? Every thought into obedience to Christ. I have victory in the Bible. I can experience
victory. People come at us, maybe someone doesn’t like you or someone turns on you. You had
a friend and they are not a friend anymore. There is such comfort in the Scriptures.
It’s a book of comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:1-3, God can comfort us as the Holy Spirit who wrote the book and the Holy
Spirit who lives in us. And we go to the Bible and we get comforted in our affliction. What a
victory in the Word! The Word rose from the dead. He was the Word. He rose from the dead.
The living Word, not dead letter but the living Word. Next is the victory of faith. You think
anybody can go against this guy, Goliath. Here comes a little shepherd boy with a sling and five
stones. He had five stones because Goliath had four brothers. This is the victory of faith, 1 John.
5:4. This is the victory over the world even our faith. It’s not my faith. He is the Word and he
gives me the Word and he gives me his faith. “You need more faith.
You don’t have enough faith.” I never had any to begin with. I live by the faith of the Son of God, Galatians 2:20, Philippians.3:9, Habbakuk. 2:1-5. It’s God’s faith. What kind of faith did I have before the H.S. came into my life? Nothing. Just something natural. But when God comes in and the Holy Spirit regenerates us, and we are born
again. Now we have the character and nature of God who is the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is
God. He’s living in. Does the Holy Spirit have faith? Yes, he does, so now I live by his faith. Faith
gives me a victory. So many times I can live by sight or human reason, experiences and what
not instead of living by faith. We know what the Bible says is Hebrews 11 now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Now.
Now faith is, not yesterday or tomorrow. Now. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. Impossible to please God. Faith. The victory of faith. I have faith that Jesus rose from the dead. We have faith that Jesus was
God who became man. We have faith that he lived a perfect sinless life. We have faith he had
victory. We had faith that the cross and the blood, our sins are paid for. We have a mercy that
rejoices over judgment. Faith in God. The victory of faith. You are going to take Jericho. Just go
around seven times and then on the seventh day, shout! What does Joshua need to have?
Faith. Moses, strike a rock and water is going to come out. Faith. Abraham, get out of thy
country and from thy kindred, your family, your parents and your immediate family, get out of
That’s the victory of faith. Genesis 15 the shield of faith. Faith is a great victory. We live
by the faith of the son of God. What a victory we have! We believe God. Nobody else believed
in Acts 27 out of 276 people on a boat. Paul said I believe God it will be even as he told me.
What happened? They made it alive. That’s called the victory of faith. What a victory. Satan
hates the Word. He hates faith. He does everything he can to take it away from people and
from this life. Why? Because of the incredible victory. Paul said at the end of his life in 2 Corinthians 4:7,
I fought a good fight. I fought a good fight. Christianity is a fight. I finished my course or race. I
kept the faith. It was delivered to me by God himself.
It’s his faith. I just keep it. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, not just him but all those who love his appearing. I have faith Jesus is coming back. Do you have faith that Jesus is coming back?
Maybe tonight. Maybe tomorrow. I don’t know when. I’m not a predictor of what is going on,
but I have faith that Jesus is coming back. I have faith when you say yes to Christ and make a
decision with your volition that you are born again, and you enter the kingdom of God. You’re
translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Simple faith. I had a
message years ago called, “Simple Faith Defeats Sophisticated Darkness.” Simple faith in God.
Childlike faith. Little children they just believe God.
You know the story I told of the mother who was absolutely given up for dead. She was dying of a disease and what not and the father was an unbeliever. One night the father came home, and the little girl was on this side of the bed
praying, please Lord. Oh Lord Jesus please, please. I love my mommy. I have faith in you, and I
love my mommy. She would go to the other side of the bed and she goes, yes, little Mary. I hear
your prayers and your mother is going to be healed. Then she went back over to this side of the
bed. She said, thank you Lord Jesus for the promise you will heal my mother. The father was
watching this. He got saved and the mother got healed. That’s called what? Faith.
The victory of faith. It’s incredible. How many people live based on their situation and not simple faith in God.
It’s not ours. It’s given to us, the sources of faith. God himself and his love. He’s the author and finisher of faith. It doesn’t even say our faith. He’s the author and finisher of faith. It’s his faith.
Victory in finances by faith. Victory in a marriage by faith. Victory over bad habits by faith.
Victory over sin or thorns in the flesh or besetting sins by faith. He is the undefeated one. Jesus
is the undefeated one. He is the Word and it’s his faith. Next, the victory of his grace. We’re
saved by grace, Ephesians. 2:5-8. We grow strong in grace. We are delivered in Titus 2:11-12 by grace.
The victory of grace.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but the victory comes
through the very grace of God, his nature and character. 1 Peter 5:5 God gives grace to the
humble. 1 Peter 5:10 the God of all grace who has called us to eternal glory after you have
suffered a while make you perfect and establish, strengthen and settle you. In 5:12-13, this is
the true grace wherein you stand. Peter experienced the victory of grace. Noah found grace in
the eyes of the Lord. The grace of God in Exodus 33 and 34 given to Moses. Amazing. Paul getting
grace in Acts 9 and then proclaiming it, Timothy being told to be strong in grace. We have a
victory and it’s in his grace.
