1 John 5:5 Are You An Overcomer?

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:5

In the journey of life every person will encounter many different types of obstacles that get in their way. These obstacles can sometimes be very small and easy to get over or around, while others are very large and difficult to overcome.

When the obstacles are large and looming, most people will give up the goal and do something different. A few seriously dedicated people will do whatever it takes to overcome the obstacle, regardless of how large or difficult it is.

John asks who is the one that overcomes the world, then gives the answer. The only ones who can overcome the world is the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

For the believer, the greatest obstacle that he will face in his lifetime is the world. The majority of the world is against those who believe in Jesus, because it goes against what the world thinks and desires. God sets a high standard of living that the world does not want to attain. They want to live as they desire with no restraints.

Resisting temptation to follow the world’s way of living and sin is a challenge for the believer. It starts with believing that Jesus is the Son of God. As the Son of God, there is nothing that Jesus cannot do. He has the power and ability to give the believer strength to overcome any obstacle thrown his way by the world.

The challenge for the believer is to have faith in and believe Jesus for directions on how to overcome the world. Once he has that belief and faith in Jesus, there is nothing that the world can do to cause him to fall or fail, he will be an overcomer.

You will have difficulties and temptations to sin that will come your way every day. The only way to be victorious and overcome all of those challenges is to believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him as the Son of God. Know that Jesus is for you, not against you. He will give you what you need to overcome.

Jesus overcame death, the greatest problem and has the ability to help you overcome anything thrown your way.

Will you fail?

Or will you be an overcomer with Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the overcoming power Jesus offers you; that you will believe in the power and direction of Jesus; that you will look to Jesus for power to overcome the world; and that God will strengthen you to not fall to the world’s ways and sin.

John 16:33 Peace During Promised Trouble

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Each and nearly every day, people have some sort of trouble or problem in their lives. For most people their day to day troubles are often small. Small troubles such as being behind a slow person on the road, deciding which meal to make, choosing what to wear, or some other small choice.

For many others, their troubles can be gigantic, such as car breaking down, finding food to be able to eat, finding a place to sleep, health issues or more.

Jesus promised the disciples that they would have trouble. He also told them they could have peace in spite of the troubles because He had overcome the world.

Some believers often believe that when they began to follow Jesus that all of their troubles would go away. They believed that God would remove all trouble in this life.

In believing this way, many get discouraged and angry with God when they have to face many troubles. In reality when one becomes a believer, the troubles often double. They have all the normal troubles of life that most people have, plus they have persecution troubles.

Despite all of these troubles, the believer can have a supernatural peace. This peace comes from knowing that Jesus had already told about these troubles and that He has already overcome them and the world.

Despite all of the troubles, the believer can know that God loves him, forgiven him and will save him in the end. When all is said and done, there is eternity with God to look forward to. This brings a peace that the world cannot know or understand.

Each and every day you will face struggles and problems that appear to be huge, unsurmountable mountains. Keep in mind that Jesus had said this would be the case. However, also keep in mind that Jesus also promised peace in the midst of all those troubles.

Keep your focus upon God and what He is doing, not the troubles that this world will throw your way. God will bring you through every trouble that you will face. No trouble is greater than God’s power. Hold onto the peace of knowing that Jesus has already overcome your troubles.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s saving power; and that you will have God’s supernatural peace.

Jeremiah 15:20 Be A Wall

Rock wall in forest

“I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 15:20 

Being determined is a character trait that some people have. It is what keeps them going when the going gets tough. It is what keeps them going when everyone is against them.

Some of the greatest inventors had the majority of people who thought they were crazy and people fought against their inventions. Yet they focused on accomplishing their task and would not let others overcome them.

God tells Jeremiah that he will be a wall to the people. Jeremiah had a message to get out and the people would fight against him, yet he would not be overcome. God would rescue him and save him.

Every believer has a message to give out. There are many people who will fight against the believer because of the message. The world and some people in the church do not want to hear the message, even though they need to hear the message.

Years later Paul would tell the believer to put on the armor of God and then stand. This standing is being a wall. Walls are meant to keep people out or keep the enemy from taking over.

The believer needs to be a wall in that he is standing firm on God’s word and message and not allowing the enemy to gain any ground in his life.

God is with the believer and will not allow him to be overcome as long as he is standing with God and following Jesus. It may be tough and hard, but in the end God will rescue him and save him.

As a believer, the enemy wants to take you out. You have the message of God to deliver to this dark and fallen world. As you draw closer to God and get His message out, people will fight against you. It is not a matter of if they will fight you, but when they will fight you.

Lock yourself down as a wall and be solid in what you believe in and stand for. Know that you can stand upon God’s word and His promises to you.

As you live for God and spread His message to this world, God will take care of you. He will save you in the end, either out of the problem or into eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the message God wants you to spread to the world; that you will stand upon God’s promises and word; and that God will keep the world from overcome your heart.