Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If Christ is our Savior, we cannot be defeated!

We are conquerors!

1 John 5:1-5 (NCV) “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is God's child, and whoever loves the Father also loves the Father's children. This is how we know we love God's children: when we love God and obey his commands. Loving God means obeying his commands. And God's commands are not too hard for us, because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith. So the one who conquers the world is the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

In the final chapter of 1 John, we are reassured that we are God’s children if we believe Jesus is the Christ. But there’s a second part to that verse – there is an “and” too. The latter half of verse 1 says AND “whoever loves the Father also loves the Father’s children.” If we love God the Father, then we also must love his children – even the seemingly unlovable.

So how do we know if we love? Thankfully verse 2 answers that question for us “When we love God and obey his commands.” Obeying His commands…is this easy to do? According to John it’s not as difficult as we may think. He gives us a thought that will help us. In verse 4 John encourages us by telling us “everyone who is a child of God conquers the world.”

Did you realize that? 

We can be “conquerors” over the “things” that hold us captive and keep us from following God's commands by tapping into the same power that God used to raise Christ from the dead (Eph 1:20). As children of God we cannot be defeated.

But how, how do we become victors in an all too often difficult and stressful world? John tells us – OUR FAITH. Trusting in God allows us to win against this world. Oh sure – things may get tough for a little while. But if you have placed your hope and trust in Christ and you believe he came and gave his live to ransom us from sin, you can rest easy. 

You are a conqueror! This world will not defeat you!  Isn’t that an awesome truth to know?

Related reading: Psalm 56

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