Our Faith in God Has Overcome the World
Walking in Victory in Your Christian Walk
by J.M. Troppello
Corrie Ten Boom said, “Faith shows God’s love and Jesus’ victory even through the chaos of life.” Life certainly feels chaotic these days. I’m so thankful that God sent His Son, Jesus to die and rise again to save us from our sins. Each day, I thank God that I will be in Heaven one day. I love this passage from I John 5:1-5 that encourages me to remember that my faith in God has overcome the world. I can walk victoriously in my Christian walk daily through the power of the Holy Spirit working in me.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—[a]our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (I John 5:1-5, NKJV)
The Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) states, “The love of God demands obedience (see: John 14:15). However, rather than being burdensome, God commands free believers to be the people they were originally created to be: holy beings who clearly reflect the image of God. Regeneration or spiritual rebirth provides victory over the world which is opposed to God. The faith that overcomes the world is faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (see: v. 5), who died for us (see: v. 6). The one who overcomes the world obeys God rather than following the expectations of the world. If we love God, we will find obeying Him a pleasure.”
That last statement from the TNSB truly resonated with me. The longer I’m a Christian – and the more I grow in deeper communion with Him – the more I actually want to obey His commands and all of His Word.
I have a deep peace in my heart. Philippians 4:7 is so true when it says that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” I’ve always focused on the part that His peace surpasses all understanding – because I’ve experienced that peace so many times when my eyes are focused on God and not my problems—and I focus on obeying His commands. However, just typing this verse in as I wrote this article, it hit me that the peace which surpasses all understanding guards your heart and mind – through Jesus Christ!
I’ve read those words many times. I knew them. Yet, now, it just hit me fully. It is truly possible to have peace that passes all understanding because Jesus is guarding your heart and mind.
But how does He do that?
You must be focusing on God and not the craziness of life. You need to cultivate a deep communion with Him through prayer, praise, and Bible reading. You have to read His Word each day – and – study it and apply it to your life. As you walk in obedience and apply God’s Word to your life, that also enables you to memorize God’s Word. Then the Holy Spirit can remind you of those Scriptures as you need help to be empowered for victorious living, for wisdom, and as a way out of temptation.
Do you have faith that has overcome the world?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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