Life can be overwhelming. All too often I feel inadequate to do the things that God placed before me. I want to be helpful, I want to alleviate pain (my pain and others), but I don’t know where to even start. I want to make the best decisions. Sometimes, I simply do not know what to do next.
But Scripture says that my feelings are inaccurate. 1 John 5: 4-5 which says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I am “born of God” and I have faith in “Jesus’s victory,” therefore I have overcome the world, but sometimes I doesn’t feel like it.
Recently, my husband was listening to lectures on War World II battles between the American and Japanese in the Pacific Ocean. In one of these lectures, a quote from one of the soldiers was read. It contained a description of the pain and suffering that the solider and his comrades were experiencing. Between the equipment they were carrying, the sites that they saw, and the pain they were experiencing, I doubt that they felt like they were overcoming the Japanese. But from our perspective, we know that they were overcomers.
Overcoming the world is a process. I like to refers to myself as a “work in progress.” Some days we will be more encouraged than other days. If you are a Christian, I encourage you to take heart, keep fighting, and remember that we are victorious. Keep making decisions to the best of your ability, and keep trusting the one who is leading us.
And if you are discouraged, read 1 John. The point of that letter is to say that if you are in Christ, you are saved and you will be victorious. God wants us to live with confidence in Him. Being confident that God hears and answers our prayers. Being confident that God can protect us from sins. Confident that even though there is evil all around us, God will protect us.
I hope you have enjoyed this study of 1 John as much as I have. You might come across some phrases that you may not understand. It is okay. Read it anyway, I don’t understand it all either. If you have any questions about this book, I would love to hear from you and maybe we can find the answers together.