Our Faith: The Victory

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:4 ESV

The voices of this world want to convince you that victory cannot be yours. They want to persuade you that there are limits to what you can do for God’s glory, and that anything that goes beyond “reasonable” is foolishness. Eyes of scrutiny will be upon you as you step out in radical obedience to the Lord, following Him to places that most would not dare go on their own.

People will try to sway you from such unreasonable plans and convince you that your faith has no merit. However, this is when we must draw upon our identity as overcomers through Christ and rise above the voices that try to weaken our faith.

The great deceiver of this world will try to convince us that God’s Word has no power in our own lives. He will try to persuade us to believe his own words, which are filled with lies. In the quest for his own victory, Satan roam[s] throughout the earth, going back and forth on it (Job 1:7), looking for those whose faith he can make falter. He wants to steal the victory that is ours in Jesus Christ, but his lies are no match for a faith grounded in the truth of God’s Word.

We are children of God, and we will believe the truth of what our Father tells us: that everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world (1 John 5:4).

We are overcomers through our faith, and we are guaranteed victory over this world because of it. We must embrace this mindset as we ask God to reveal the path He wants us to take. If we do not, we will give in to the voices that tell us we could never do the things He has called us to. We will start believing the limitations set upon us, and then victory will belong to the enemy.

God wants to use us in incredible ways to advance His kingdom and glorify His name, but we must believe it is possible through His great power. Let us start living as though we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) through Jesus Christ and that our faith is the victory that has overcome the world (1 John 5:4)!

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How have you overcome when your faith was tested?

by Jill Holler

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 Jill Holler grew up on a farm in western Illinois, enjoying a life of running free through the pastures during the day and gazing at the countless shimmering stars at night. All around her, she could see the work of God’s creative hand, and she knew He was real. Yet it wasn’t until years later that she would discover the abundant life of faith that comes from taking hold of the living power that resides in God and His word. After struggling to find purpose and meaning for much of her young adult life, she found that it resides simply–yet powerfully–in Jesus Christ, her God and Savior.

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