1 John 5:4 – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
THE WORD “WORLD” IS THE GREEK WORD “KOSMOS” WHICH ALWAYS REFERS TO AN ORDERED SYSTEM OF THINGS SUCH AS SOCIETY OR CULTURE. SO WHEN JOHN WRITES THAT WE HAVE A “VICTORY THAT OVERCOMETH THE WORLD,” HE IS ACTUALLY SAYING, “WE HAVE A VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES, MASTERS, AND CHAMPIONS ITSELF EVEN OVER THE ORDER OF THINGS FOUND IN THE WORLD.”
THE WORD “OVERCOMETH” IS THE GREEK WORD “NIKOS” WHICH TELLS US THAT WHEN WE BEGIN THE WALK OF FAITH, WE ENTER INTO A REAL-LIFE COMPETITION. OUR FAITH PUTS US IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO THE DEVIL’S POWERS.
THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID HE WAS “CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED” (2 CORINTHIANS 4:9). ONE TRANSLATION SAYS, “WE OCCASIONALLY GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT NEVER GET KNOCKED OUT!” THOSE WHO ARE BORN OF GOD HAVE THE SUPERNATURAL ABILITY TO KEEP GETTING UP AGAIN, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THEY FALL!
JOHN USES THE WORD NIKOS TO DESCRIBE OUR SUPERIOR POSITION AS CHILDREN OF GOD OVER THE WORLD SYSTEM.
WE ARE FULLY ARMED WITH EVERYTHING WE NEED TO BE SUPER-CONQUERORS IN THIS LIFE.
Matthew 6:31 – “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”
IN ORDER TO NOT TAKE THOUGHT ABOUT ONE THING, ONE HAS TO FILL HIS THOUGHTS WITH SOMETHING ELSE. IN VERSE 31, JESUS GAVE US THE BASIC KEY TO CONTROLLING OUR THOUGHT LIVES. HE SAID “TAKE NO THOUGHT – SAYING.”
BY PUTTING A THOUGHT IN OUR MOUTH AND THEN SPEAKING IT, WE TAKE THAT THOUGHT. ONCE THE THOUGHT BECOMES SPOKEN WORDS, IT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED – ESPECIALLY WHEN A BORN AGAIN BELIEVER TAKES A THOUGHT AND SAYS IT. WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. WE HAVE THE GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO SPEAK AND EXPECT.
Revelation 3:17 – “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
I AM A “NEW WINESKIN,” CLEANSED, EMPTIED AND CAPABLE OF EXPANDING WITH THE NEW WINE. MY HEART IS A CONTAINER INTO WHICH THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS POURED.
I SWELL WITH CHRIST’S INNER FULLNESS. THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE IS TO CONTAIN THE FRUIT AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
I AM DESPERATE IN MY SEARCH AND HUNGER FOR GOD!
Galatians 4:19 – “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.”
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY