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July 25, 2021                                    
 

 

“Because greater is He…”

 

1 John 4:1-6  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  (2)  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  (3)  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  (4)  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.  (5)  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  (6)  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 

     What a blessed truth the Holy Spirit uses the apostle John to remind us of here in these verses!  First, He warns us not to believe every spirit because every spirit is not of God.  We must remember who we are fighting.  This is a spiritual warfare, not a fleshly one.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (4)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  (5)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  (6)  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

 

     Carrying a firearm and being aware of our surrounding may very well help in physically protecting ourselves and our loved ones, but as children of God we are faced with a totally different confrontation.  The fleshly dangers of this violent world in which we are sojourning are clearly growing more evident every day.  However, though the evil and wickedness of our spiritual enemies seem to be lurking somewhat harmlessly in the background, they are, in truth, far more dangerous than any physical threat.
 

1 Peter 5:8-9  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  (9)  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

 

     This is a warning directly from God, Himself to every true believer.  He tells us very clearly that we must not allow the enemy to lull us into a state of indifference.  We must, by the grace of God, be continually on guard.  We cannot afford to become slothful.  We must, with the Lord’s help, keep ourselves spiritually prepared. 

 

Ephesians 4:27  Neither give place to the devil.

 

Ephesians 6:11-13  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

     The thought of being attacked by a violent criminal is fearful.  However, though it may not seem so, the spiritual devastation one can experience at the cruel, merciless hand of Satan and his demons is unspeakably worse.  We must take this fight seriously.

    No doubt, not one child of God will finish his or her course through this life without at least a few battle scars.  The good news. however, is that in Christ, we have absolutely everything we need to be victorious!  Notice what He tells us here in 1 John 4:4. 

 

 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.  

 

     Praise God, the Holy Spirit lives within us and HE is GREATER!   It is His truth, wisdom, power, and strength by which we can and will overcome.

 

Galatians 5:16-17  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  (17)  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 

Ephesians 3:16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

 

     So, fight on dear brothers and sisters with the armor of God, in the strength of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  By His grace and mercy, the victory is already His and therefore ours!

 

1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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