No Faith. No Victory!

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For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (ESV).

It would be very difficult for anyone living in this world to deny that this world is filled with trouble. Many nations are troubled by wars, famines, diseases and natural disasters. Many people are troubled by fears, depression, loneliness, unhappiness. Every person born into this world are born into a world of trouble. Some face more trouble than others but at the end of day we all must face the worst of them all: Death

Day after day we try to overcome these troubles using human effort and wisdom but we seem to be losing the battle. Despite the great strides of human development since the 20th century we are still struggling with the evils in this world. In 2017 we are still fearful and unhappy. We spend and we consume. We try to reach for the peace we so long for. We try to reach for the happiness we so long for. We finally experience what we are looking for but in the end it is only temporary.

Some turn to yoga. Others turn to philosophy. Some even try religion but they still don’t obtain the victory they so desperately need. But the Holy Bible teaches that there is a way for human beings to overcome the world. In other words, there is a way for us to be victorious over fear, depression, unhappiness, loneliness and even death. There is a way for us to be victorious even in the face of war, famine, disease and natural disaster. That way is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle John said:

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God…For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 5:1, 5 ESV)”

Those who BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ have already overcome the world and its many troubles. We do not know what evil or trouble will occur on this earth tomorrow. We do not know what will happen in our lives tomorrow to cause fear or heartache. However, we can be sure of this: Those who BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ are already victorious. Why? Because Jesus Christ gives us strength in the face of weakness. He gives us joy in the face of sadness. He gives us light in the face of dark times. He gives us hope in the face of uncertainty and He gives us life in the face of death. For those who believe in Jesus Christ there is nothing that can happen to us or around us that we cannot overcome. Look at the life of Jesus. He was betrayed, beaten, bruised and buried. But that was not the end of HiStory. On the third day He rose again just as He said He would.

Jesus believed that His Father (The Lord God) would raise him from the dead. He lived believing that and He died believing that. In the end He overcame death. His faith caused Him to be victorious. What trouble are you faced with today? What evil has surrounded your family or nation? If you are a Christian then your faith in Jesus will cause you to be victorious. If you are not a Christian then you have a decision to make. You can either follow the way of victory or continue walking the road of defeat.

The way of victory is to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The way of victory is to believe that Jesus died so your sins can be forgiven.The way of victory is to believe that God raised Him from the dead. The way of victory is to believe that through Jesus Christ you are born of God and that through God’s power and your faith in His power you can overcome anything that comes against you. A boxer needs to have many things to be able to overcome his/her opponent. A boxer can have the most stamina, skill, quick reflexes, etc. However, if that boxer does not believe he/she can win they will most likely lose the fight. Living in this world can get very complicated and confusing. However, the Holy Bible teaches us that it is simple:

No Faith. No Victory!

 

Dear Christian: Only Believe!

Christianity is a life of believing. There are certain actions which you would expect from a person who does a certain job. Fishermen catch fish. Pilots fly aircraft. Writers write books, articles, blogs, etc. I grew up in a Fishing Community. There is a Fish Market and around the Fish Market there are fishing boats. At some point in time these boats were used by fishermen to go catch fish. These fishermen would leave their families and go over the sea to find fish. Fishermen would spend days on the open sea to catch fish. They also knew what kind of fish they were looking for and some probably even knew where to look.  If a fisherman decides to stop catching fish on a daily basis and becomes involved in another job, he is no longer a fisherman. Even if he keeps fishing as a hobby, he can no longer be classified as a fisherman. Fishing on a consistent basis is what fishermen do.

Believing on a consistent basis is what Christians do. Christians believe a specific message; the message of salvation from the God Who created the heavens and the earth. Jesus told His disciples to preach that message and He told them what would happen to those who believed that message:

15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach THE GOSPEL to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15-16 KJV)

Some people ‘believe’ that Christians are fools and are simply ignoring reality and science. Some people ‘believe’ that there is no God. Some people ‘believe’ that the Bible is just another work of fiction. Jesus said that there would be two categories of persons who respond to the message of salvation (the gospel):

  1. Those who believe
  2. Those who do not believe

Dear Christian, if you are reading this you are among those who believe. Those who do not believe were not there when you heard the message of salvation and believed it. Those who do not believe were not there when your heart was filled with joy and peace after you believed. You became a Christian by believing in a message which you know to be true. This message came from the God you know exists. It is a message about Christ, the Son of God. This is the message you believe. Therefore, stay in the category of believers and do not let those who do not believe persuade you otherwise. You are a believer so:

                                                                     Only Believe!

By Corey Beckles

This Way is the Overcoming Life

Can you tell me how to get to…? Have you ever asked for directions? Sometimes you receive good directions. Sometimes you receive bad directions. Sometimes persons direct us by telling us what to look for. Others can tell us the exact road to take. But how many persons are willing to show us the way? How many are willing to take the time to lead us to our destination? Not many. I have no problem taking time to give someone directions but taking the time to show them the way is a different thing entirely. Usually when someone asks me for directions to some place I am in the process of going somewhere. To give them directions I must stop that process and focus on that person that needs help. To show them the way is a more onerous task because I not only have to stop my journey but I now have to lead them to their desired destination.

One day Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them. Jesus also told them that they knew where He was going and how to get there. After hearing these words, Thomas asked:

 “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus replied:

 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:5-6 NLT)

No one can get to a place without taking the road or the path to get there. Jesus told Thomas that He was the way…Jesus did not just tell them how to get to the Father. He showed them. The disciples saw how Jesus lived. They saw His faith in God. They saw His       prayer life. They saw His authority and power. They saw His love for the sick, wounded and dying. They saw His compassion. They saw when His hands touched the lepers. They saw when His hands healed the sick. They saw when He died on the cross. By His life Christ declared loudly to His disciples:

This Way is the Overcoming Life!

Christ the Overcomer

Do you know that Jesus Christ is the Overcomer? Chirst is the Son of God. He was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. His birth was prophesied many years before. Christ was surely distinct from any human being that was ever born into this world. Did this mean that Christ had no problems? Did Christ’s deity exclude Him from the temptations (trials) that are common to mankind? Was Christ exempted from death? The answer to each question is No. Christ experienced problems, temptations (trials), and death. He even experienced temptations from Satan. However, Christ overcame them all. This world is filled with evils, temptations and problems. This world is occupied by Satan and his followers. We live in a physical body with many desires. We have a mind through which thousands of thoughts flow every day. Jesus is the Son of God but while He was on the earth He was flesh and blood. He experienced the limitations of flesh and blood. Yet Christ was able to live a life which pleased His Father (the LORD God). How did Jesus do this? By living the overcoming life. Jesus walked this earth like a normal man but He did not live a normal life. He lived a life worthy of His identity as the Son of God. He was betrayed, denied, persecuted, beaten, and buried but on the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven and now He is at the right hand of God. How did Christ obtain this exalted position?

8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (Phil.2:8-9 KJV)

Jesus Christ lived the overcoming life. Many great men have been born into this world. Mankind has achieved great things. However, no one has ever achieved what Christ has achieved. Christ lived in this world and experienced the infirmities of humanity but He is now at the right hand of God and His name is above every name.

Let us always remember that Christ is the Overcomer!