"Everyone born of God overcomes the world"
1 John 5:4
Scripture tells us that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord
and Savior, we become a "new creation" (2 Corinthians
5:17). We are "born again", or born from above (John 3:3,5).
We become "children of God" (John 1:12; Romans 8:16; 1
John 3:10). We "participate in the divine nature" (2 Peter
1:4). (Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the New International
Version, and any emphasis has been added.)
This change does not usually happen all at once, but continues
throughout our life as Christians. It sometimes occurs so gradually
that we hardly perceive it. But it is a tremendous change.
Christians are called to be overcomers. Most of us seldom act
like overcomers. God "has given us everything we need for life
and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3), but most of us often seem to
feel defeated by circumstances or by our own inadequacies. I think
part of the reason is that we have not fully understood or accepted
what our position in Christ really is. We have not made it our own.
We have not lived up to it. In this paper I want to sketch out at
least some aspects of that position, as we find it described in
As I reflect on the Scriptures dealing with our position in Christ
I find many of them to be truly astonishing. I believe them in my
mind, but it is hard to really believe them in my heart. I think
we have to start simply with faith in what the Scriptures say. Whose
report will we believe? Will we believe the eternal truths that
God has revealed in his Scriptures, or will we believe our own feelings,
impressions and ideas?
Do we believe that God is faithful? Do we believe that he will
keep the promises he has made to us? Abraham believed a promise
that, in the natural, seemed impossible of fulfillment, because
he "considered him faithful who had made the promise"
(Hebrews 11:11). Will we do the same?
Then we need to reflect on these Scriptures, to chew on them,
to let them sink into our inmost being. As the word of God becomes
"engrafted" in us (James 1:21 KJV), it is able to work
in us (1 Thessalonians 1:13) and change us. The word of God is "living
and active" (Hebrews 4:12). We need to hear the word, "believe
it and not doubt" (James 1:6), and then "do what it says"
(James 1:22). It is by our actions that we show what we really believe.
And so I invite everyone who reads this paper to ask God to "open
my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law" (Psalm
119:18). With Paul I pray, for myself as well as for you, "that
the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give
you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him
better", and that "the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably
great power for us who believe" (Ephesians 1:17-18).
As we consider these extraordinary promises of Scripture, let
us also remember that "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no
mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him"
(1 Corinthians 2:9).
Fasten your seat belts and here we go!
1. God is in us.
To say that God is in us seems astonishing, but it is Biblically
true. From it flow a number of very important consequences.
"If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God
lives in him and he in God" (1 John 4:15). "If we love
one another God lives in us" (1 John 4:12). "Whoever lives
in love lives in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16). "We
know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of
his Spirit" (1 John 4:13).
The Holy Spirit is one member of the Trinity. He is God. And he
dwells in us. Jesus said that we will know him "for he lives
with you and will be in you" (John 14:17). Paul wrote that
"You yourselves are God's temple and... God's Spirit lives
in you" (1 Corinthians 3:16). "Your body is a temple of
the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God"
(1 Corinthians 6:19).
Christ is also in us. If we will abide (live) in him he will abide
(live) in us (John 15:4 KJV). God has made known to those who believe
in him "this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory"
(Colossians 1:27). Paul wrote, "I have been crucified with
Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians
2:20). God has made us "alive with Christ" (Colossians
Paul wrote, "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful
nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And
if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong
to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of
sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the
Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he
who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal
bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you." (Romans 8:9-11).
(I believe that "if" in this passage really means "when".
Paul is saying that God does live in those who believe in Jesus
Christ and are controlled by the Holy Spirit.)
Note how Paul speaks of the one who lives in us as "the Spirit
of God", "the Spirit of Christ", "Christ"
, and "the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead"
(that is, the Spirit of the Father). While we usually speak of the
one who lives in us as the Holy Spirit, it is really all three members
of the trinity. It is God who lives in us, as John's epistle says.
This is absolutely astonishing. Almighty God created the physical
universe by his word, and sustains the universe by the word of his
power. He is truly awesome (in the original sense of that overused
word). Scripture tells us that no one has ever seen God (John 1:18).
God "lives in unapproachable light" (1 Timothy 6:16).
Scripture gives us some magnificent visions of God but even they
do not show his full glory. (See my paper on "Visions of God").
God's ways and his thoughts are far higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
He is beyond our understanding (Romans 11:33-34). "His greatness
no one can fathom" (Psalm 145:3).
