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We Shall Overcome

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is He Who came by water and blood-- Jesus Christ;
not only by water, but by water and blood.
(I John 5:4-6)

Our faith in Christ can overcome the world and all its woes. This living faith is not baseless nor stands on nothing. It is firmly based on the infallible Word of God and stands secure on the Solid Rock Who cannot be shaken.

Whether our faith will stand in these troubled times will depend upon its strength and its maturity. Has our faith built its immunity and defenses against sins and doubts? Has our faith grown from a seed that the birds of the air can devour (Matthew 13:4) to a great tree that the birds of the air can dwell (Matthew 13:31-32)?

Like our faith, our immune system is also being built over the years. Those afflictions, including illnesses and diseases, which we have faced and overcome, will build a resistance for future attacks. Our human body is designed and built to fight and overcome foreign viruses and bacteria. But too often the human being chooses not to fight but relies heavily on prescribed drugs and medicine to do the job for us. When the attacks come again, those too dependent on medication will need a stronger and heavier dosage to do the task.

During the Wilderness Experience, God did not give the Israelites the Promised Land at one go. The LORD drove out the pagan nations little by little; for Israel would be unable to destroy them all at once. God would deliver the nations over to Israel, and would inflict defeat upon those nations until they were destroyed. Through each of these battles, the Israelites became stronger and stronger until they were able to overcome not only their enemies but also the beasts of the field as they dwelt in the land (Deut 7:22-23).

Our faith will be surely tested through trials and tribulations, afflictions and sufferings. It will not be proven till fully tested. The product is incomplete without going through the whole process.

Nobody loves to be afflicted with suffering and pain. And nobody can run away from them. From day one, we cry as we enter the world leaving our mother's womb.

There are two types of afflictions. One is self-afflicted, and the other is God-sent. Self-affliction such as unforgiveness, bitterness, sins, bondages and bad habits etc. are to reprove and rebuke the unrighteous.

The Bible speaks of another type of afflictions and sufferings, which are designed to perfect Christians and prepare them for greater service in God's kingdom. The believer's attitude throughout all their afflictions should follow the declaration of the apostle Paul, "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom. 8:18). These afflictions bring forth the purification of the believer as he identifies with Christ and His sufferings (Rom. 5:3-5; 2 Thes. 1:4-7).

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken." (Psalm 34:19-20)

"But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra-- what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." (2 Tim 3:10-12)

God is refining us as silver through His Holy Fire. He will deliver us out of them all. He will not leave us alone in the fiery furnace. He promises He will be with us throughout the process. He will surely take us out when the time is up. Unrefined silver is useless. But silver of purest quality is of great price.

"The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." (Psalm 12:6)

"For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity." (Proverb 24:16)

"For You, O God, have tested us; you have refined us as silver is refined." (Psalm 66:10)

"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." (Isaiah 48:10)

Jesus came to us in human flesh. He knew what it meant to suffer pain and afflictions. He Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross. Unless we have the joy and vision of what God is doing in our lives - the glorious finished PRODUCT, we will always struggle in the refining PROCESS. Every affliction will then be painful, without meaning and purpose.

There are three types of people. One cannot carry any weights, and they cannot bear their own burdens nor the burdens of others. Another can carry some weights, and they can bear their own burdens but not the burdens of others. The last and not the least can carry a lot of weights, they can bear their burdens and the burdens of others, and they know when and where to unload the burdens - at the feet of Christ.

Jesus told His beloved disciples in John 16:33:

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Jesus has overcome the world. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Thus we are assured that He Who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6).

As we will run the race towards the finishing line, we have this encouragement from Hebrew 12:1-12:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him Who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.."

Whether there is Sars or no Sars, in Him, we will live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28). And we shall overcome the world by our faith. To tell you the truth, we are more than overcomers...

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors (overcomers) through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:35-39)

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