“For everything that has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” (1 John 5:4 MKJV)
The topic is victory: victory that is to come; victory that is available today. Victory is intentional in that we are able, with the Lord’s help, to live each day with the intent of victory. There is also element of simplicity to daily living victoriously.
Alan Redpath wrote a book he titled “Victorious Christian Living.” Long ago I read it, but don’t remember much now, and no longer have the book. What I do remember is a story about Mr. Redpath’s speaking engagement in Los Angeles, California, that took place some years ago. He stood silently before a group–of pastors and pastoral candidates, I believe–leaning a bit to one side then the other, an effect of his old age. Finally, to the hushed audience he sang slowly the children’s song, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” He continued singing for several minutes. When he stopped, there were no dry eyes among the attendees. The message sunk deeply through the crusty skin, into the inner person. Y’shuaJesus loves us. That’s Victory. That’s Simple!
Regarding victory, Matthew Henry commented on the scripture from 1John that “Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armour by which we overcome. In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and in opposition to the world. Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. It has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The real Christian overcomes the world by faith.”
Y’shuaJesus loves us, from which we develop a habit of faith. This faith grows from the good soil of our lives. We begin the day in communion with our Lord. We read a passage of His Word. We think about it as we go about our duties and tasks of the day. We thank our Lord for the blessings we are given—those for our own use, and those given us to pass on to others. Faith develops as we walk in the Spirit of G-d. And as Mr. Henry tells us, “faith is the cause of victory.” It is through this victory that we overcome the world.
Y’shuaJesus loves us. Now what is the question? Y’shuaJesus’s love is the answer to all questions, all problems, all daily struggles. Simple victory, today and tomorrow. Y’shuaJesus’s love is not a reason to celebrate, it is The Reason to Celebrate.
Praise You, LORD, for in You we have our being, and through You we have victory. AMEN.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .