“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
Overcoming the mountain requires faith in your equipment, abilities, and climbing partners. You are actually committing your life to that faith.
Faith. It can overcome the world! But faith, for me, is one of those hard to explain concepts. I say I have faith; I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. But it is hard to define to others and to sometimes put into practice. I think Billy Graham explained it the best. “Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it.”
If we use Billy Graham’s definition (which I do like) then we see that faith has two distinct parts: believing and committing. If we genuinely believe in someone or something then we will want to commit our lives to it. This reminds me of the disciples. With all that they saw Jesus do, it wasn’t until He walked on water and calmed the storm that they said, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
Sometimes our faith requires a bit of work before we are totally committed (I know mine does!). Do you pray with confidence or do you temper your requests with statements that question God’s power? I think I fall into the latter most times. I think of myself like the father who brought his son to Jesus to be healed. He asked Jesus to help his son, “if He could”. Jesus tells him, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” The father replies, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I come to Jesus but temper my prayer with “if You would” or “if it be Your will”. If I believe and am committed to God, to Jesus, then where is my confidence and my trust? Where is my faith? Do I really believe if I have doubts? Am I honestly committed if I don’t trust the love and power of God and Jesus?
Lord help my unbelief! Lord give me victory over the world and its tempting songs. Lord help me to overcome my own doubts and fill me with Your grace, love, and power so that others might see You in me. Let them see that You truly are the Son of God and believe.
This week let’s all come to Jesus with confident faith to overcome: our pasts, our doubts, our fears, our flaws, our sins, and our unbelief, and gain the victory!
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week to as we strengthen our faith and obtain the victory.
Blessings of belief and commitment!