“There was a point in my life,” Stan commented one morning “when some things happened that I was not sure I could handle. There were some significant setbacks that seemed like too much for me to overcome and survive.”
“What was that all about?” I asked.
“I had made some decisions that in retrospect turned out to be foolish,” Stan replied.
“Things are usually a lot clearer in hindsight,” I offered.
“That’s right,” Stan said, “but in the situation in which I found myself I had no job, no income, no prospect, and things looked bleak. I tried my hand at starting a business, but it was not a roaring success and I soon closed the doors on that.”
“But, as God would have it,” he continued, “all of this came at a point in my life when I was just beginning to pursue a more serious relationship with and commitment to Him and He had something to show me.”
“What was that?” I asked.
“That the important stuff had been taken care of,” Stan replied, “and that God would take care of the rest.”
“What important stuff?”
“Salvation and redemption,” Stan said, “resulting in the assurance of life eternally with God when my time here is done.”
“And that took care of your problems?”
“The one that matters the most,” Stan said. “The problem of overcoming the world and all that the world was seeking to throw at me.”
“How could that be?” I asked.
“God says so,” Stan replied. “Both Jesus and the apostle John address this. First of all, Jesus said that I am to take courage, which means to not be afraid, for He has overcome the world. He also said that I was to seek first the kingdom of God and the other stuff would be added. I did seek first His kingdom and claimed His promise that He would provide what I needed.”
“And what did the apostle John have to say about this sort of overcoming?” I asked.
“He wrote in his first letter,” Stan replied, “that if I’m born of God I have overcome the world and that my victory in that overcoming is my faith.”
“Victory in faith,” I commented. “That’s very reassuring.”
“It is,” Stan replied, “and there’s great confidence and assurance for me to know that whatever happens, I’m going to be okay. More than okay! I’m not going to be overcome by the world.”
“Since you’re sitting here telling me about it,” I responded with a smile, “it looks like you succeeded in overcoming.”
“I did,” he replied, “but not on my own.” “It was through faith in God and in all He provides for victory over what may seem like too much to overcome.”
Bible verses to consider:
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world. John 16:33.
For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for sending your only begotten Son to overcome the world. Thank you for those who brought me to the truth so that I could be born again through accepting all that Christ accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection. Thank you for the victory in faith that results from my surrendering to all you have for me in overcoming all that the world seeks to throw at me, trying to drag me down. I confess that there are too many times when I do not claim your victory as fully as you intend. Please forgive that foolishness. And please help me in following every step of your lead to claim your victory over the world in every aspect of my being. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Have you accepted God’s provision for overcoming the world in the sense that you know you will spend eternity in His presence? If no, why? Do you not know His free and gracious gift of life eternally with Him is available simply to be accepted? If you do have the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing in relying solely on Him for all you need in overcoming whatever the world may try to throw at you? If you sense the need for change in how you rely on God in your life, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?