OVERCOMERS

“I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”       1 John 2:14 NIV

 

These words show us that the Christian life is not a perpetual Sunday School picnic! It is an intense battle with the enemy of our souls who seeks to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). While we can, and should experience victories over the temptations that the enemy puts in our path, there is another sense in which such victories are never complete or final. He doesn’t give up! We must understand the victories of these spiritually strong young men in a relative sense. Even when we win such victories, we are never strong in ourselves, but only in the Lord, and in the strength of His might (Ephesian 6:10). Often the weapons that the enemy brings against us are not frontal, but rather deceptive. As Paul wrote (2 Corinthians 11:3), “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” We must always be alert to his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). It is only when we allow the Word of God to abide in us that we will overcome the enemy’s schemes. The Lord Jesus overcame the tempter every time by citing Scripture (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). The only way that we will grow strong spiritually and overcome the evil one is to let the Word of God dwell in our hearts by meditating on it day and night (Psalm 1:2) and treasuring it in our hearts (Psalm 119:9, 11). It is then that we will be overcomers to the glory and honour of our Lord.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You that through Your Word indwelling us we can be overcomers.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord, that we will grow strong spiritually and overcome the evil one as we let Your Word dwell in our hearts by meditating on it day and night. Thank You that we will be the overcomers You called us to be. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

2 Timothy 4:9-22

 

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