Our Faith

Today’s reading: Ezra 3-4; 1 John 5.

1 John 5:4 “This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.” In all the battle between God and the ponderous dragging weight of our sin nature, this is the greatest victory that can be achieved: not great things that we strive to accomplish, not impressive sacrifices that demonstrate a depth of devotion, not anything like that. The greatest victory God has ever won over the pull of the world system in my life is seemingly the simplest, perhaps the most basic: my faith in Him. That is the point at which the world system around me tries to attack every day, in every way that it can. That is the one point that Satan most hates and that he tries to weaken at every opportunity. But it is one aspect of my resistance to the pull of the world that is fully in my control: whatever happens, I choose to have faith in God and in His goodness.

Every time that things go wrong and you choose, instead of becoming bitter and angry at God, to trust that He knows what He’s doing and must have some plan behind it all, that is the victory that has conquered the world. Every time that common sense screams at you not to take the chance and risk comfort or security for something you feel moved by God to do, but you choose to ignore that common sense and trust God that He will look out for you, that is the victory that has conquered the world. Every time you choose to view the future, even the future after death, with something other than worry and uncertainty, and choose to “store up your treasures in heaven”, and not in this life, that is the victory that has conquered the world. These small decisions aren’t as impressive as doctoral degrees, or as concrete as financial empires, but they are the stuff that victory in God’s kingdom is made of. This is the victory God has called us to. Have faith in Him, and let Him win the battles for us.

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