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Overcoming The World

Focus: 1 John 5:4-5 - KJV

4. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 John 5:1-15

In biblical parlance, the world is the place of darkness and wickedness superintended by the devil. It goes beyond that; it transcends into crafting others into darkness and wickedness to make them unfit for the light and the Kingdom of God. Hence, overcoming the world is more about living above darkness and wickedness. From Adam till very many generations after him, man tried to overcome the world using their own stealth to no avail. Everyone that shone forth ended up somehow being overwhelmed by the world. Many did try but could not make it. However, God presented a winner joker card in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Rather than the ordinary human birth and existence, He was not only water and blood but also Spirit. Hence, it was difficult to overwhelm Him with the wiles of the devil which are in the world, that attracts men into darkness.

Unlike every other man, Christ was tempted with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life and yet stood out in the light as the Light, not falling in anyway into darkness. Upon this triumph, He volunteered His life for the sin of man committed in Adam, such that He who stood out may step in, to ransom the fallen, and draw him out of darkness into the marvelous light of God, thereby overcoming the world. Many did not witness this happen; but we have the account of those who witnessed it and we have tasted of it by our faith and found that it is true. For anyone who did not witness this happen to take the benefit of it therefore, it only happens by faith. The faith is in the fact that someone who, though was divine, came as man to wrest man out of darkness into light. Now, this wresting is a spiritual affair and must be treated as such. Hence, to take the benefit, we need to have faith that it happened and live by it.

Dear friend, have you professed Jesus Christ as the Son of God and your Savior from the wickedness in the world and yet experience wicked things hauled at you? Remember, the position of Christ is that in this world we shall have tribulations. That simply means, for as long as there are people in the world of darkness and wickedness and we operate together on earth, we are not free from receiving tribulations from the world. However, for as long as we have our faith in Christ, we are to be of good cheer. This, because, since Christ has overcome the world for us, as we obey the tenets of Christ, we cannot be of the world and therefore we are above darkness and wickedness. The wicked may haul their acts at us for that is what they are known for. Since we are of Christ, we can only shine the light of the Kingdom by standing with Christ. There lies our overcoming stride.

SOLUTION: It does not matter what the world may do, stand fervently in Christ as Son of God; never allow yourself to be drawn into evil by repaying evil for evil. Only those of the world are evil doers. If you repay evil with evil, you are not different from the original evil doer. Be distinct: do not join them in their worldly ways. Be the light that you are made to be.

Please pray: Father, I hide under your banner from the tribulations of the world; let your overcoming power see me through it all in Jesus’ name. Let no power of hell be able to drag me back into the darkness of the world in Jesus’ name. I shall remain victorious to the end, in the name of Jesus Christ.

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