Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world…For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 4:4 and 1 John 5:4-5
John was writing about false prophets, lying spirits and antichrists that deny that Jesus lived in the flesh and rose from the dead. That’s who he was saying that we have overcome. Why? Because we’re on the power side, the winning side. The false prophets and lying spirits are from the world and the world listens to the lies. But we are from God. God is greater than Satan, greater than false notions and ideas about what is going on and what we need to do. And He is in us, so that makes us overcomers. To be an overcomer means to prevail, to conquer or to win the victory. It also implies that we face a battle.
Do you feel like an overcomer? Or are you weighed down by the many things from life and from ‘the world’ that pull at you? We are overrun with ‘fake news’ that makes you wonder what is true and what isn’t, and who’s lying and if there is anyone out there that isn’t involved in deception. In our daily lives we encounter mockers, haters, obstacles, and internal struggles of all kinds.
The good news to anchor our souls in is the fact that God is on the throne. And through faith in Him we can experience joy, freedom and victory. Our faith isn’t just a random, fuzzy faith: “As long as you believe something sincerely, that’s all that matters,” or “Everything is all the same, just under a different name. You just need a higher power of some sort.” 1 John 5:5 counters that with this truth: Our faith must be in Jesus Christ who is the Son of God.
In Acts 4:12 it says that there is “No other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” That name is Jesus. Don’t believe anything else, no matter how sincerely you think they are okay to blend into your life. Everyone has to leave some belief system to follow Jesus. Further, Colossians 2:9-11 declares, “For in Christ the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.’ (NIV)
Jesus is the top dog, with all of the power. Don’t settle for anything less by doing what Colossians 2:8 tells us: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” When you place all of your trust in Jesus, you will have the power to overcome whatever comes your way.
You don’t have to fear, nor do you have to resort to your old way of getting things done. Maybe you used to use anger or some sort of manipulation to get what you want. Now, you commit your situation to God and let Him do His work. You may have been consumed with worry, thinking that somehow through your fretting that things would change. Now you pray. Or, you might have taken things into your hands to control, taking charge over others to make them comply to get things done. With Jesus in your life, now you only concern yourself with your matters and leave God to work in other people’s’ lives just like He has in yours.
You are from God, you have overcome and you will overcome future problems through faith. You have placed your faith in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Through that you have a power to see God work in situations that look hopeless, and to use you for His glory in ways you could never have dreamt of on your own.