My grace is not anything at all. It’s his grace. How many times have
you prayed for this torn to go away? My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect
in your weakness. Someone said this in a translation of that portion: Jesus was telling him stop
praying about this. My grace is sufficient. The thorn and grace is better than no thorn and then
you forgetting about grace. You are going to keep the thorn because you got the God of all
grace. The victory of grace for the apostle Paul, for Timothy, for Titus when he was on Crete
with nothing but passive people that were very difficult.
The victory of God’s grace. Salvation by grace, growing by grace, having relationships through the grace of God. The victory of Grace. Next, the victory of his love. I love it! The victory of his love! We are more than conquerors
through him who loves us. The victory of love 1 Corinthians 12:31. I show you a more excellent way.
That word is HUPERBULE. I’ll show you something above and beyond what you can even think.
He goes into this amazing portion in 1 Corinthians 13 and the greatest is love. What a victory we have
because God loves us. The love of God was the motivation for him giving us his amazing Son
and his life. The victory of God’s love. God’s love not human feelings, not human love, not
physical love, not natural love. God’s AGAPE love.
Giving of his own self. Sacrificial love. Eternal love. Constraining love. This is the love of God that changes people, that changes Onesimus in the book of Philemon. That changes Joseph and his brothers. The victory of AGAPE love. We have this incredible love and the Holy Spirit sheds the love abroad in our hearts. The victory of
God’s love. Incredible. He loves you. He loves me. Love rose from the dead. God is love. God is
the God of all grace. God is faith, and God is the Word. The victory is in Christ. The victory is in
the name Jesus, the undefeated one. He’s the undefeated one. I’m excited about this. This is a
victorious message. Victory! Victory! Victory in God’s love.
Next, victory in the finished work. It is finished. TETELESTAI. There was a group named that years ago. It is finished. I love it. It’s in the perfect indicative passive. Don’t let that throw you. Perfect, it’s eternal. Indicative,
absolutely true. Passive, you receive it by grace. It’s perfect, eternal. Indicative, it’s absolutely
true, and passive, it’s received freely by grace. It is finished! What an amazing truth. The blood,
the cross, it’s finished, the person, the work of the cross and the blood of Jesus Christ. The
finished work. They came back and said thank you you sent us out and even the devils were
subject unto us.
Halleluiah! He said, rejoice not in that, that the devils are subject unto you, but rather rejoice that your name is written in heaven. Halleluiah! My name is in heaven. I don’t think there is any last name, but there’s a name there. My name is written in heaven! It’s finished! It’s finished! Satan can’t touch the finished work. He tried in Isaiah 14 to be like the Most High and to ascend but he was booted out. He hates that idea. He’s an enemy. But God
destroyed him, the enemies even the last enemy being death. Victory! Victory in the finished
work. God sees Aaron in the finished work. He doesn’t see him in his making of a calf when
Moses is gone. God sees Jacob in the finished worked and calls him Israel.
God sees Abram in the finished work. He calls him Abraham. He brings Saul to Paul and Simon to Peter. This is how
God sees. He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, Numbers 23:18-19. What a victory we have in the
finished work. The day we believe we’re in. I’m in! Finished! I don’t have to do another thing. It
doesn’t mean I live a passive life and say, oh, it’s a finished work and go live like hell. No, no,
because God disciplines, lovingly disciplines. I have victory in the finished work. Next, I have
victory in the Holy Spirit. The person of the Holy Spirit. He makes it known to me on a daily
basis as I’m filled.
I confess my sins and conviction comes, he convinces me, and I have victory.
In Revelations 2 and 3 the churches were told he who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the church. He that overcomes, overcomes. Seven times. Overcomes, overcomes,
overcomes, overcomes, overcomes, overcomes, overcomes. The Holy Spirit’s life. The Holy
Spirit’s power. The Holy Spirit, the victory in the book of Acts. From Acts 2:41-47 and on and on
through the whole book of Acts, Acts 4 and 5 and 8 and on we go. Acts 13 the Spirit speaking.
Acts 16 the Spirit leading. The victory of the person of the Holy Spirit. It’s incredible. We have
this incredible victory with the person of the Holy Spirit living in us.
He fills us, cleanses us, leads us, guides us. Finally, the victory of the church. Jesus Christ is all of these. He’s the Word. It’s his Word, his faith, his grace, his love, his Spirit, his finished work and now it’s his Body, the church.
I will what? I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Jesus didn’t say
I will build your Jesus, or you will build my church. It’s I MY. I will build my church. The gates of
hell can’t touch it. There’s victory in the church. A lot of Christians that don’t go to church, they
are saved, and they will go to heaven, but they don’t experience the victory they could have by
being in the assembly. Where would I be without this church?
Where would you be without your church no matter what the church is? I don’t know what I would be doing. I’d be roaming around doing something nonsensical and calling it spiritual. I need the church and the church
needs me I need the church. My family needs the church. My grandchildren need the church.
My friends need the church. The victory of the church. It’s his body the fullness of him that
filleth all in all. The victory of the Church. Jesus Christ and his Church, his Body. The ECCLESIA of
God. He is coming back for his Church one day. Amen! It’s amazing. What a victory we have.
Let’s believe this in Is 59:19. When the enemy comes in life a flood, the Spirit lifts up a standard.
The enemy is coming. I don’t fear him. He’s defeated by the undefeated one. He’s defeated by
the victorious one. He’s defeated by the Word, the faith, the grace, the love, the Spirit, the
finished work and the church of the Son of God. Jesus Christ name above all names. Amazing!
Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
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