Living Waters: An Overcoming Life
Text: 1 John 5.4-5
According to the Word of God, to “overcome” means to live in the victory of Jesus Christ. It means to live in victory over the old nature, and to live in victory under the new nature. It means through Christ we must appropriate, in practical living, the victory purchased by Jesus through His redemption.
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? 1 John 5:4-5
Many today are being taught that being saved is enough, but don’t confuse “overcoming” with “being saved.” We are saved, all at once, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. But once we are saved, we must then “work out our salvation.” We must, through a series of life-long choices, allow the redemption which saves us, to grow to possess us, so that we become more and more like Jesus.
‘Wherefore, beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure’. Philippians 2:12-13
‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me’. Galatians 2:20
Overcoming, by definition, involves warfare. I must stand in the victory of Jesus Christ, refusing the old, and yielding to the new. We must do this, for God will not do this for us. “He that overcomes” is a qualifying mark given to those who are to reign and rule with Jesus Christ.
The primary reasons why Christians fail to overcome, and fail to experience what Jesus Christ has won for them is lack of knowledge and unbelief. So often we hear Christians saying things like they are trying their hardest to overcome their struggles and old nature, but the Bible reveals that we must never try to overcome so that we might enter into the victory of Jesus Christ; rather, it reveals that we can overcome BECAUSE His victory is already secure.
We need to understand that the victory of Jesus Christ is finished. Our warfare is never to WIN ground or to WIN the victory. Our warfare is to HOLD ground. We already possess the victory in Jesus Christ. For those who can believe and receive this truth, having faith and obeying God’s Word, will take possession of the areas in their life that were formerly occupied and controlled by the old nature and the lies of the enemy
Brethren, let us begin to leap over every situation and circumstance through Christ in us.
” For by thee I have run through a troop, and by my God I have leaped over a wall”. Psalm 18.29.
- Thank God for being with you in every storm of your life.
- Father, give me the grace to overcome the storms of life in Jesus name.
- Father, I will not be consumed in the midst of the storm and the pandemic ravaging the world.
- Father, increase my faith in You so that I will not fail You in life.
- Father, help Nigeria and Nigerians to overcome the storm of maladministration ravaging our nation in Jesus Name.