And yet this same awesome God lives in me! He lives in each individual
who has accepted Jesus Christ and received the Holy Spirit! The
concept is so staggering that it is difficult to grasp, but it is
what Scripture says. It does not matter whether we feel his presence
or not. According to Scripture he is there.
When Solomon built a magnificent temple to God, he prayed, "But
will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest
heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!"
(2 Chronicles 6:18). But now God lives in each believer. My body,
your body (if you are a believer), is a temple in which Almighty
In the temple, there was a holy of holies where God was thought
to dwell. Only the High Priest could enter it, and he did so only
once a year. Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, the curtain
of the temple has been torn in two (Matthew 27:51) and we can all
"approach the throne of grace with confidence" (Hebrews
4:16). But it goes beyond that. We now are
the temple. God is in us. We have him with us continuously. We do
not need to seek his presence, because he is already
here. He is with us always (Matthew 28:20).
All too often, in our Christian life, some of us tend to pray
earnestly, and cry out, for what we already have.
Often, in church or other places of assembly, we may ask God to
manifest his presence. This is good. There are times when God does
manifest himself more clearly and powerfully than at other times,
and it is good to seek those experiences and to allow God's manifest
presence to work in us. But what these Scriptures are saying is
that God's presence is always with us, whether we are aware of it
Jesus said "Where two or three come together in my name,
there am I with them" (Matthew 18:20). There is a strength
and power in gathering together in his name. But if I read correctly
the Scriptures about God's presence within us, I believe they are
saying that we don't have to have two or three gathering together.
God is with us when we are alone. This is very important to know.
If we are bed-ridden and cannot get to church, God is still with
us. If we are persecuted and in prison, perhaps in solitary confinement,
God is still with us. I once read of an American general who was
captured by Italian terrorists. For over a year they kept him isolated.
They kept earphones on his head and required him to listen to loud
rock music for 24 hours a day. He found that, under these circumstances,
he could feel the presence of God. I believe that nothing, except
our own willfulness, can separate us from the presence of God (see
To avoid any possible misunderstanding I want to make one thing
clear. I am not saying that we are gods, or equal to God. The God
who is in us is the same as the "only true God" (John
17:3) who has existed for all eternity and who is separate from
his creation. God is the creator. We humans are created beings.
God is omnipotent. We humans can exercise such power as God chooses
to give us. and for only as long as we continue to abide in Jesus.
Jesus said, "apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
The New Age picture of someone tramping an ocean beach shouting
"I am God, I am God" is both ridiculous and blasphemous.
But having said that, I go on to say that God has given extraordinary
things to those who believe in Jesus Christ and continue to abide
2. We are part of Christ's body.
Scripture expresses this truth in another way. We are part of
Christ's body. We are as closely and intimately related to Jesus
Christ, through whom the universe was created, as our neck or arms
are related to our head!
All believers were "baptized by one Spirit into one body"
(1 Corinthians 12:13). Paul compares this body of believers to the
human body. We are part of each other, just as the hand, the foot,
the eye, the ear, and other parts of the human body are part of
each other (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). Then Paul says something amazing,
"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part
of it" (1 Corinthians 12:27). "Do you not know that your
bodies are members of Christ himself?" (1 Corinthians 6:15).
We are part of Christ's body! We are part of the body of Almighty
"In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member
belongs to all the others" (Romans 12:5). "Speaking the
truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the
Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held
together with every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself
up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:15-16).
"Christ is the head of the church, his body" (Ephesians
5:23). "We are members of his body" (Ephesians 5:30).
In his great prayer the night before he was crucified, Jesus said,
"I pray also for those who will believe in me through [the
disciples'] message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as
you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the
world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory
that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one; I in them
and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the
world know that you sent me and have loved them, even as you have
loved me." (John 17:20-23). All who believe in Jesus Christ
are to be unified because they are in Jesus Christ and in God.
What does all this mean? Just as the human body is formed of many
parts, which are intimately bound together in many ways and form
part of a single body, so we who believe in Jesus Christ form a
single body, intimately bound together. But this is not just our
body; it is the body of Christ. Christ is the head; we are the arms,
legs, hands, feet, internal organs, etc. We are as intimately joined
to Jesus Christ as our neck is joined to our head. We and he are
part of one body. Not only is God in us; we are in God.
We often speak of wanting to have a closer relationship with God.
These Scriptures say that we already
have it. How can you have a closer relationship than that of the
different parts of the human body? What we need to do is to recognize,
appropriate, and live, this relationship that we already have..
