Overcoming The World

1 John 5:4-5-Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
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Whatsoever is born of God-Those who believe on the name of Jesus are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13). Everyone who wants to see and enter the kingdom of God must be born again; born of the Spirit. (John 3:3-5). We have experienced a spiritual birth and the Spirit of Christ dwells within us and bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:9-16). “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).

Overcomes the world-The world is traveling on a course and its path is directed by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. It is a path of disobedience to God and His word and is a path that leads away from God.  Because we have been born of God, have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within us, and are led by the Spirit, we are overcomers of this world and the devil.

This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith-Our victory is in our faith as we walk by faith and not by sight. We face life with all of its trials, tribulations, heartaches, sorrows, sickness, etc. with a trust in God and a dependence upon the Spirit of God within us and the victory is ours. Yes, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37). “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Victory belongs to those “that believe that Jesus is the Son of God”.

Consider One Another

Hebrews 10:24-Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
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Let us consider each other-God desires for us to have and keep each other in our minds; to be mindful of each other. “We Christians, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:5). We are to ever be thinking about the other members of the body of Christ with a purpose in mind. We have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to interact with each other in order to see that God’s word and will is carried out in the body of Christ and through the body of Christ.

To provoke unto love and to good works:
1. We are to stir each other up to the experience and demonstration of love. Love is the greatest characteristic of the Christian for in the feeling of it and the demonstration of it we fulfill all the law. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14). There are times when circumstances arise that would hinder love in a fellow Christians life and God says we are to step in and stir them up through our words and council to love in spite of the circumstances.
2. We are to stir each other up to good works. Love and good works go together. Good works are love in action. The Bible says, “Faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20). Love without good works is a cold and/or dead love. Evil would hinder the expression of love in good works. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21).  Love and good works will keep us from being overcome of evil and are the answer to overcoming that evil. Therefore we are to be constant in stirring each other up to love and to do good works. “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18).

Hold Fast The Profession Of Faith

Hebrews 10:23-Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful that promised.
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Let us hold fast the profession of our faith-We are to continue to confess our faith without fear or doubt. We are to be courageous in our confession and never grow silent or deny it. Through faith “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Our faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). To these things we do testify.

For He is faithful that promised-Our faith stands on God, on His words and promises, and on His faithfulness to fulfill them. He will bring all of His promises to pass. We will see and experience all that He has promised. Our faith will become both sight and experience; all to the glory of God.

When He Shall Come

2 Thessalonians 1:10-When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

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When He shall come-We are told in many scriptures that He is coming again. When, is a reminder that no one knows the time of His coming. “Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36). My family in Christ, He is coming and we Shall Behold Him In All Of His Glory.

To be glorified in His saints-We are His saints, redeemed by His blood, bought with a price (2 Corinthians 6:19-20).  He shall be glorified in us because of our vast number and the change He has wrought in us.  He shall be glorified in us by our praise and worship.  He shall be glorified in us before the Father and all the host of heaven.  “Our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21). “When he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2). Our glorious body which He gives to us will glorify Him.

To be admired in all them that believe-All the saints will admire Him with wonder and amazement and for all that He has accomplished. We will marvel at His appearance, at all the angels, and with all that is going on in us and around us. O what a wondrous day that will be.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Revelation 22:17; 20

Letters From God–Book of 1 John 3:1-10

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My child, behold what manner of love I have bestowed upon you, that you should be called My child: therefore the world does not understand you, because it did not understand Jesus. Beloved, now you are My child and it does not yet appear what you shall be, but know this, that when Jesus appears you shall be like him: for you shall see him as he is. Your body will be changed and fashioned like unto his glorious body. Everyone who has this hope in them is motivated by it to purify themselves even as Jesus is pure. Whosoever commits sin walks in disobedience to the law. You know that Jesus was manifest to take away your sins and in him is no sin. Whoever abides in Jesus; that is remains in spiritual connection with him, does not habitually commit sin: whosoever habitually sins has not seen him, neither known him and therefore is not a Christian. Don’t let anyone deceive you, the person that does righteousness is righteous, even as Jesus is righteous. Whoever habitually commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose My Son was manifest, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever is born of My Spirit does not habitually commit sin; for My seed remains in him and he cannot sin because he is My child. In this My children are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not a child of Mine, neither he that loves not his brother. 1 John 3:1-10
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Doing And Receiving Good

Galatians 6:9-10-Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
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Let us not be weary in well doing-We are not to lose heart or be discouraged in doing good deeds. There are things that would hinder us in this matter such as the way people react to us or our good deeds. Tribulation and problems we face can hinder us as well.

