Overcomes The World

The Virtuous Life - Day 223 - 1 John 5-1-5 - Overcomes The World - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 223 – 1 John 5-1-5 – Overcomes The World – Growing As Disciples

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.  This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:1-5 (NIV)

Place Your Faith

Where will you place your faith? I’m not sure what you mean. Will you place your faith in yourself? Will you trust in your own gifts, talents, abilities, and resources? Will you rely on your own understanding? Will you follow your own counsel? Will you go and do whatever seems right to you? Will you be the master of your own destiny? Will you be the final arbiter of what is good and right and true? That would be exceedingly foolish. How do you know for sure? I know from the voice of experience. I have been there and done that. I have seen the error of my own ways. I have followed my own counsel and listened to my own advice. I have gone and done whatever seemed right to me. Where did all this lead you? It led me on a crooked path. I bounced from one fruitless endeavor to another. It led me into a life filled with bruises and brokenness. I suffered for my mistakes, missteps. and sinfulness. I reached rock bottom. I had nowhere to go. I was stuck in the mud and mire of my own pride filled life. So, what did you do? You know exactly what I did. Yes, I do. I cried out to you. I asked you for your help. I turned my life over to you. I came to believe in you. I placed all my faith and hope and trust in you. Yes, you certainly did. Now, only you, are the arbiter of what is good and right and true. If I think one thing and you say another, then I now know that it is time for me to readjust my thinking and realign my life with you. That is very good.

What has been, is, and will be the outcome of your placing all your faith and hope and trust in me? I am now living the life of salvation that you have secured for me. Your love for me, and my love for you, has made following and obeying your commands not burdensome to me. It has become my joy to do what is good and right and true. I love doing what is pleasing to you. You are helping me to overcome the world, as I live my life with and for you. Yes, you are and that is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I do believe in you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I love you with all that is within me. I will place all my faith in you. Loving you has made obeying your commands not burdensome. Help me to overcome the world as I follow and serve you. Amen

Key Question…  How is continuing to place your trust in the Lord helping you to overcome the world?

Living It Out…  Place all your faith in the Lord and allow Him to help you overcome the world.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to overcome the world as you place all your faith in Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your faith in the Lord is helping you to overcome the world.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your faith in Jesus Christ make you able to overcome the world.

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Overcome The World

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Faith- 1 John 5:3-5 - Overcome The World - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith- 1 John 5:3-5 – Overcome The World – Growing As Disciples

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:3-5 (NIV)  

Not Burdensome 

What is not burdensome to you? It is not burdensome to do what you ask of me. It is not burdensome to obey your commands. It is not burdensome to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. Why is that true? I know that you love me. I know that you care for me. I know that you are with me to help me. I know that you are on my side. There is nothing you have not done, are not doing or will not do for me that doesn’t have your highest and best intentions for my life. You have your very best in mind for me. That’s right. You have a very good purpose and plan for my future. Yes, I do. So, I can take no credit for loving you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I love you because you first loved me. I am so thankful that you placed love for you in my heart. I only ask that you keep on fanning the flame of love I have for you. Help my love for you to burn white hot. Set me on fire to love and follow and serve you. That, I will certainly do for you. So, because I love you I am ever looking for ways to do what is pleasing to you. It is no burdensome drudgery to follow and obey you. It is the overpowering desire of my heart and mind to go wherever you guide me to do whatever you ask of me. I want to live my life completely with and for you. I have no greater hope and desire and purpose than to be used by you. I ask that your hand will guide me. I ask that your favor will rest on me so I can bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good. So, because I love you I want my life to be in complete alignment with yours. I don’t want anything to come between us. I don’t want anything to hinder your ability to work in and through my life. With a heart filled with faith, I expect that you will give me everything I will need to overcome the trials and temptations and evil of this world. Use me according to your purposes. Fulfill your plans for my life. Yes, I will. You can count on it.

Father, thank you that loving you has made it my joy to obey all your commands. I want to do whatever is pleasing to you. What you ask of me is not a burdensome at all. Help me to have victory over all the trials and temptations and evil that is in this world. Amen

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Obey His Commands

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Love - 1 John 2:3-6 - Obey His Commands - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Love – 1 John 2:3-6 – Obey His Commands – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Walking With Me

How will you come to know me? What will give you the confidence and boldness to say that you do know me? How can you or anyone else make a certain determination that you do in fact know me? To some, those may sound like difficult, maybe even impossible, questions to answer. I would never have known how to answer those questions without you giving me the answers up front. But, you have given me the answers. You have told me how I can come to know you. You have given me a true and certain measurement on which I can gauge whether I am coming to know you or not. I would like to hear your answers to my questions.

If I am obeying your commands, I am coming to know you. I know why that is true. Why is that? For me to obey your commands I would first need to hear your commands. I would need to be listening to you. To be listening to you, I must have a relationship with you. That’s obvious. At one time, I had no interest in a relationship with you. I had no desire to hear from you. I thought I was doing quite well on my own without you. I was living for myself. I was living for comfort and pursuing pleasure. I did what I wanted when I wanted it. I certainly had no desire to follow and obey you. That all changed. How so? I began to know the brokenness and emptiness of my life. I was bruised and battered by my life of sin. I hungered for something more. I wanted something else. You wanted me? Yes, I did. Only you could give me a new life. Only you could forgive my sin and cleanse me of my unrighteousness. Only you could redeem and restore me into a new relationship with you. That’s right. So, I asked you to be my Savior and Lord. I told you that I wanted to live my life with and for you. I said that I would follow and obey you. Yes, you did.

Now, I am walking with you. I am following and obeying you. I am listening attentively to all that you are saying to me. I am putting into practice all that you are teaching me. Am I following and obeying you perfectly? No, I am not. Do I still need your forgiveness and cleansing? Yes, I do. But, is it my desire to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength? Yes, it is. Will I keep on following you? Will I keep on obeying you? Yes, I will. Am I trying to walk as Jesus walked? Yes, I am. Am I coming to know you? Yes, I am. Yes, you are coming to know me. Keep on walking with me, as Jesus walked with me, and you will keep on coming to know me.

Lord, you are my Savior and Lord. Thank you for making it possible for me to know and love God. Your word has changed my heart and mind and desire. I now want to obey all God’s commands and walk with Him just as you walked with Him. Amen

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