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Greater Is He Who Is in You

August 18, 2018


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,  in detail,  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  to pay  for our sins — and that there is absolutely no other way  for anyone  to be saved,  except by believing  in Jesus’ merits  on our behalf.     There is no other God.     Those who believe God’s word  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  towards 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  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 various denials  of the truths  in God’s word.

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 our Savior.

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



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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