Pastor Alex explores in depth how to overcome every circumstance in your life, how to realize that you were born not as an ordinary person but a person with a destiny.
Our words have creative power. Any time you speak something, either good or bad; you give life to what you are saying. You are prophesying your own future. That's why it's so important to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go. You can't talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can't talk lack and expect to have abundance. You will produce whatever you say. There is Power in your words.
Know this ......You were Born to Conquer!
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You Were Born To CONQUER
By Alex Osorio
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Chapter OneThe Journey Begins
Faith.... such a difficult thing to understand and live by. Yet it is the language of heaven, the language of angels in order to walk successfully in this Christian walk we must walk through faith. Walking on this road requires faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 in the One New Man Bible translates: And trust is being confident of things being hoped for, proof of things not seen. Indeed the elders were approved by this. By trusting we understand that the worlds were created by a spoken Word of God, so that what is seen has not come out of things which were visible. Many choose to walk by sight, but the bible tells us that we walk not by sight but through faith. (2nd Corinthians 5:7)
If we are going to take on this journey we must first understand that it all begins through faith and by faith alone. They say that we as humans can survive a couple of weeks without food, a couple of days without water but only a couple of seconds without air.... Air is the most important thing to our day to day operation and ultimate survival. If air is the most important thing to our survival in the natural realm then FAITH is the most important "thing" to our spiritual survival!
You were meant to conquer, you were meant to win, you were meant to succeed. Yet the world tells you that they have the formula to your success, but to conquer you must have faith, live by faith, breathe faith, walk by faith, operate by faith.... faith is the ingredient that we Christians need in order to conquer.
Every single day of our lives we are faced with tests and trials that challenge us as individuals. We cannot see air but we know it exists, and we have faith that as long as there is air on earth we can live. In the same manner "Faith" cannot be seen but it can be felt! How you say? It is felt through our words; when you speak contrary to your circumstances, when you speak differently than others and I do not mean language by itself but by the anointed word that comes forth out of your mouth, and that word that comes forth out of your mouth should be the word of the living God given to us through the Bible.
Faith is felt through our actions and attitude. Look at David for a moment when he is at Ziklag (1st Samuel 30:1-6) You find that David is stressed beyond belief. They have taken his family, cattle, everything he had the enemy took and to make matters worse his own men wanted to kill him. Yet David acts with Faith by taking refuge in and strengthening himself in the Lord his God.
When you activate FAITH it changes who you are, as if you become a different person all together. When FAITH is activated it does not matter what is happening, what has happened, or might happen, you are unmoved because God is your strength and when he is your strength then you become unmovable. Faith is activated when you begin to speak, act, think and live differently to your physical surroundings. The word says that Faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God. When we declare HIS word in our life faith is then activated. It changes you because you now see things through the eyes of God and not the eyes of man. Man sees failure, problems, poverty, sickness, defeat and so forth, yet the eyes of God see blessings, growth, abundance, prosperity and victorious living.
It is up to us to decide which pair of glasses we want to wear ... how do we want to live ... I will tell you that living by sight causes a painful life, but a life of faith is an abundant life!
Abraham ... the author of faith teaches us many things that today give us a great insight into the life of faith. Allow me to share what I have learned about Abraham and his walk through Faith.
What does the scripture tell us? It says that if one is baptized into Christ, he has put on Christ, or become a Christian. Then, when you have become a Christian, you are a true descendant of Christ, and an heir of the promise. Now this does not mean that we are Jews. Abraham himself was not a Jew. He was a Chaldean and came from Ur of the Chaldees.
The outstanding thing about Abraham was his faith. He developed a faith that was accounted perfect in God's eyes. David developed the same kind of faith. Jesus had perfect faith also, and to a greater degree than either Abraham or David, for Jesus was God's own Son.
We are interested in having the same kind of faith Abraham had because this verse declares that, if we belong to Christ, we have something in common with Abraham and more importantly Christ, and will be heirs of great promise.
What kind of faith did Abraham have? In the first place, he left his home in Ur of the Chaldees and traveled to a strange country because he believed God. God had told him that if he would move to a far country, even Palestine, God would make him into a great nation, would bless him, would make his name great, and he would be a blessing to many people. Because Abraham believed, he did not hesitate, he went.
Faith causes you to take God's word and run with it. Faith causes you to do things that you normally would not do for the kingdom and in the natural realm. Faith will cause you to make leaps and bounds as opposed to baby steps.
