Be A Survivor!!!

Friday 1 John 5 4

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Friday!!! Lets Be Survivor!!!

1John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

What does it really mean to be a survivor? In our world today we talk about all kinds of survivors… Survivors of abuse, cancer survivors-and the list goes on. It’s a great thing to be a survivor but let me tell you something-I want to do more than just survive. The Bible actually never uses the word survivor but it uses a word I like much more— overcomer.
What John does here is that he shows us exactly how to get the victory, how to overcome and he does so by answering several questions. The first question is this… what is it we must overcome? 1st John 2:15-16.
1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

What John is telling us here is that the world is our enemy. Now be careful here and realize what the world is. We’re not talking about people of course, were not talking about the planet Earth—it’s not our enemy—in fact the Bible teaches us to take care of it. What John is talking about here fall into three areas:
(1) The lust of the flesh.
(2) The lust of the eyes.
(3) The pride of life. So let’s look briefly at each one.

1. The lust of the flesh refers to passion. We are all passionate about something but John warns us because this is an area where all of us have to be careful. We tend to think immediately that John is referring to a desire that is sexual in nature. I’m not saying that it is not-I just want us to understand that is not the only reference here. What John is telling us is this… When you become passionate about something in life, be sure it lines up with God’s purposes for your life. Those are the things we should be passionate about. The lust of the flesh refers to passion.

2 The lust of the eyes refers to possession. When we see things and we immediately think, I have to have that. I have to have that now. I can’t wait another day. And the lust of the eyes can be very dangerous to your bank account. Especially if you have a credit card in your hand when you see this particular thing. Jesus reminds us not to lay up, set aside treasures for yourself but we sure do it. Jesus said to focus on things that will last-for eternity. The lust of the flesh refers to passion. The lust of the eyes refers to possession.

3 The pride of life refers to position. Our position in life. This is who comes first and guess what-it is almost always us who comes first. At Christmas we often describe joy as being Jesus first, Others second. Yourself last. Then we sit down and write out our Christmas list. Our want list comes first because we usually put ourselves first. John would tell us to rethink our position in life, don’t be so full of pride so full of yourselves….. Step down a notch or two and lift Jesus up a notch or two. Jesus said to be of good cheer because he has already overcome the world. The good news is we too can be overcomers. What is it we must overcome? The world.
PRIDE CAN KILL!!!!
The second question is this how can we become Overcomers? Let me remind you that in this life we will face powerful opposition. We will face powerful spiritual warfare. We will face tribulation. Jesus promised it. The truth is that it is the difficulties in life that give us the opportunity to experience and understand what victory really means.
Fortunately John says we have three resources—all three are necessary if we want to be over comers. First, he tells us it requires a new birth. Verse four. We must be born of God, as Jesus told Nicodemus as John reminds us here, we must be born again. Born of water. Physical birth. Born of blood. Spiritual birth. There is not a single lost person who can say that they live a victorious life today because they lack this ingredient. John is not saying that just knowing Christ will automatically fill your life with joy but he is saying it is the starting point. Without him our lives are running on empty.
WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN WE WILL BE FILLED WITH jOY no more PAIN, SADNESS, TEARS, SIN…..
Second he tells us it requires a belief. Verses 4-5. You do not become an overcomer by trying. You become an overcome her by trusting. By exercising faith. It is what…
1John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

• Abraham did when he went to the mountain to sacrifice his son
• Peter did when he stepped out onto the water
• Joshua did we placed his foot into the flooded Jordan River
• Mary did when she agreed to bear God’s son

None of these decisions were easy and the decision you and I are called upon to make are also not easy. If they were we would not need faith. Third, he tells us it requires the blood of Jesus. Verse six tells us that if we want to overcome sin; if we want to defeat death, there is only one way-it is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says there is no forgiveness of sin without the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Fortunately these are not three different requirements. They are actually one. New birth, belief, the blood all take place at the same time. We are born again because of our belief in the powerful blood of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

We can overcome the obstacles that we face in this life through the strength that we receive in the Lord. The believer is reminded in 1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” If you have been born again, you have already been made an overcomer in Him. We have already been given the victory

Remember we are not promised no trials or tribulations in this world be thankful for them. We will face heartache here. Someday soon we will go home with our Father and there have peace, and joy for all eternity.

 

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD
A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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