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The Victory of Faith
1 John 5:4-5 (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? KJV) . . . Every child of God is able to defeat the world . . . and it is our FAITH that wins the battle for us. If you are a child of God, you have gained ‘victory’ over the world! Jesus has given you that ‘victory’ . . . how? By your faith! The Bible does not say how much ‘faith’. It just states we must have ‘faith’. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb.11:6). God wants us to ‘believe’ what He says. He wants us to ‘trust’ Him. That is what ‘FAITH’ is . . . to BELIEVE Him, to TRUST Him! Is that really too much of God to ask of us? Surely, it is not! We cannot ‘overcome’ the world by fighting it. Jesus won the ultimate victory when He died on the Cross. With our faith, we share Christ’s victory!
WHO can defeat the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Verse 5 is simply restating verse 4 in question form. The only one who can conquer the evil world is the one who ‘believes’ Jesus is Who He says He is! By our faith, His victory is ours! Complete trust in Christ gives you access to God’s power. That power grants to us in the future, eternal life. But for now, it gives us victory over evil and sin. Sin no longer has control over you. We are now dead to sin and alive to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom.6:11-14).
John plainly states that the believer overcomes the world. This statement does not seem to harmonize with the defeated lives of many of God s children. All around us are those who declare positively that they believe in Christ the Saviour, yet admit they are living defeated lives.
WHAT IS A DEFEATED LIFE?
*****#1. A life without fruit. We are commanded by the Lord to bear fruit. John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV)
*****#2. A life without power. If power existed, the life would not be defeated. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.(KJV)
*****#3. A life without positive guidance. The life of the victorious Christian points toward the Lord. The defeated life refuses to listen to the Spirit. 1 Thes. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. (KJV)
A life dominated by the flesh. The Corinthians were defeated Christians. Paul called them "babes in Christ." (1 Cor.3:1). They were carnal, not spiritual. Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (KJV)
*****#4, A life directed at times by Satan. Sad to say, a Christian's life can at times, be directed by the evil one. 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (KJV) 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (KJV) James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (KJV) . . . The Apostle Paul had some words of warning: 2 Cor. 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (KJV) 2 Cor. 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (KJV)
The defeated life is dominated by the world, the flesh and the devil. These three enemies work for the constant and continual defeat of a Christian. God wants you to WIN! Satan wants you to LOSE! Satan cannot touch soul but you can still be touched through the world and his subtle suggestions.
Are you born of God? Then you have overcome! HOW have you overcome? By faith.
1 John 5:4-5 (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? KJV)
Faith Accepts Jesus Work on the Cross
Faith Answers Every Prayer
Faith, Believing, Is There A Difference?
Faith, Defining It
Faith, Different Stages
Faith, Do You Really Want More?
Faith In Jesus Keeps You From HELL!
Faith In Jesus, Is It Necessary?
Faith In The Bible, Book
Faith, A Characteristic Of God
Faith Is A Blessing
Faith Brings Eternal Life
Faith Is Trusting God Completely
Faith Is Sonship
Faith Is Spiritual Healing
Faith Is Absoluet Confidence In JESUS!
Faith Is The Element Of Things Hoped For
Faith Is The Only Channel Of Truth
Faith Is To Fully Surrender To One's New Life
Faith Is Total Submission and Obedience
Faith: Justified by Faith OR Works?
Faith Means to Be Persuaded Of
Faith, Progressing In
Faith, Standing Firm In the Scriptures
Standing Firm When All Around You Shakes!
Faith, The Greatest Faith??
Faith, The Victory Of Faith!
Faith, Things That Should be On Your Mind
Faith, Troubles WILL Come!
Faith, WHAT Is It?
Faith, WHY Should We Have It?