Later, when Abraham had a son, God asked him to offer that son as a sacrifice upon an altar. Though Abraham was deeply tested in this, he did not falter. He did as God had commanded. He obeyed God.
In Abraham's mind, Isaac was as good as dead because God had commanded him to slay Isaac. We know that God stayed Abraham's hand as the knife was uplifted, and God supplied a ram for the offering. The New Testament tells us that the reason Abraham was willing to obey God in this matter of slaying his son since Abraham believed that God was able to resurrect Isaac from the dead. (Heb. 11:19.) Abraham's life was one experience after another of believing God and obeying God. Because he had such great faith in God and was so obedient to God, Abraham's faith was counted to him for righteousness.
Because Abraham had such great faith, he is called the father of the faithful in the New Testament. If we, then, have as much faith as Abraham had, we would have the faith of Abraham. This is exactly what Romans 4:11, 12, 13, and 16 says: "He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also; And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.... Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all."
There are two main truths we see here. First, Abraham is the father (symbolically) of all godly people; that is, the father of all faithful people in this matter of having faith. Second, because of his faith, God made him a promise. That promise stated in Romans 4:13: Abraham is to be heir of the world; he is to inherit the earth. Verse sixteen adds that all who have the faith of Abraham come under this promise. They also shall inherit the earth.
Now we are beginning to see into the depths of God's meaning when He said, "If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Let us look a little further into the promises God made to Abraham, for there were several promises that God made to him. According to Galatians 3:29, any promise that God made to Abraham comes to us through Jesus Christ.
Turn first to Genesis 13:14 and 15. God told Abraham, "Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever." This promise included two things: inheritance, and everlasting life. God said Abraham was to inherit land, and that inheritance was to last forever.
Here, then, are two promises that every Christian can claim—inheritance in the earth, and eternal life (to be given when that inheritance is given to us when we first believed.) Jesus gave His people the same promise in Matthew 5:5. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Some would tell us today that we are going to heaven to live forever, but Jesus said that His people would inherit the earth. He further said, in Revelation 5:9, 10, that His people would reign on the earth. Then He said that they would reign a thousand years. By putting these together, it is easy to see that our hope is in the coming of Jesus to give us the earth, to give us eternal life, and permit us to reign with Him a thousand years. This is the Bible hope. Our part in these promises depends upon our faith.
Another promise that God gave Abraham is found in Genesis 22:17 and 18. It concerned a Seed that Abraham would have. Notice that the passage mentions two seeds: a multitudinous seed and a single Seed. We will read only about the single Seed, who was Jesus Christ. "Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
Now you say, "How do you know this is speaking of Christ?" The answer is found in Galatians 3:16: "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ."
So the promises were made to Abraham and his seed. Jesus was Abraham's seed, and we are Abraham's seed if we are in Jesus.
Now these promises that God has made to the faithful are of great value. The object of Jesus' life was to confirm these promises. This is recorded in Romans 15:8: "Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers."
God has made what promises to us for the future? We all know that He will today give the "faithful" peace and comfort, strength and encouragement, and will guide each one through life. But what has God promised to His people for eternity? These promises we have read are the promises God has made to His people for eternity: eternal life and eternal inheritance of the earth. Jesus confirmed them. He promises us the same promises. These promises are sure.
Jesus is the Seed of Abraham and will possess the gate of His enemies. Jesus shall rule over this earth when He comes. Hearken to the signs of the times, my friends, for Jesus' return is at hand.
So, you see that it is important to have faith in God and faith in God's promises. Abraham is not more important than Jesus Christ our Saviour. God had a place for them both in His plan for us. He gave the promises to Abraham and his seed. Christ is the Seed of Abraham. Through Christ we become heirs of God's promises to Abraham—eternal inheritance and eternal life. This is why the Bible speaks of those who have "the faith of Abraham" as being heirs of the promises.
"Now the Lord had said untoAbraham, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abraham departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abraham was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran." (Genesis 12: 1-4.)