Scripture uses another image to express this unity. We who believe
are to become the bride of Christ (Matthew 9:15, 25:1-13; Revelation
19:7, 22:17). Scripture tells us that in marriage "'a man will
leave his father and mother and will be united to his wife, and
the two will become one flesh.' This is a profound mystery - but
I am talking about Christ and the church" (Ephesians 5:31-32).
So we, as the bride of Christ, will be united with him.
How can human beings, created objects, be joined so closely and
intimately to Almighty God? Paul calls it a mystery, and I suggest
that it is almost as great a mystery as the fact that Jesus Christ
is fully God and fully man. But Scripture declares it to be true,
and we can only give thanks that God has chosen to so unify us with
3. God speaks to us.
Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and
they follow me" (John 10:27). He told the religious leaders
of the Jews, "He who belongs to God hears what God says. The
reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God" (John
The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide. "He will teach
you all things" (John 14:26). He will "guide you into
all truth" (John 16:12). He "will speak only what he hears,
and he will tell you what is to come" (John 16:13). He tells
us the thoughts of God and enables us to understand spiritual things
(1 Corinthians 2:10-16). He quickens the words of Scripture to our
heart so that they become a word which God has spoken to us at that
moment. We "live by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16). We "drink"
the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).
It is often hard to think of God speaking to us if we picture
God as "out there", at a great distance, speaking to us
in an audible voice. Most of us seldom (if ever) hear an audible
voice. But God is not just "out there. " He is also in
us. I believe he is speaking to us much of the time, leading us,
guiding us, and prompting us. Since we are part of his body, his
speaking to us is no more difficult or unusual than the act of our
brain in sending a hormone to some of our tissues to tell them to
respond in a certain way. I believe this process of God speaking
to us is so natural that we often fail to recognize it.
4. God works in us.
God is working in us to carry out his purposes for us. "He
who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6). "Continue
to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God
who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose"
(Philippians 2:12-13). The word of God "is at work in you who
believe" (1 Thessalonians 2:13). God was "at work"
in the ministries of Peter and Paul (Galatians 2:8). Paul spoke
of God's "energy, which so powerfully works in me" (Colossians
1:29). God's word penetrates us and judges our thoughts and attitudes
(Hebrews 4:12). We are made holy by "the sanctifying work of
the Spirit" (2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2). God is working
Part of the way God works in us is by enabling us to "live
by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16). The Holy Spirit lives in our
spirit. He wants to be able to control our soul and flesh as well.
The Spirit and the sinful nature "are in conflict with each
other" (Galatians 5:17). They are at war with each other (Romans
7:23; 1 Peter 2:10). It is only as we learn to live "according
to the Spirit" (Romans 8:4), to be controlled by the Spirit
(Romans 8:6, 9), that we can find peace and please God. The result
of learning to live by the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit, "love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). I believe it is because
the Holy Spirit lives within us that he is able to work in us to
bring us into obedience, and to give us the fruit of the Spirit.
(See my papers on "The Importance of Obedience" and "The
Fruit of the Spirit".)
5. We can become like God in character.
We are to be "transformed by the renewing of your mind"
(Romans 12:2). "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Scripture
tells us what this new creation is. "We, who with unveiled
faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his
likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18). We are being transformed
into God's likeness. We "put on the new self, created to be
like God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:24),
"the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image
of its creator" (Colossians 3:10). We have "the mind of
Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16). We "participate in the divine
nature" (2 Peter 1:4). "In Christ all the fullness of
the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness
in Christ" (Colossians 2:9-10).
The transformation these passages speak of is drastic and total.
The word rendered "transformed" in Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians
3:18 is metamorphoo. It speaks
of a metamorphosis, a change like that from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Again, when Paul speaks of the "old self" and the "new
self" he is speaking of a complete and total transformation.
We become a "new creation." The process takes time; it
is not instantaneous. But its aim is a total transformation. (See
my paper on "Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind".)
Originally, God created mankind "in his own image" (Genesis
1:27). With the Fall in Eden, man lost much of this image. Now,
as a result of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, the image of God,
in which we were originally created, has been restored for those
who believe in Jesus Christ. We are transformed into God's "likeness",
into the "image" of our creator. We have his mind. We
participate in his nature. We have his "fullness".
