Week Two: "The Victory of the King"

FAMILY DEVOTIONAL

INTRODUCTION

 

Our Advent series, King of kings, is a look at Christ as the King in every season and situation.  We will look at the Glory of the King, the Victory of the King, the Coming of the King and the Return of the King.  Scripture tells us that God's ways are not like ours and His thoughts are not like ours.  That is incredibly true when we look at how God put in motion the plan of Jesus to be the King of kings.  From His heavenly home to His appearance as a baby and His triumphant return, it is all working to show us His great love for us.

 

 

SCRIPTURE

 

Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.

 

 

WORSHIP

 

You get two today:

 

God is Bigger Than The Boogie Man / Veggie Tales

Week One

The Glory of the King

Week Three

The Coming of the King

Week Four

The Return of the King

Bigger Than / For All Seasons

DEVOTIONAL

Start with a family Rock, Paper, Scissors game.  

 

Everyone enjoys winning, whether it is your favorite team in a big game, church league softball, or playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, winning is FUN!  God created us to win!!! The problem is that we forget who our enemy is.  John 10:10 tells us “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but I (Jesus) have come to give you life and life to the fullest.” And 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and in your right mind, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  People are not our enemy, yet we spend so much time and energy making sure we win against them, but the truth is that we have already won!!

 

There were two epic battles in the Bible where Jesus showed us that He is the Victorious King.  The first one in Matthew 4:1-11, this enemy we just looked at comes to fight with Jesus.  He challenges him to go against God, his Father, and prove himself.  Each time this happens, Jesus responds with “It is written…”.  Jesus knew the Bible and used it as the powerful weapon that it is.  When the devil played Rock, Jesus played Paper.  When the devil played Scissors, Jesus played Rock.  When the devil played Paper, Jesus played Scissors.  He won all three rounds and the devil had to go away.

 

The second fight happened at the cross.  Jesus had been wrongly accused of things He did not do, yet they insisted that he be crucified on a cross.  (Mark 15:13-14) The devil was sure that he had won this time.  He had a front row seat to watch Jesus die, and that is exactly what happened.  Jesus was nailed to the cross for the last hours of His life.  During that time, he said a few things, but the most important was the last thing He said.  He cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!!!”  (John 19:30) Well the devil was convinced he had won and that Jesus had given up, saying it is over.  And it felt that way for three whole days.  Jesus was put in a tomb, covered by a stone.  But something amazing happened after three days.  When some people went to check on the tomb, they found it empty!!! (John 20:1) Jesus was not there.  He had gotten up from the grave!!  Jesus was alive!!  His final words were not admitting his defeat, instead He was actually declaring a Victory Cry.  Jesus had beaten death and with it, He had defeated our sin and paid our price.  No greater victory could ever be won!  And the great news is that He did it for you and me.  He won so that we didn’t have to lose.

 

Our enemy hasn’t given up.  He still comes at us.  Sometimes it is fear or anxiety.  Sometimes it is lies that make us forget who God is what He has done for us.  He wants us to look in the mirror and see what we don’t have instead of everything we have been given.  But God is Bigger Than our fears, our dreams, our past, our future or any other boogie man that may come.  Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” and Romans 8:37 says, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  And 1 John 4:4 tells us, “Greater is He that is in us than He who is in the world.” These are awesome promises from God that we can trust every day.

 

Jesus showed us that He is indeed the Victorious King and invites us to be on His winning team.  Have you made the decision to trust the King of kings with your life?

 

QUESTIONS

 

1.  What do you need God to be “Bigger Than” in your life this week?

 

2.  What verse can you hold on to, and maybe memorize, that will remind you that God is the Victorious King in your life?

 

3.  What gift from the fruit of the Spirit can you give more of to God this Christmas?  (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

PRAYER

 

Take time to pray for each other to live in the Victory that Jesus won for you.

Additional Activities:

  • Rock Craft: Find or buy a smooth rock. Read over the devotional and find a phrase that stands out to you. Such as, “God is bigger”, “IT IS FINISHED”, or maybe something more personal. Take a few minutes to paint and decorate your rock or just write your phrase on it with a Sharpie. Place your rock somewhere in your home where you can see it everyday and remember that God has already won the battle! Nothing is too big for Him. If you need some artistic inspiration, here are some painted rock examples.

 

PERSONAL DEVOTIONAL

INTRODUCTION

 

Our Advent series King of kings is a look at Christ as the King in every season and situation.  We will look at the Glory of the King, the Victory of the King, the Coming of the King and the Return of the King.  Scripture tells us that Gods ways are not like ours and His thoughts are not like ours.  That is incredibly true when we look at how God put in motion the plan of Jesus to be the King of kings.  From His heavenly home to His appearance as a baby and His triumphant return, it is all working to show us His great love for us.

 

 

SCRIPTURE

 

Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.

 

 

WORSHIP

 

(Surrounded) Fight My Battles / Josh Baldwin

DEVOTIONAL

The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club.  That may be true in the movies, but it is a terrible plan in real life.  If we choose to fight alone, we are sure to get destroyed.  We were not created to fight alone.  We were not created to lose when we fight the right fights.  John 10:10 tells us “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but I (Jesus) have to give you life and life to the fullest.” And 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and in your right mind, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  People are not our enemy, yet we spend so much time and energy making sure we win against them, but the truth is that we have already won!!

 

One of the schemes of the enemy is to get us isolated.  There will be times we feel lonely, but we are never alone.  Joshua 1:5 says, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you or forsake you.” That’s a great promise to stand on!

 

Lets look at a story in the Bible where this was never more evident.  2 Kings 6:8-23

 

8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”

9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.

11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”

12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”

13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.

20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.

21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”

22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.

 

Elisha’s servant thought they were a bad place.  The army of Aram had been relentless in their pursuit of them.  They were surrounded and facing a certain defeat.  Elisha reminded him, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  But the servant couldn’t see it.  Elisha prayed and his eyes were opened and he saw one of the most incredible scenes in all of Scripture.  The hills around them were covered in hoses and chariots of fire!!!  There was no way they could lose with such a powerful army on their side.  The battle had already been won, but he couldn’t see it.  God has already won the ultimate battle with sin and death through what Jesus did on the cross.  That same army is surrounding us, even though we cant see it, it is there.  The enemy is counting on forgetting who God is and what He has done.  But He was and is the Victorious King, with a vast army at the ready to come fight for us.  I love the irony that once the servants eyes were opened, the enemy’s armies eyes were closed and they were defeated in such a way that they never wanted to mess with God’s people again.  Victory is ours if we will walk by faith and not by sight, trusting in the Victorious King to lead us and fight for us.  This is how we fight our battles.

 

Jesus showed us that He is indeed the Victorious King and invites us to be on His winning team.  Have you made the decision to trust the King of kings with your life?

 

QUESTIONS

 

1.  What battle are you fighting alone that you need to invite the Victorious King to fight?

 

2.  What verse can you hold on to, and maybe memorize, that will remind you that God is the Victorious King in your life?

 

3.  Are there any sin issues that have kept you from seeing God as the Victorious King that you need to repent of so you can experience the victory He has for you?

 

PRAYER

 

Set a timer on your phone for 3 minutes and sit quiet and still and just listen.  What does God want to say to you to encourage and strengthen you?  Don’t ask questions, just sit and receive.  After that reread the story in 2 Kings 6 and take time to celebrate God’s victory plan and write down what He says should be your next steps in the battle you are facing.  Share that with a trusted friend and pray together for victory.

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