October 28, 2018

Overcoming – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (I John 4:4-6)

Do you ever feel like the world is getting the best of you? Christians need to know that this foul, stinking, rotten idea is the Devil’s lie and absolutely refuse it. Yes, we are “little children” but we are not depending on our power. We are from God and have already overcome the world.

The word translated “overcome” (nikao) is defined by the Greek lexicon BDAG to mean:

  1. to win in the face of obstacles, be victor, conquer, overcome, prevail,
  2. to overcome someone, vanquish, overcome

Christians have been there, done that…and are continuing to do so.

As Lenski puts it, we “have been and continue to be victorious over them (perfect tense).” There is a very simple, powerful justification for that claim…“because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

There are no empty promises in the Bible. The one who spoke the universe into existence is in you. Defeat is unthinkable. But there are times when I do not feel like I am wining over anything. Just what does this promise promise?

Perhaps the answer will come into focus when we look at other, similar promises,

“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17) Note: The phrase mistranslated “will reign” refers to present action, continuing now, not way off in the future.

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.” (I John 5:4)

“Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1John 5:5)

Overcome who? The “them” in the immediate context is false teachers.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)

But, how do we know which teachers are false? Overcoming comes with simple instructions … Don’t listen to the majority. Listen to God’s inspired Word.

“…the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (I John 4:5-6)

These promises extend beyond the threat of false teachers. They apply to all of the Devil’s efforts to defeat, cantankerous, covetous, proud brethren included. God has given us sufficient armament to defend against and defeat all threats.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)

You have the power of the Creator in you. You have perfect, complete instructions. Trust in God’s power and follow His instructions and you can’t lose. That’s why losing is forbidden.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris III

 

 

 

 

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