I once heard a very intelligent man, well educated, and the president of a college, say that, next to the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures, he had derived more profit, more moral and spiritual quickening, from reading the biography of John Wesley than from any other book he had ever read. I state in your hearing this testimony, because, in the judgment of one who knew whereof he affirmed, it shows the value of reading biography—i. e., the story or narrative of the lives of eminent men, wise, great and good; who, by their spirit and deportment, pleased God, won His favor and approbation, and were made the instruments of good to their fellow-men. Now, a considerable portion of the Bible, the volume of divine inspiration, is biography—a personal history of the lives of distinguished men, whose names are inscribed on the roll of true and lasting fame, who, though not perfect, stood high in the divine favour, and had the testimony that they pleased God. Extract from the sacred volume what is said of Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Solomon and Paul, and its dimensions would not only be greatly reduced, but its unity and harmony would be essentially destroyed; and it would no longer answer the purpose for which it was designed.
The object of the Bible is not to teach certain doctrines concerning either man or God, but to unfold the mystery of redemption through the Messiah, the Son of the living God; all is subordinate to that. Doctrinal teaching is very important; the doctrine which is according to godliness and is intended to make men godly in their spirit and lives, it is embedded in the lives of Scripture characters. It is thus presented to us, not in the abstract, but in the concrete—in the lives of men chosen of God, guided and protected by his overruling hand. Hence, the study of sacred biography is not only interesting to those who engage heartily in it, but immensely profitable. It brings an abundant blessing to the mind and heart.
Again, every young person who desires to live a good life, to be useful, to be made a blessing to his fellow-creatures, to attain life's great end, and at last win the home in heaven, should set out with the avowed determination to do just one thing, viz., to please God; and we please Him by cultivating those traits of character and cherishing those dispositions of mind which were exemplified by the men whom God chose, loved, honoured, and made a blessing to the world; we please Him by obeying His will, by following Him, by conforming to truth, righteousness, purity and goodness; and to such as please Him God will give the witness, testimony, assurance, that He is pleased with them. This supreme purpose to please God in all things, to be counted worthy of his love and affection, gives simplicity, unity, moral grandeur, and a high religious tone to the life, and makes it a glorious and most desirable thing to live in this world. As one has said: "It is never either too early or too late to serve and follow God."
The child of tender years may please Him; the patriarch, venerable with age and wisdom, may please Him. Good character and righteous acts, the fruit thereof, are sure to please Him who searches all hearts, and who will judge the world in righteousness.
I speak to you tonight of one of the three most prominent characters of sacred history—Abraham, the founder of the Jewish nation, the father of the faithful, and the friend of God forever. Abraham, Moses, and Jesus are the three most distinguished men in all Scripture story; Abraham of the Patriarchal age, Moses of the Jewish, and Jesus of the Christian age. In the Bible, viewed as one great whole, what do we find? What generalization of its contents may we make?
The following: The Promises, the Law, the Gospel. These, in their full development, constitute the entire revelation of God. The promises were spoken to Abraham, the law was given through Moses, and the gospel through the Christ. Abraham Jehovah "chose, and brought him forth out of the land of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham, and found his heart faithful before him, and made a covenant with him," and spoke to him promises.
He was the twentieth generation from Adam, and was a descendant of Noah through Shem, whose posterity settled in the region which afterwards became known as Asia. In the 11th chapter of Genesis a brief account of his family connections are given by the inspired writer. He is called Abram and Abraham. Abram means, in the Hebrew language, father of height, a great father, or father of a nation. In the book of Genesis as far as to the 17th chapter he is called Abram; after that, Abraham. He was not renowned either as a conqueror or as a lawgiver; he was not a monarch, nor a poet, nor a philosopher; but he was what is far better—a good man, and the friend of God forever. Jehovah spoke to him; appeared to him, let himself be seen by him, disclosed to him His will and purposes; knew him, regarded him with favour; made him an object of attention and care; made choice of him for Himself, admitted him to near and intimate relationship. Moses, the Jewish lawgiver; Jehoshaphat, one of the kings of Judah; David, the psalmist of Israel; Isaiah, the great evangelic prophet; Jesus, Paul, and James, all speak of this man in terms of the highest respect and esteem.
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Table of Contents
1 The Journey Begins....................1
2 Breaking through with the Anointing....................15
3 Prayer is a Key to a Successful Life....................25
4 Worship—The Footstool of Getting Back Up....................31
5 Preparing for the battle....................49
6 Our Weapons....................57
7 It has Been and Always will be a Battle!....................63
8 The Spiritual War Today!....................73
9 Surviving The Battle....................97
10 The Power of Words....................107
11 The Power of Association....................113
12 The Rewards of Faith....................131
15 Born To Conquer....................157