Vital Words to the
Body of Christ
Teaching the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
Whatsoever Is Born of God Overcometh The World
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:3 - 5
Do you have the love of God in you? Many would say yes, I love God, I love my brother or sister, I love my neighbor. All of these are great but, do you keep His commandments? Are His commandments grievous, heavy, weighty, burdensome, violent, cruel, or unsparing? Does keeping God’s commandments feel like a burden? Do we go to church to look good in the eyes of the community or are we rejoicing to be a part of God’s house?
Verse 4 tells us that whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, so what must we overcome? The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We live in a world with so many things to lust after, and we are so prideful; so it is very hard for man to be an overcomer. To be overcomers we must endure God’s chastening (discipline) in our lives and the more we groan and complain the more chastening we must endure. If we rejoice in our trials and tribulations then God is well pleased and we will begin to yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness in our lives, Hebrews 12:11.
Verse 5 tells us that the overcomers are those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Many times it takes trials in our lives to keep us humble that we do not exalt ourselves too much. We need to glory in our infirmities and trust God will bring us through. Paul endured much,
“…there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:7b - 10
Sometimes it takes trials in our lives to keep us humble that we do not exalt ourselves too much. We need to glory in our infirmities and trust God will bring us through. The writer of Hebrews tells us:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
To please our Father, we must have faith believing that we can change from this old, fleshly man to His image and likeness; that we may be overcomers, diligently seeking Him. God is waiting for a people to glorify His name in all that happens, and admired (wonder, marveled, have admiration) Him for His wonderful works. These will be those who believe in that day. What day is that? The day of His judgment. The day of His glorious return in a people, II Thessalonians 1:10.
You may say I believe in Jesus. If you believe you must ask yourself, “How is my faith?” James relates:
“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:18-20
We may say we believe but, faith without works is dead. We must show those around us our faith by how we live. There are many people who read the Word and hear the Word, but how many believe the Word? You won’t find them in the group of multitudes, but in the few, the remnant.
man hath seen
God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His
love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He
in us, and His love is perfected in us.” Loving one another allows
God to dwell in us and the more that we love, His love is perfected
in us. I John 4:12-13
desires to dwell in us, but we must overcome our old, fleshly man to
make room for God. Begin
today to put the Word of God to action. I would like to share the
following song. May it encourage you to begin today to put God's Word
in all your thoughts. Praise the Lord!
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:7 - 11
We rejoice with you as the day of the Lord approaches. Today is the day to get prepared for those things which are shortly to come upon the earth.