Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 John 5:4-5 ~ Gold Medal Day!

on March 13, 2014

For EVERYONE who has been born of God OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And this is the VICTORY that has OVERCOME THE WORLD–our faith. Who is it that OVERCOMES THE WORLD except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  (1 John 5:4-5)

Whether over an addiction or besetting sin, over the numbers on the scale, over our children’s strong wills, over a certain fear, we all want to overcome–conquer, triumph–something!  Victory is a beautiful thing! I remember vividly the day I received a first place medal in my age group for a 5k. Even though I tied my good friend and we had to share the medal, a victory is a victory, and victory is sweet! God’s plan for His children is far greater than overcoming small things and getting victory in a competition.  In Him, we overcome the world!  (This world’s system that is dominated by Satan, sin, sickness, sadness, and death.)

Who is it that overcomes the world?  EVERYONE who is born of God.  What does it mean to be born of God?  How do we know if we are born of God?  1 John 5:1 and 5:5 say that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ–the Savior of the world–and that He is the Son of God is born of God.  1 John 3:9 says, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.”  Those who have been born of God, hate sin and don’t want to do it.  Finally, according to 1 John 4:7, those born of God are also people who are filled with and givers of His love.

Why would we want to overcome the world?

  • Jesus said, “Take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  We want to overcome the world, because our Savior overcame the world, and we want to be like Him.
  • Galatians 1:4 says, “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Our ability to overcome the world cost Jesus His life, and we should never take advantage of that sacrifice.
  • We know that the world is not our home.  Jesus said in John 17:16, “They are not of this world, just as I am not of this world.” Paul echoes that in Hebrews 13:14, “For this world is not our permanent home: we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”  This world should make us uncomfortable–like staying with a stranger in a hotel room–which should give us the desire to overcome it.
  • The world system is set up in direct opposition to God’s system and it won’t last.  Matthew Henry said about those born of God, “He must be well satisfied that this world is a vehement enemy to his soul, to his holiness, his salvation, and his blessedness.” To want to overcome the world, we must see it as our adversary, because it is run by our Adversary.  1 John 2:16-17 says, “For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

What gives us victory over the world?  Our great strength, our good deeds, our stamina and willpower–no way!  It is only by faith in Jesus Christ and His power!  Our initial faith in Jesus gives us eternal victory over this world.  Our infinite inheritance is a pain-free, sin free, Satan free, sickness free, death free world where God alone rules and reigns. But wait, there’s more!  Our daily faith in Jesus Christ gives us daily victories over sin.  Ephesians 6:16 says, “In ALL circumstances take up the shield of FAITH, with which you can extinguish ALL the flaming darts of the evil one.”  Faith gives us victory over sin which in turn maintains our fellowship with the Lord and gives us complete joy!  Victories are worth celebrating!

I will probably never win an Olympic gold medal, or maybe never another medal at all, but by faith my life can be one victory after another until the final victory when I cross the finish line of this life and enter my eternal home!  Every day can be a “gold medal day!”


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