We see this clearly expressed in Romans. "If, by the trespass
of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more
will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of
the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus
Christ? Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation
for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was
justification that brings life for all men. For just as through
the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also
through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous"
Paul emphasizes the magnitude of this change by referring to Adam
as "the first Adam" and to Jesus Christ as the second
(or last) Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-49). (Note that the name, "Adam"
means "a human being", "mankind".) With the
coming of the second Adam, the ground lost by the first Adam has
I think it is not overstating it to say that Jesus Christ's sacrificial
atonement on the Cross has resulted in a new species. Those who
believe in Jesus Christ are a "new creation". We are born
from above. We become "children of God", "born of
God" (John 1:12-13), while those who reject Jesus are children
of the devil (John 8:44). There are now two kinds of humans, "children
of God" and "children of the devil" (1 John 3:10).
There are two kingdoms, "the dominion of darkness" and
the "kingdom of the Son he loves" (Colossians 1:13).
6. We can use God's power.
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would have the eyes of their heart
enlightened so that they might know God's "incomparably great
power for us who believe" (Ephesians 1:19). God is "able
to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to his
power that is at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20). God's incomparably
great power is at work within us. We may not feel it, but Scripture
says that it is there.
"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power" (Ephesians
6:10). In context this passage relates to spiritual warfare against
the enemy of our souls, but I believe it has a broader application.
I believe God wants us to live every aspect of our life in his strength
and his mighty power. "In him we live and move and have our
being" (Acts 17:28) We should do everything "in him"
and "in his mighty power". Apart from him we can do nothing
(John 15:5). I believe that in all things we can draw on the mighty
power of the God who lives in us and in whom we have our being.
Paul wrote "I can do everything through him who gives me
strength" (Philippians 4:13). He wrote, "I will boast
all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest
on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). He prayed that the Colossians
would be "strengthened with all power according to [God's]
glorious might" (Colossians 1:11).
While on earth, Jesus Christ ministered "in the power of
the Spirit" (Luke 4:14). He told his disciples "you will
receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (Acts 1:8).
This occurred on the Day of Pentecost and from then on they ministered
in "great power" (Acts 4:33; see Acts 2:43, 5:12, 8:6-7).
Peter made it clear that the promise of this power is "for
all whom the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:39).
"Power", dunamis, is
a mighty power, a power to work miracles. Strong defines it as "force...,
specifically miraculous power". Jesus made the astonishing
declaration, "Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have
been doing. He will do even greater things than these" (John
14:12). So the "incomparably great power" that God has
given us is a power to do greater works than Jesus did! (See my
paper on "Doing the Things Jesus Did").
This is not just a power to do "signs and wonders",
although I believe it includes that. It is also a power to do things
that may be much more difficult. It is a power to love (as God would
have us love), to forgive those who have wronged us deeply, to get
rid of all bitterness, to "throw off everything that hinders"
(Hebrews 12:1), to persevere in the face of great obstacles, to
"live by the Spirit", to show the fruit of the Spirit,
to minister in love to others, and much more. It is God's power
to become what we could never become on our own. Grace came through
Jesus Christ (John 1:17), and part of the definition of grace is
"God's influence working in us." It is only by God's power
working in us that we can possibly hope to become like God in character
and to "have the mind of Christ."
I find all this astonishing. Of ourselves we are weak and fallible.
Of ourselves we can do nothing. But the Almighty God, who created
and sustains the universe, has made his mighty power available to
us. He has enabled us to "be strong in the Lord and in his
mighty power." By the mighty power of God working in us we
can overcome the world, we can be more than conquerors, we can surmount
every difficulty and problem we may face. Whatever our problems
or difficulties may be, the one who lives in us is greater. We need
to learn to believe this, to feel it, and to act on it.
7. God has given us dominion.
God made man "a little lower than the angels" (Hebrews
2:7, quoting Psalm 8:5). The Hebrew word translated "angels"
is elohim, which is one of the
words for God. It was Elohim who
created the universe (Genesis 1:1). So man was made a little lower
than God. (Note that in 1 Corinthians 6:3 Paul said "We will
judge angels.") Mankind was given a status just below that
of God himself.
God gave Adam dominion over all the earth. He told him to "subdue"
it and "rule over" it (Genesis 1:28). Because of Adam's
sin, this dominion was taken away. In the wilderness satan offered
to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth if he would bow down
to him (Matthew 4:8), and Jesus did not question satan's ability
to make the offer. But now man's original dominion has been restored
for those who believe in Jesus Christ. For example, Jesus calmed
the storm on Lake Galilee, and later he told the disciples that
those who had faith in him could do the things he did (John 14:12).
He told his disciples that, by faith, they could move mountains
(Matthew 17:21, 21:21). This is dominion.
