Matters of Faith: Victory By Faith

By Rev. J. Loren Russell

1 John 5:4
“Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

Have you ever wondered what faith really is? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “a firm believe in something for which there is no evidence.” Hebrews 11:1 says “it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The King James Version Dictionary defines faith as “the firm belief of God’s testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation.” Any way you look at it, the only way the faith referenced in this article can be quantified and realized is through a relationship with God.

As I looked at the text of 1 John that I referenced for this article, I saw the Apostle John emphatically declaring that those who are born of God have been given the ability to overcome all things flesh; the physical, emotional, relational, and the financial, which the Bible calls the world. This power is not given because of the strength, power or might of the people, but through their faith in God. Their faith is what gives them victory over the world.

As tempting as it is to take credit for these victories, all of the credit belongs to God. If, as the scripture says, we are born of God, He gives us victory over all earthly battles no matter how challenging or debilitating they may be, through our faith. This is not merely a cliché, it is an irrevocable promise. Every time a tribulation is overcome in our life, our faith in God is demonstrated and His power is on display.

Rev. J. Loren Russell

Where is your faith? Do you have the kind of faith that gives you victory that overcomes the world? If not, verse 14 says of those who do, we can “ask anything according to His will, and He hears us.” I am asking the Lord that you have an increase of your faith that empowers you to overcome the world.

Be Blessed!

Rev. J. Loren Russell is President/CEO of The JLR Company for Church Financial Strategy & Consulting; an associate minister at both Goodwill and The Greater Universal Baptist Churches in the Bronx; and creator & host of “Matters of Faith – The Radio Show” Mondays 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Listen on Matters of Faith on Facebook LIVE.

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