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Overcoming the world

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 7 months ago | 1815 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been born again to a new life.  As Paul says in 2 Cor 5:9, we make it our aim to please God in the way we live out the new life.  Yet, we all know too well that the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil are too much with us.  The pull of the things of the world can take our attention off the new life in Christ.  The things the world offers are attractive and we notice that so many around us partake of the world’s offerings and seem to do well.

But we know that John commands us not to love the world.  John says that if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  He says that all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires.

The believer’s desire is to overcome the world and its temptations.  In 1 John 5, the apostle goes on to tell us that “everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.”  John speaks of believers as already being overcomers.  Earlier in his letter, he says, “I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.”  In chapter 4, he says “little children, you are from God, and have overcome them,” speaking of false prophets who are of the spirit of the Antichrist.

Despite what John says, we may not feel like overcomers.  We may feel that the world overcomes us instead.  We see that sometimes we sin by yielding to the temptations of the world.   We might wonder how John can speak of the believer as being an overcomer.

Jesus explains a very important truth in John 16:33.  He says, “…In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  Jesus, as our Sovereign God and Savior, has already overcome the world.  We are overcomers only in Christ.

In his first letter, chapter 4, John explains how he can say that the “little children have overcome.”  He says, “…for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  In our union with Christ (our being in Him and He being in us), we are overcomers.  We could never overcome the world on our own, but He has overcome the world on our behalf.

Victory in the battle against the world has been won by our Savior.  He has broken the power of the world over us.  We become overcomers by faith in Christ, the Great Overcomer.

May we never lose sight of our union with Christ.  May we recognize that He has overcome the world.  May we acknowledge that the power of sin has been broken.  May we walk by faith as overcomers in Him.



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Abbey Byford

Encouraged by the truth! Thank you for sharing !

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