In due season we shall reap-Having been born of the Holy Spirit we have a spiritual existence and we are to live by spiritual principles found in God’s word (the Bible). Here is one, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38). This principle applies to more than just money. The measure of good we do to others determines the measure of good we receive. We shall receive it when the time is right.
1. Therefore let us take advantage of every opportunity to do good. We are to redeem the time and buy up every opportunity. We are to do good to all people but especially those of the household of faith.
2. “He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” This spiritual principle reveals that the degree of our receiving good is directly related to the degree of good we do.
3. Jesus set us an example, “Who went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38).

Let us spread around the good and share it with all. “What goes around comes around.”

Spiritual Warfare

2 Corinthians 10:3-5-For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
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We do not war after the flesh-The flesh is weak and hinders us in our spiritual warfare. Since the flesh and the Spirit are contrary to each other (Galatians 5:17) the flesh only gets in the way. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). It is a spiritual warfare and we must deal with it in the spirit. We are not to fight as people who are not Christians do.

The weapons of our warfare-Weapons are instruments used for fighting.
1. Not carnal-Our weapons are not according to the flesh. The weapons of the flesh are words and physical actions.
2. Mighty through God-The Christian is to rely on the spiritual weapons God has given us which are mighty as God works in us and through us. Our weapons are mentioned in Ephesians 6:17-18. There are defensive and offensive weapons. Our offensive weapons-”They are the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: and praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” We are to use the word of God. When we think and speak the word of God we are placing the sword in the hands of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is both an offensive and a defensive weapon.  Through prayer we call upon God and seek His knowledge, wisdom and power to operate in us and through us and others.

Pulling down strong holds- These are spiritual fortresses of evil that have been erected against us. We are to tear down and destroy evil fortresses with the word of God and prayer.

Casting down imaginations and every high thing-We are to overcome mental thoughts and images that are evil and lift themselves up against the knowledge of God, again using the word of God and prayer.

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ-We are to conquer every thought and make them obedient to Christ. We can speak to the thoughts and command them to go in the name of Jesus. Then we can think on things of virtue and praise.

Two Kinds Of Sorrow

2 Corinthians 7:9-10-Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.
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Godly sorrow produces repentance-Sorrow after a Godly manner is a true sorrow and will result in one turning from that which causes the sorrow to live and behave in a different manner. It is a matter of turning from the flesh and turning to the Spirit (God).

Worldly sorrow works death-Sorrow after a worldly manner produces no change in ones life. They still follow the flesh and do those things that they desire to do. They continue to do that which is wrong and not that which is right. They walk the path of self-destruction. They will continue to suffer the consequences of their life and behavior and it becomes a vicious cycle.

Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation-Sorrowing in a Godly manner produces repentance (a change) in our lives and results in our salvation from the vicious cycle that occurs without true repentance. Let us sorrow in a godly manner and stop the cycle in our lives.

God Gives Us The Victory

1 Corinthians 15:54-57-Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ-We don’t have to win the victory, it has already been won for us. We don’t have to work for it. We can’t buy it. God gives it to us as an act of His grace. It is undeserved and unmerited, yet because He loves us He gives it to us.
1. Victory over sin-The wages of sin is death and Jesus paid the wages for our sin.
2. Victory over death-”The sting of death is sin”. Jesus took the sting out of death when he
died and was touched by the sting of death. Death could not hold Him.
3. Victory over the grave-Jesus won this victory when he arose from the dead and the dead in
Christ will rise again also. He said, “Because I live, you shall live also”. The grave could not
hold Him.

Thanks be to God-Let us be ever thankful for what God has done for us and constant in offering our thanksgiving unto Him for the “Victory In Jesus”.

Loves Greatness

1 Corinthians 13:13-Now abides faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
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Now abides faith, hope, and charity (love):
1. Faith-”Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews
11:1).
2. Hope-”Hope is a feeling that what is wanted will happen.” (Webster’s Dictionary). Hope
abides now because what we want to happen has not yet become a reality.
3. Love-Love is a strong feeling or affection for someone. We feel it, show it, and take great
pleasure in it.

But the greatest of these is charity (love)-Love is the greatest because it is something that shall endure beyond this earthly life. When we get to heaven we will have no need of faith for we will have all that we hope for. We will see it and experience it. We will have no need of hope for we will have what we wanted and needed. “Hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why doth he yet hope for?” (Romans 8:24). All we could every hope for we will have in heaven and no need to hope any more. Love on the other hand is something that we shall feel, show, and take great pleasure in when we get to heaven. We shall dwell in the very presence of love for “God is love”. We shall experience love from our brothers and sisters in Christ to a degree that we have never experienced it before. Therefore the greatest of these is love.

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