Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon: “The Church’s Victory” which was preached in Bromley, England, October 1988. In this four-part series talk, Derek Prince exposes the origin, structure and operation of the kingdom of darkness – and presents the keys to overcoming it victoriously.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
This is the fourth and final session of our series of talks on the theme of “The Enemies We Face”; “We,” of course, being God’s people, the Church of Jesus Christ.
FORCES THE CHURCH FACES TODAY
In the previous two talks I have dealt with what I believe to be the two main enemies that confront the Church today. The first is witchcraft, the second is the spirit or the power of antichrist.
Witchcraft I defined as really the universal religion of fallen humanity — the means by which men through all the ages have sought to make contact with Satan’s rebellious kingdom of angels in the heavenlies, worshiping them in some way or other as gods.
Antichrist is a different kind of spiritual power that only has relevance where the Gospel of Jesus has first been proclaimed. I pointed out that the word “anti” has two meanings: first of all, “against”; secondly, “in place of.”
And the pressure of the spirit of antichrist is against Jesus, the true Messiah, to eliminate Him. But then the second move is to replace Him by a false Messiah. And I suggested to you that spiritual force is very actively at work in the church today.
I also tried to give you just a little picture of what I believe the final manifestation of the spirit of antichrist, the antichrist, the beast, will be like.
Now I want to move on from the negative to the positive.
This final talk I want to deal with The Church’s Victory. I have tried to briefly define the main enemies we face with the purpose of showing how we can obey God and overcome those enemies by the means that He has provided.
HOW WE CAN OBEY GOD AND OVERCOME ENEMIES
The first thing I think we need to understand is this that: All the promises that close the Bible, all the promises in the book of Revelation, the final revelation of Jesus to His church, all the positive promises are only for those who overcome. There are no promises for the defeated.
Paul said, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.” (Romans 12:21)
I believe we have only two options; in the last resort: we either overcome or we are overcome. There is no third ground. And there are no positive promises of God whatever for those who allow themselves to be overcome.
Promises Are To Overcomers Only (Rev. 2 & 3 [compare Rev. 21:7]
In chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation, we have a word that Jesus sent to each of seven churches. And every final promise to each of those seven churches is to the one who overcomes. There are no promises to the ones who do not overcome. If we need to face this very seriously.