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!