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1 John 5:4-5

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

The world, as used in this verse, means world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly. It is what the Devil showed Jesus in Matthew 4:8, “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;” Jesus simply answered the Devil with the written Word of God. Matthew 4:10, “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

So we are going to worship whatever we place our faith in. Jesus immediately made it clear to the Devil that His faith was in the Lord God, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Since Jesus’ faith was in the Lord God and since Jesus was worshipping the Lord God, the world was of absolutely no temptation to Jesus. No wonder it is important to gather for corporate worship on a regular basis. Furthermore the importance of regular, intentional and personal devotional time spent with the Lord God cannot be understated.

When we spend sufficient time in corporate and individual worship and devotion it is easy to immediately proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. When I proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God I am actively placing my faith in the Lord God. Victory and overcoming power then come flowing into my life and there are no temptations in that particular circumstance that can entice me away from God’s way of love.

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