3 Ways to Overcome the World (Revelation 12:11)
By Lynette Kittle
In the days we live in, it’s vital for us to know and remember that God has called us to overcome the world. Doing so means we don’t have to be fearful or worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow, or of being afraid to go to bed because of what might happen while we’re asleep.
We have been given all we need to overcome the world. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
Below are three ways God gives us to overcome the world.
1. Walk knowing we are covered by the blood of the Lamb. We are saved from the penalty for sin, the price paid in full, redeemed, and set free from its judgment because Jesus died in our place and conquered death. Hebrews 2:15, explains how He came and set us free from being held in bondage to the fear of death.
2. Generously tell our stories of how God has and is working in our lives. Our testimonies of His love and faithfulness are powerful and help us, and those who hear our words, to overcome the world. When we share our stories, we help those who hear to overcome the world by leading them to faith in Jesus Christ (1 John 5:5).
3. Recognize God will not lead us through fear. As Christians, He has not given us a spirit of fear, so we are not to let fear lead us in making decisions based on its threats (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear of death is a major motivator being used in today’s culture, a driving force in getting people to behave and cooperate in countless ways. All around us, it is promoted so people will make decisions based on “what ifs” rather than the truth of God’s Word.
Although Revelation 12:11 speaks of not fearing death as a way of overcoming the enemy of our souls, we most often only hear of victory by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
But failing to recognize the overcoming power of living unafraid of death, leaves Christians open and vulnerable to being ruled by it, instead of living knowing Jesus set them free from its grip. Sadly, fearing death leads even some believers to go against their conscience and convictions in making life decisions. As Hebrews 2:14 explains, “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power death—that is, the devil.”
Because of Jesus, we can allow the Holy Spirit to lead us where to go and what to do, knowing God has given us life everlasting. Death has been defeated and whether we live or die on earth, we live.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die and whoever lives by believing me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, iBelieve.com, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, Startmarriageright.com, growthtrac.com, and more. She has an M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.
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