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1 John 5:3-4

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.


We hear the phrase “overcoming the world” and sometimes wonder what that really means and if it is possible. Obviously it is possible to overcome the world or our Lord would no have told us to do so. He in fact set the example for us. John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

What then is overcoming the world and how do we do that? The world I see today is filled with immorality, a total disregard for the rule of law, greed and religious and political elites who think they have the answer for the masses. Is there any way to overcome that garbage?

Matthew 4:8 says, “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;” The world really is this earth and its system and perceived riches. When the devil came to tempt Jesus, he took Jesus up to a exceeding high mountain and showed Jesus all of these things. All Jesus did was quote the written Word to the devil. 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.”

Jesus made it clear that His love and affection were on things above and not on this world. The key to overcoming this world is therefore then simply love. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” When we truly love the Lord and the things of God there is no attraction in the temporal things of this world. It doesn’t mean that we don’t need finances to survive while we are here on earth and it doesn’t mean that we are not to be gainfully employed if we are physically able to be so. It just means that our affection is set on things above and we trust the Lord to supply our earthly needs while we experience the love of God in our life and share that same love with others.