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A Vision Of Victory by Pastor William Carrol

Focus verses:

Luke 10:17-21
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus Rejoices in the Father’s Will
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“The fact that God loves us is more important than anything else. We are more than conquerors for that reason alone.

Quotes from the sermon:

“We are more than conquerors. We are God’s Beloved. We matter to God.”

“Focus on the fact that you belong to God. What matters to me is that I matter to Him. I’m not going to have a great day every day. But I am always a conqueror!  I am not going to win every battle, but I am always a conqueror!”

“It matters what we do, but it matters more who we are. I’m not persuaded by what I’ve done, I’m persuaded by what He’s done. I’m not persuaded by my testimony, I’m persuaded by God’s testimony.”

~ Pastor William Carrol

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by Pastor William Carrol


Genesis 18

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14)

“Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” (Genesis 18:17-19)

Notes from the sermon

“God asked Abraham why Sarah had laughed. If Abraham had taken account of his life and past behaviors, he would have thought there is a possibility that Sarah is laughing because maybe I didn’t invest in her enough faith. Maybe I didn’t present to her enough of a testimony. There were times when Abraham could have strengthened Sarah’s faith, or helped her to strengthen her faith, but instead he did some things that actually counteracted her faith and her growth and her development. Certain decisions that he made. Certain mistakes that he made. Times that he said she was his sister, rather than acknowledging she was his wife in order to protect his own life…. Maybe she felt like she was being sacrificed on the altar of Abraham’s ministry [life].”

“You may be wondering why you aren’t having the impact you thought you would…. The issue is not about your testimony, it’s about the testimony of the Lord.”

“God will fulfill His promise(s) in our lives.”

“It’s not about calculating your ups and downs. It’s about believing God. Walking close enough to hear Him when He talks about you. I want to walk close enough to God to hear what He doing in my life.”

“If you walk close enough to God, you will hear Him when He tells you, you will be a blessing.”

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Click to listen here: The Danger of a Good Sermon by Pastor William Carrol.

This is a great word about the blessing of a community of believers bolstering one another in the faith as we move forward with an expectancy of God’s activity in our lives.

10 When the Israelites saw the king and his army coming after them, they were very frightened and cried to the Lord for help.11 They said to Moses, “What have you done to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert? There were plenty of graves for us in Egypt.12We told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone; we will stay and serve the Egyptians.’ Now we will die in the desert.”

13 But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today.14You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Command the Israelites to start moving.16 Raise your walking stick and hold it over the sea so that the sea will split and the people can cross it on dry land.17 I will make the Egyptians stubborn so they will chase the Israelites, but I will be honored when I defeat the king and all of his chariot drivers and chariots.18When I defeat the king, his chariot drivers, and chariots, the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”

19 Now the angel of God that usually traveled in front of Israel’s army moved behind them. Also, the pillar of cloud moved from in front of the people and stood behind them.20So the cloud came between the Egyptians and the Israelites. This made it dark for the Egyptians but gave light to the Israelites. So the cloud kept the two armies apart all night.

21 Then Moses held his hand over the sea. All that night the Lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind, making the sea become dry ground. The water was split,22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry land, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Exodus 14:10-22, NCV

Here are some snippets from the sermon that stood out to me. Feel free to share what stands out to you.

A storm that makes them consider where they are in their life. In their faith.

The storms of life strengthen us. Sometimes in the midst of the storm, God will send another storm to deliver you.


Celebrate the sacrifice as if we’re expecting to go someplace.

Every now and again we have to address life as if tomorrow is not good enough. Next week is not good enough. God is doing something wonderful TODAY!

God has placed an expectancy in my heart.

Sometimes waiting is appropriate. sometimes God wants us to wait. But other times

Be dressed as if you’re ready to go someplace.

Have a sense of expectancy. An expectancy of immediate victory… immediate deliverance.

I am not standing still one more second. God has said to me that TODAY He is going to glorify His name!

You don’t have to be bound one more day. You don’t have to believe that lie one more day. Celebrate as if you’re expecting God to move right now. Move forward!

God has placed an expectancy in my/your heart.

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by Pastor William Carrol

But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.  ~ John 20:31, NLT

Follow the link to listen to the sermon. Be blessed.

Shawnda’s Quick Notes from the Sermon

  • Don’t compromise your ability to live a life of faith.
  • We serve a God who speaks to us.
  • God is in a conversation with us.
  • He will not let us go. He is an active pursuer and desires our friendship and communication.
  • If I compromise the Word of God, then I choose set aside the life of Christ.
  • One word of life can put a thousand words of death to flight. Jesus Christ comes to a funeral and speaks a word of life over the dead. His word resurrects: “Lazarus, come forth.” Remember, Lazarus then rose and came forth!
  • If your life bears witness to the resurrected life of Christ, you will be an offense to the devil and the world.
  • I don’t want to give up my light! When we compromise, we lose all of this ==> LIGHT, LOGOS, LIFE, LAMB, LOVE, LORD which are all JESUS!
  • Hold on to the LIFE of FAITH

**Listen, and share what spoke to you!

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by Pastor William Carrol
Times Square Church, NYC

October 9, 2011 – Sometimes Jesus will reveal His plan to us without revealing Himself. We can have some answers and some comfort and then Jesus might walk away. It is not enough for Jesus to walk and talk with us He wants us to need Him. He desires us to simply ask Him to come closer and reveal Himself to us. Should it ever be enough to come into the Kingdom of God without seeing the King’s face? If you invite Jesus in He will come in and reveal Himself to us.

“I want to see Jesus and I want to be a witness of His resurrection. Ask, seek, knock, you will receive, you will find. The door will be opened. In Jesus’s Holy Name.”
When Jesus Walks Away. (Click to listen)

Read the Scripture: Luke 24:13-49

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.  ~Luke 24:13-27