Updated: Oct 13, 2019
Saturday, October 12th, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"…and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4 KJV)
In life, there’re adversities. Jesus said in John 16:33, “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” It makes no difference what the situation is; take advantage of God’s extraordinary power in overcoming life’s adversities by expressing your faith. Your faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
However, faith not expressed, won’t prevail. James 2 verses 17 and 26 lets us know that faith without corresponding action is of no effect: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). You express your faith in words and actions. An example is the account in Mark 10:46-52 of blind Bartimaeus; he repeatedly cried out to Jesus for healing. You’d have expected the Master to heal him right away, but that wasn’t what happened.
When Jesus eventually came face-to-face with the blind man, He asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The Lord could see that the man was blind, yet He needed him to act his faith.
When you study the ministry of Jesus, you’d discover He always wanted people to express their faith. So, when the blind man said to Him, “I want to receive my sight,” the Lord went ahead and healed him. Don’t cry or complain to God about your situation; express your faith!
Jesus said if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can achieve anything; nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20). And you already have faith, for the Bible says He’s dealt to every one of us the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Act on the Word. When you pray, rejoice, knowing you’ve received. That’s faith!
God doesn’t mind challenges coming your way, since He knows He’s already made you an overcomer. 1 John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Cheer up; the victory is yours already. Hallelujah!
CONFESSION "Blessed be God! In Christ, I’ve got the victory; I’ve overcome the world, its systems, economies and economics. I’m galloping in a perpetual victory parade. Through me, the knowledge of Christ spreads everywhere; my triumphs of faith effuse exquisite fragrance of His glory in every place. And as I live in God’s Word, I’m guided and inspired by His wisdom to fulfil His perfect will for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
FURTHER STUDY 1 John 5:4-5; Mark 11:22-24
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: 1 Thessalonians 1-2:1-16; Isaiah 54-56
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 5:19-27; 1 Kings 19