In Christ, we can overcome the world. "Everyone born of God
overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world,
even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God" (1 John 5:4-5). We are
"more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37). We can "reign
in life through the one man, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17). We
have "authority... to overcome all the power of the enemy"
(Luke 10:19). If we submit ourselves to God we can "resist
the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). We can "overcome"
evil spirits because "the one who is in you is greater than
the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). If we are "strong
in the Lord and in his mighty power" we can stand against the
devil and his evil spirits (Ephesians 6:10-18). We have been given
weapons that have "divine power" to cast down strongholds,
to demolish "every pretension that sets itself up against the
knowledge of God" and to "take captive every thought to
make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). "The
God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet" (Romans
16:20). As a praise song says, "I've got the Victor living
8. Eternal life.
Because of Adam's sin, God took away eternal life from him (Genesis
3:22). Now that eternal life has been restored. Whoever believes
in Jesus "shall not perish but have eternal life" (John
3:16). This is the most tremendous gift that God could give us.
I have left it to last, because I wanted to focus on what God has
done for us in our life now on this earth.
Even this gift has consequences for our life on earth. (1) It
gives us hope. "God has given us new birth into a living hope"
(1 Peter 1:3). Whatever the circumstances may be, the Christian
believer always has hope in Christ. (2) It changes our priorities
and perspective when we recognize that, even here on earth, we are
living in eternity. Paul expressed this when he wrote, "We
fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what
is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians
I think I have said enough to indicate that, as believers, our
position in Christ is extraordinary. The problem is that many of
us do not act as if we believe it. We do not act as if we are overcomers
and conquerors. We do not act as if we have God's power available
to us. We do not act as if we have God's character. We do not act
as if we believe that God is in us.
Our homes are connected to the electric power plant. We have access
to a large source of power, generated by burning coal or by tapping
the power of falling water. All we have to do is plug in an appliance
or turn on a switch. No one would think of trying to operate a vacuum
cleaner or a power saw that was not plugged in. In our lives as
Christians we have access to the power that created the universe.
But all too often we fail to connect to it. We do not use it. We
act as if it wasn't there.
I think a major part of the problem is unbelief. We read these
astonishing scriptures. Our mind accepts them. But in our hearts,
in our guts, we can't quite believe they are really true. We need
to pray, "I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief"
(Mark 9:24). We need to think about these Scriptures, chew on them,
make them a part of us, let them work in us.
Another part may be that we simply do not feel we can handle all
this power. Again, I refer to my image of the power plant. We could
not handle power at the voltages at which it is generated. So the
power plant has a transformer, or a series of transformers, to bring
it down to a voltage we can handle God knows how much of his power
and glory we can handle. He does not expose us to more power than
we can handle safely or wisely. He does not come inside us in all
his glory and magnificence; he comes inside us in his Holy Spirit
whose presence we often hardly notice. We need not be afraid that
he will overpower us.
Yet another part of it may be our pride. We like to think, "I
can handle this. I don't need any help." We need to get to
the point that Paul had arrived at when he said, "Therefore
I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's
power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). "God opposes
the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).
We need to know, to believe with all our hearts, all the time,
that in all things we can be overcomers, we can be more than conquerors,
because we have one in us who is greater than he that is in the
world, greater than any obstacle or difficulty we may face. The
God who is in us is greater than anything we may face, whether it
be physical or mental illness, habits or addictions, financial difficulties,
problems with relationships, bitterness, unforgiveness, faulty mindsets,
or whatever. God knows our needs. If we "seek first his kingdom
and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33) he will provide whatever
we need. If we are "strong in the Lord and in his mighty power"
(Ephesians 6:10), we can overcome whatever problems and difficulties
we may face. Just as God "will not let you be tempted beyond
what you can bear" (1 Corinthians 10:13) so, I believe, he
will not allow us to be burdened beyond what we can bear, and he
will, in every situation, give us the strength to overcome.
In dealing with any troubles, obstacles or problems we may encounter,
we operate from a position of strength. We have Almighty God in
us, and he is greater than any difficulty we may encounter. He gives
us his mighty strength and his incomparably great power. We are
made in his image and partake in his nature. We are overcomers and
David faced and defeated a giant. He did not look at how big and
powerful the giant was; he looked at how much bigger God was. "You
come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against
you in the name of the Lord Almighty." "The battle is
the Lord's and he will give all of you into our hands" (1 Samuel
When we face our own giants we need to know who we are in Christ.
It is to stir up an awareness of our position in Christ, and the
incomparably great power that he has made available to us, that
I have written this paper.