“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5
Oh the sins, the longing covetousness of the things of this world. It’s what the enemy uses to trap us and hold us captive. We fixate ourselves on our own worldly idols – television, food, success in our jobs, money, clothes, cars, homes, and even our human relationships. They are gold to us. What great temptation they are to put our trust in them to give us our worth. But in the end, these items by themselves hold us prisoner.
Yet wait! There is hope! There is something…err…someONE that can break us out of our prison of worldly idolfullness. His name is JESUS! But, just knowing Jesus isn’t enough. Just reading about Him isn’t the answer.
What’s the key to unlock our prison door and claim victory over the world? BELIEF (FAITH) that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. Praise the Lord for the gift of Himself. Believe in Him.
What an incredible foundational truth. Claim it…and LIVE!
“…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Ephesians 6:16
Hymn: Faith is the Victory
By John Henry Yates, 1891
Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.
To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heaven.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conquering Name.