1 John 5:1-4 1 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.
1 John 2:17 7 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
- We have already said, your faith must be directed at Christ.
- We need to continue in our faith. We all struggle with doubts from time to time… we all feel along and stranded. Like the man came to Jesus to have his Son healed, we need in our struggles to say “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.”
- Be honest with God in your prayers. He already knows your struggles. Jesus identifies with us in our struggles. When you face temptations, physical trials or difficulties, whatever they are—be honest with God. Even be “brutally honest”. If something frustrates you, if you are having trouble trusting, if you are angry—do not go to God in prayer pretending these thoughts are not in your heart. Open up to God in prayer and lay these things before Him. Bring them to Him in faith and ask Him to increase your faith.
- When something in the world, a sin perhaps, tangles you down—the only way you will overcome it is through faith in Jesus. You cannot put a rule in place to change your heart. The Law will not help you overcome sin.
F. “But I have faith, and I do not feel like I am overcoming sin.” There are times where we think to ourselves, “I trust Jesus”—but just like Peter, we lose focus. We think ‘this world is so overwhelming, but I trust Jesus and I still do not seem to overcome sin’. First, there are some struggles in this life that we will never overcome, this does not mean I should surrender. The soldier in the trench does not give up just because he cannot see an end to the struggle. This is when you and I should turn to the objectivity of the cross. What I mean is the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again is clear proof that He has overcome. Think about it, study the Bible, pray about the work of Christ—train your heart to zero in on the clarity of the Cross. You may never feel like you have overcome your struggle—but Christ has overcome.