Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Orange Moon Tuesday, April 18, 2023 "He That Overcometh"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…    

"He That Overcometh" 


     "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (I John 5:5).

     From the moment of our conception, until our passage from this present life, spiritual enemies seek to keep us from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Be it in the new birth, or in the life lived after one trusts the Savior, the devil, the world, and the flesh fight to hinder faith in the Lord Jesus.  Thus, to believe is to overcome.

    The Apostle Paul referred to salvation as being turned "from the power of Satan unto God" (Acts 26:18).  The devil works through worldly and human influences to hinder people from trusting the Lord Jesus in the new birth.  Only the power of God, received through faith, can work in human hearts whereby we "believe that Jesus is the Son of God" in saving grace.  We do well to remember this as we pray for unbelievers, and as we share the Gospel with them.  Their darkness involves devilish, worldly, and fleshly influences that can be overcome solely by God's grace, and by the reception of faith.  "The Father…hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son" (Colossians 1:12; 13).


   After we believe, "the good fight of faith" awaits us (I Timothy 6:12).  Interestingly, the same issue constitutes the nature of conflict for believers as unbelievers.  Will we "believe that Jesus is the Son of God?"  "As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him" (Colossians 2:6).   Of course, this does not involve the initial faith of our salvation, but whether we will view life in terms of who the Lord Jesus is as the risen Son of God, and as our redeeming Savior.  Our enemies work to distract us from the truth that, when believed, results in the overcoming of their evil working in our lives, and in our sphere of influence.  Is the Lord Jesus the Son of God in this circumstance?  Or that problem?  Or in seeming domains of darkness wherein His light shines regardless of appearance?  Believing the truth often presents great challenge, which must be overcome by believing the Lord Jesus is the risen Son of God, having overcome the worst His and our spiritual enemies could foist upon Him.  

   "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" (John 16:33).

   Note the Savior said these words to His disciples before He trampled Satan and his minions under His nail-pierced feet when exiting the tomb in triumph.  What would He say to us now?  The New Testament epistles answer the question over and over again.  The Lord Jesus is the Son of God, the crucified, risen, and ascended Son of God, with all such glory entails in every aspect of His presence in our hearts and lives.  We overcome through Him, and through our affirmation of Him by faith.  Yes, he who overcomes is "he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God."

Sometimes it seems that the enemy of our soul wins
over and over and over again.
But if we could see the Truth much more clearly, my friend,
we'd see Christ triumph over death, hell, and sin,
over and over and over again…
over and over and over again.

The Tomb is empty, the Throne above occupied.
For Christ is risen again, from death glorified.
So remember when hot, stinging tears fill your eyes,
the triumph He's shone so many times in our lives,
over and over and over again…
over and over and over again.

Forever draws nigh, we will be with Him there soon, my friend.
The trials of this life will be gone when we're with Him in Heaven.
Glories we'll see, majesty without end, 
that sing the glad hymn, Christ is risen again,
over and over and over again…
over and over and over again.

"Though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God.  For we are also weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you."
(II Corinthians 13:4)

Weekly Memory Verse
     But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
(Hebrews 2:9)






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