Summary: Life can be a struggle, but deep seated is the fact that its not the physical things that wrestle with, it is the spiritual. JESUS overcame the things of the world, both physical and spiritual. GOD’s WORD tells us of HIS Promises to those who overcome.
William Akehurst, HSWC
Scriptures Referenced Ephesians 6:12; John 16:33; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:1-13; 1 John 5:4-5; Revelation 2:7; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10-11; Revelation 3:11-12; Revelation 2:17; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 2:26; Revelation 21:6-7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 1:24-25
GOD’s Promises to those who overcome:
Life can be a struggle, but deep seated is the fact that its not the physical things that wrestle with, it is the spiritual. JESUS overcame the things of the world, both physical and spiritual. It is by our faith in CHRIST who overcame, that we can also overcome. And GOD has made promises to those who do through faith in CHRIST.
OVERCOME - To Stand the challenges, tests, trials and tribulations of this life.
Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
CHRIST HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD
Note: JESUS says, “in ME…” We have peace through tribulation and can rejoice in sorrows because JESUS has overcome these things for us to share the victory.
John 16:33 (KJV)
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
IN THE POWER OF CHRIST OVERCOMING, WE OVERCOME.
GREATER IS CHRIST, than the demonic forces in this world.
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
OBEDIENCE AND VICTORY BY FAITH
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Note: GOD’S WITNESS THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT is the HOLY SPIRIT that gives us witness.
6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
VICTORY TO OVERCOME THE WORLD IS THROUGH OUR FAITH – THOSE BORN OF GOD OVERCOME
FAITH is the VICTORY!
1 John 5:4-5 (KJV)
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
PROMISE – TREE OF LIFE
Note: Garden of Eden, 1-tree of knowledge of good and evil, 2-tree of life. After sin, GOD made tree of life inaccessible so that man wouldn't live an eternity in sin. As a believer in CHRIST, this tree of life awaits us when we are presented faultless, sinless, covered by the blood of CHRIST before the FATHER. It is appointed once to die, and then the judgment, at which time, CHRIST confesses us before the FATHER. See note for Revelation 3:5 below*.