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How I Know That I Have Victory Over The World
"It is the will of Christ that His disciples should have peace within, whatever their troubles may be without." - Matthew Henry
"We overcome the world by being brought into union with Christ." - Vincent's Word Studies
"...the victory over the world is not owing to faith itself, but to its object Christ, Who has overcome it, and makes true believers in Him more than conquerors over it." - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible
"How serenely may we pass through the most turbulent scenes of life, when all is quiet and harmonious within."
- John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
"Never was there such a Conqueror of the world as Christ was, and we ought to be encouraged by it."
- Matthew Henry
"For it is by believing: that we are made one with Jesus, the Son of God, so that we partake of His victory over the world, and have dwelling in us One greater than he who is in the world."
- Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary
"...the world shall not be able to overcome you, how severely soever it may try you."
- Adam Clarke
The Scripture warns us - "...In the world ye shall have tribulation..."(John 16:33). You who are called out of the world in order to follow Jesus will be opposed and persecuted by those who are in the world. Satan - the god of this world - will try his best to throw deep dejection, sadness, brokenness of spirit, lamentations, and the lack of cheerfulness on you as a believer.
That sounds rather depressing by itself. However, the Lord Jesus did not stop there. He openly declared - "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace..." It is strictly His will and desire that - no matter what comes your way - you will have peace.
Listen to Who is speaking to you this day.
He is the One Who - said in John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"...Who "speaks peace unto His people, and to His saints"(Psalm 85:8)...Who is called "The Prince of Peace"(Isaiah 9:6)...Who "is our peace"(Ephesians 2:14)...Who is "...the Lord of peace Himself" Who "gives you peace always by all means"(2 Thessalonians 3:16)....Who is the "King of Peace"(Hebrews 7:2)...and Who is "the God of peace"(Hebrews 13:20).
"Peace" in the Scriptures denotes prosperity of every kind - every kind of blessing or happiness. God is the author and giver of peace - the source of peace. He is the God of all blessedness Who has at His disposal all temporal and eternal good. Hence, He is the giver of all good. He promotes the welfare of His people. Whatever He says - it tends to their peace, blessedness, and prosperity.
"...In the world ye shall have tribulation" - In the world, you will encounter lack, sorrow, pain, affliction, and troubles of every sort.
"...in Me ye might have peace..." - In Jesus, you will find all temporal and eternal good.
We cannot avoid being in the world. But while in it, we can always have the victory. The Lord Jesus said - "These things have I 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." In other words, don't be despondent. Display courage in the face of danger. The world can only afflict you for a season. But be assured of this one thing - it is a vanquished enemy. I have overcome it so that you would be able to do the same.
It's God's will that you "overcome the world." Since Jesus "overcame" it, and He lives inside you, then you can "overcome" it and its "tribulation" through His power.
The Apostle John made this very clear in his First Epistle by saying -
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith"(1 John 5:4).
"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"(1 John 5:5)
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
Then you can enjoy a continual victory over the world. In all of your circumstances, you can "keep on" conquering the world. You can habitually conquer whatever it lays in your way to keep you from obeying and following after God. The world and its maxims, precepts, and customs does not have to rule over you. Its spirit does not have to rule in your heart because the influence of God in your soul overcomes it. In and by your faith in Jesus, you cleave to Him - in contempt of and in opposition to the world. Your faith works in and by the love of God which withdraws you from the love of the world. You find yourself being superior to all worldly cares, desires, and fears.
"I have overcome the world"
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world"
The Lord Jesus "overcame the world." And because He lives inside of you through the Second Birth, you "overcome the world" as well.
But, you may ask, how can I know that I am walking in this "overcoming" power? How can I know if Jesus is truly ruling and reigning in me?
The answer is found in the Lord's words as recorded in John 16:33 - "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."
"In Me ye might have peace"
In spite of all the attacks that you are encountering, do you still have God's "peace" ruling and reigning in your heart? Are you walking in His Presence and receiving continual aid from the Holy Spirit to walk in victory in every circumstance that comes your way?
A sure indication - that you are "overcoming the world" and its hindrances to you making it to heaven - is the fact that you are "in peace." You are not allowing that "thing" or situation to get the best of you. You know ahead of time that Jesus has already "overcome" it. You are simply walking in His victory and by faith expecting it to manifest on your behalf.
"In the world ye shall have tribulation"
"In Me ye might have peace"
There is no doubt that you will encounter difficult times while passing through this world. But, know this - because of the "greater One Who lives in you"(1 John 4:4) - you can even walk through "the valley of the shadow of death"(Psalm 23:4) with His "peace" ruling and reigning in your heart.
Do you have victory over the world?
Then show us your "peace" - yes, even in the midst of the horrendous trials that you are experiencing at this moment.
May God Bless His Word.