Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Five Resoures to Help Us Be Overcomers

We are never told to overcome the flesh. We are to reckon it dead. But we are told to overcome the wicked one and the world There are at least five things that are listed in the Epistles of John that work in and through the overcomer that will help us.

1. In 1 John 2:13-14 the Word of God abides in the young men, enabling them to overcome the wicked one. Our responsibility is to be in the right moral condition in order for the Word of God to abide in us. We see in 1 John that the battle is between the Father’s world and Satan’s world.

2. In 1 John 4:1-4 we see that the Holy Spirit is the One in us who works in and through the overcomer to help us test the spirits in this world.

3. 1 John 5:4 we read “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.” This tells us that our spiritual power to overcome comes from our life that comes from God and our faith in Him. Being born of God puts us on a path of victory over the world.

4. The same verse reminds us of our responsibility. It is our faith which according to Ephesians 2:8 is a gift and is dependent the Lord Jesus the Son of God.

5. That brings us to 1 John 5:5 which reminds us that the victory to overcome is from the Lord Jesus the Son of God. He is the one who acts in and through our faith to help us overcome the world.

This is how we become overcomers by identifying with the Lord Jesus. As we get a greater view of Him, His power, glory and authority. That is why in every church in Revelation 2-3 there is overcoming victory possible as they focus on Christ and the victory He has won! He is presented to meet the need in each assembly and promises to provide them with overcoming victory!

In Revelation 21:7 the apostle John summarizes the blessings of the eternal state and desires believers to enjoy those eternal blessings now. One of those eternal blessings is our position as sons of God. What we can learn from this is those who have been made sons of God through the finished work of Christ (Heb. 2:10) ought to display the same character as His unique Son who was the great Overcomer. May the Lord help us to be overcomers for His glory!

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