Summary: The Work and effect of the Holy Spirit In every believer.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Greater simply means more. The One who is more than enough is in the inside of you. If you are in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the One who is more is on the inside of you. Because of this we have overcome. To hear many Christians talk, you would think the one who is less is on the inside of them. NO, the One who is more, the greater One is on the inside of us.
This should be the heart cry of every believer. The greater One lives within me. It is because of the greater One that lives within me that I am victorious. It is because of the greater One that lives within me that that I am successful. It is because of the greater One that dwells within me that causes me to triumph in every circumstance of life. Some people would say this is bragging. This certainly isn’t bragging on yourself, it is bragging on God and His ability. You’re not saying what you can do but what God in you can and is doing.
We should make it a habit to continually declare that the greater One makes us victorious. When we declare this, we are lining our words up with God’s words. We are giving God a place to work in our lives when we speak what He has told us to speak. This is not presumption it is obedience to His Word. Presumption is to assume something, and I am not talking about that at all. I am talking about acting on knowledge. We are acting on what we know to be true and declaring it to be so. Start to declare in obedience the greater One will cause me to succeed. I will not fail but will put my faith in Him. His Word tells us to do this in 2 Corinthians 4:13.
2 Corinthians 4:13 But since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke,’’ we also believe and therefore speak,
This will open the way for the greater One to rise up inside of you. When we do this we magnify Him and open the door for Him to give us enlightenment, direction, and revelation to our spirit, healing to our bodies, and help and comfort in every situation of life.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
He’s telling us in His Word to come boldly and ask for this help, it’s there when we need it.
Some people would say I don’t know if I can do that or not, yet we are told to come boldly and ask. This is telling us to do it, God wants us to have His help. We should receive it and begin to walk in it.
One aspect of this is that we must come to realize that that He is always with us.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.’’
We all face life’s trials, let we can take great comfort in the fact the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence within us. He’s always present to help, not just when we feel like it but always, whether we feel like it or not. Our faith can not be based on our feelings. It must be based on what we know to be the truth of God’s Word. I would encourage you not to look to the circumstances but to look to the greater one within. The Holy Spirit will quicken God’s Word to your spirit and make it real. It is all too easy to take our eyes off of the one who has set us free and to dwell on the negative circumstances that come at us in life. Look to the inside where the greater one dwells, not to the circumstances.
We can know that regardless of the circumstances we have victory on the inside of us, if we will just give Him the opportunity to work on our behalf.
As our opening Scripture declares. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
We are of God. Begin to meditate on this until it is so real that nothing can take it from you, and know that as God’s child you have been called to succeed. God doesn’t want His children beat up and run down. Just the opposite is true. However we will just begin to realize it and walk in the light of it. Let Him speak this quiet assurance into your spiritual being and allow the One who is more to rise up in you, and begin to see yourself as the Holy Father see us in Christ.