Posted by: Larry Hoekman | November 21, 2011

I John 5:4-5 – Overcome the world!

Day 787:  Monday of Thanksgiving week – if there ever is a Monday to be thankful, this would be it!!!  Be thankful today and every day, as the living God of the universe loves you deeply!

Scripture:   By being born of God, I overcome the world!  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – my faith.  So, who are those who overcome the world?  Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God!   I John 5:4,5

Thoughts/questions:  There are three references to overcoming the world in these short verses, so overcoming must be important!  The dictionary defines overcome as ‘conquer problem’ and there are two major problems the world presents that we must overcome!

The first is that God desires to exist in relationship with His creation.  A relationship in which we fully understand who we are and who He is and completely acknowledge ALL that He has for us in His Son, Jesus!  The world desires that we maximize ourselves through self awareness, self expression, and self indulgence.  Whereas the world states that we are already complete without the ‘crutch’ of a manmade god, the living God says we are only complete in a vital relationship with Him!

The second is the problem of eternity.  The world says that ‘it doesn’t get any better than this’ and IF there is anything eternal about us, we can choose whatever belief system we want as long as we are sincere and ‘show love’!!!  God says that we have a sin issue which has separated us from Him, and only through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins can we restore that broken relationship and inherit eternal life!

So how do we overcome the world and conquer those two problems?  We believe, we are given and exercise faith, we are then born of God and become His child, and we have done it – we have conquered the problem and overcome the world!!!  We have the victory!!!   Self is defeated, eternity is ours – welcome to the winning side!!!

Suggested prayer:  Living God of the universe, thank You for providing me a way to overcome the world . . .

Memory verse for I John 5:  If I have the Son of God, I have life; but if I do not have the Son of God, I do not have life.  I John 5:12

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