By Pastor William F. Kumuyi
I John 5:4-5 “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?”
I John 2:13-14 “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, be-cause ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father… I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”
The grace of God will make you strong. Your faith in Christ will make you strong. Strong people do not try to avoid difficulty. If you are strong and difficulties tug on you, you should bask in the excitement that it is meant to make you stronger.
As it is in the physical, likewise in the spiritual. A child of God should not bemoan his troubles in a corner, but rather meet it with a fearless determined push, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world; temptations and trials of your faith will always be there in the world to confront you. But if you are born again and Christ lives in the inside of you, I charge you to go out there and win the victory. You will be victorious in Jesus name.
Your child returned home from school unannounced. As the inquisitive parent that you are, you had to ask if he was on vacation. His response was in the negative. So, you inquired again. This time his answer was “Daddy, you know that I got this all important salvation before I was admitted in the university. And you know how delicate it is.
When I got to the campus I was surprised to see the way the other undergraduates were living their lives and the kind of things they were doing. Even the lecturers have their way of saying some troubling things. Due to the importance of this salvation, I felt the best thing to do was to run back home and hide in our house so that I do not lose my salvation.
If you are out there with such a mentality, I want to put the screw now so that you will go back out there; and when they are talking their rubbish, while they are at it, stand up to them with a new found courage and say to them, ‘eh listen to me everybody. I want to tell you something. It is a story that you have never heard, which will change your life for the better. I used to be afraid until I met this wonderful person. After that awesome encounter, my life turned around completely. At that moment, they will be all ears wanting to listen for more.
That person is Jesus Christ. I repented of my sin and got born again. Now I am a child of God. Some of them will begin to chant, “Pastor!” “Pastor!” Seize that opportunity to let them know that you are the Pastor of the class. I tell you that they will not bother you with those classroom temptations any more and the Lord will give you the victory in Jesus name.
Daniel did not run back home from Babylon, but he made up his mind to overcome and he sure did get the victory. The other three Hebrew friends of his did not back down to intimidation owing to idol worship. Peter and John did not cower to pressure from religious leaders, but made up there mind to obey the word of the LORD. And you will obey the word of the LORD in Jesus name.
I believe you still remember how Paul the apostle handled the dark powers of occultism when Elymas the sorcerer tried to dissuade the deputy of the country from the faith. He did not cringe thinking that this man will destroy me. My brother, nobody will destroy you. Â – No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that rises up against you in judgment you will condemn – But as a man of authority who had the final say, he proclaimed blindness upon the enemy of righteousness.Â
The same power that was upon Paul the apostle is coming upon your life. You will not run away from any enemy of righteous-ness, but you will stand and conquer them in Jesus name.
John 16:33 “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.”
Because Jesus overcame, you will overcome. The world will not outgun you. Their trials and temptations will not overcome you. You will be on the side of victory because you live on the faith of the Son of God and that faith in Jesus the Son of God is an overcoming faith.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth 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.”
Because you live by the faith of the Son of God you are a conqueror. You are a victor today. The power of God will follow you. All the things that threatened you in time past, I can see them giving way, because, right now, you are the overcomer.