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Because Greater Is He Who Is in You

June 2, 2016

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Because  Greater Is He  Who Is  In You

Decisions, decisions, decisions.     Every day we have to choose  which way  we should go.     Some people  will brightly  and confidently say,  “Come this way.     I know  what you should do.”      Other will say,  “I think it would be better to……. because I’ve been doing this  for years  and it works  for me.”      We face problems  and challenges  along the way ……… The way we are going  doesn’t feel right,……… and it seems like  we are getting led down  some strange  sort of path.     We aren’t comfortable,  so what is the matter?

The beloved apostle John  knew exactly what every child of God  would have to face  throughout their lives  as we are led  to make decisions  about the things  in this world.      He tells us about it  beforehand,  so that we can be aware  of what is happening.     In 1 John 4:1-6 John tells us  how we are  to consider everything  that confronts us  in this world.     He says,

Beloved,  do not believe every spirit,  but test  the spirits  to see whether  they are from God;  because many false prophets  have gone out  into the world.     By this you know  the Spirit of God:  every spirit  that confesses  that Jesus Christ has come  in the flesh  is from God;  and every spirit  that does not confess Jesus  is not from God;  and this is the spirit  of the antichrist,  of which you have heard  that it is coming,  and now it is already  in the world.

You are from God,  little children,  and have overcome them;  because greater is He who is in you  than he  who is  in the world. 

They are  from the world;  therefore  they speak  as from the world,  and the world listens  to them.

We are  from God;  he who knows God  listens to us;  he who is not  from God  does not listen  to us.     By this we know  the spirit  of truth  and the spirit  of error.

Whatever  anyone touts as truth  and a wonderful thing to do  needs to be tested  according to God’s word.     So much  of the world despises  the true God  and because of their pride,   they are out  to drag others  along with them  in their worldly ways.

John wants us  to test worldliness  in everything  that confronts us.     When a person honestly “confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh”,  they are saying  that Jesus Christ  is God Almighty,  come down  to this earth  to suffer  and die  for our sins  —  and that there is absolutely no other way  for anyone  to be saved.     There is no other God.     They are subscribing  to every detail  of all the truths  in the whole Bible,  and saying  that they worship  and praise  the Lord Jesus  for the greatness  of His condescending love  for us.     We will be able  to see their humbleness  in desiring  to live  according to God’s word.

Everyone  who does not believe  that Jesus is God Almighty  is not from God,  and they are,  in fact,  “the spirit  of the antichrist”.     Everything they say  is worldly  and other worldly people agree  with them.     We will see them  strongly supporting worldly ideals,  such as homosexuality,  abortion,   evolution,  sexual “freedoms”,  philosophies,  and a denial of the truths  in God’s eternal word  —  the Bible.

Because we live  in this world,  we have to face  all these worldly ideals  that are from the antichrist.     It all seems  so overwhelming.     We don’t have the power  to change all that.     God does not ask us  to change all that.     All God asks us to do  is to stand strongly  in all of His truths  that are in His word.     We overcome the world  as we hold onto our faith  in Jesus Christ.     That is why  John assures us,

You are  from God,  little children,  and have overcome them;  because greater is He who is in you  than he  who is  in the world.

God is  in us  and He will give us  the strength  to live  according to His word.     We are not going  to change the world,  but we do need  to continuously look  to Christ Jesus  in faith,  hope,  and love.     He alone  is our Strength,  our Rock,  and our Fortress.     He is God  our Savior.

As we walk  with the Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus, You have overcome the world,  and now You live  in us.     Thank You  for condescending  to live in hearts  like ours.     Lead us in Your truths,  that we might stand strong  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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