Written by: Tim Wood
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4 ESV)
Victory is an outcome that most people desire - victory over opposition, addiction, sickness or struggles. Everyone born of God overcomes. Everyone born of God is victorious. How is one born of God? Verse one in this chapter explains, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.” Faith in Jesus as Christ is the key to being born again.
Faith is also the key to overcoming the world and experiencing victory over the world. Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 ESV). Jesus’ words are powerful. Faith in Jesus means I experience His peace. Living in the world means I experience tribulations. The world is full of unexpected twists and turns. Living in this world we experience sufferings, accidents, diseases, selfishness, bitterness and more. We gain victory over all these things by faith. A faith in Jesus that talks to Him, walks with Him, and abides in Him- that faith is the key to overcoming the world’s tribulations. Faith opens up the presence and power of God into our lives. Day by day, we have overcoming victory in the world as we realize God is with us and for us.
Faith is the victory. Don’t miss the practical power of this truth. Victory doesn’t overcome the world. A winning outcome doesn’t overcome the world. Faith does - faith in God’s Son, His plan, His Word. If I’m sick it’s natural for me to desire healing. But healing isn’t the victory. Faith in God during my sickness is the victory. If I’m facing a trial it’s natural for me to desire a resolution. But a resolution isn’t the victory. My faith in God during the trial is the victory. Our faith is the victory. Embrace it and walk in it.
Nike is the Greek goddess of victory. The Greek word “nike” appears twice in the verse above. The Greeks believed ultimate victory could not be achieved by mortals, but only by the gods. However, our God has given to us the victory that many believed to be unattainable and we experience our victory by expressing faith in Jesus.