23 NOV

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

FAITH: THE POWER TO OVERCOME

1 JOHN 5:4

‘…This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.’                1 JOHN 5:4 NIV
 
What the devil thought was his biggest victory, the death of Jesus, was actually God’s greatest triumph! Victory over death! ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ That’s God 1, devil 0. God’s won and we’re on the right team. You don’t have to win or overcome by playing dirty tactics. If you find yourself doing that you’re showing that you really don’t trust your Dad in heaven.
 
David said, ‘Through You we push back our enemies; through Your name we trample our foes’ (Psalm 44:5 NIV). Faith is only as valuable as the thing it’s placed in, and our faith should be in a God who never fails. The band Mumford and Sons put it like this in one of their songs, ‘Where you invest your love you invest your life.' So ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' (Luke 10:27 NIV). Jesus said, ‘I have given you authority to…overcome all the power of the enemy…’ (Luke 10:19 NIV). Paul said, ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us’ (Romans 8:35-37 NIV).
 
What now?
 
Look at the whole of Romans 8. Allow yourself to build up your armour looking at who you are in Christ. Take a look at this edition’s Pull-out Poster and the explanation on the back of it too. What do you learn about yourself?

Is 58-62, John 13:1-17, Ps 95, Pr 27:17-19

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