“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5
Climbing a mountain requires faith in your equipment, abilities, and your climbing partners. You are committing your life to that faith as you scale the mountain.
This verse tells us that if we honestly believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He came to this earth to die to save us, then we can overcome the world. Our faith in God and Jesus is our victory. Victory means we can claim to be the winners because Jesus was the winner first.
A famous preacher, Billy Graham, gave us this definition of faith. “Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it.” So, when we believe in God and Jesus, His Son, (and the Holy Spirit) and all of Their promises for us in the Bible, then we will want to commit our lives to Them. We have faith!
Our faith in God and Jesus helps us to overcome the world because Jesus already overcame the world and death when He rose from the dead on that first Easter morning. His victory is our victory.
But sometimes faith is hard. We can’t see or touch God or Jesus. We only read about them in the Bible or hear about them from our parents or Sunday school teachers or preachers. We have to find ways to make our belief real, to make our faith stronger.
My favorite way is step out into “big church”, the great outdoor world that God (and Jesus) created.
Where do see the beauty of God and Jesus? In a flower, a bird’s feather, a beautiful sunrise?
Where do you see the power of God and Jesus? In a sun warmed day, in a raging waterfall, in a mom’s love?
Where do you see the comfort of God and Jesus? In a soft field of clover, in a gentle breeze, in a puppy’s wagging tail?
Where do you see closeness of God and Jesus? In a bear-hug from dad, in a smile as you sing a hymn, in a cloud floating over head?
Step outside into “big church” and really look around you. Did you find God and Jesus? Draw a picture of where you “found” God and Jesus. Share it with your parents and tell them about your faith.
Blessings as you overcome the world with the victory of your faith!