One Comment to “Overcomers”

  1. Donald McMahon
    November 26, 2018

    “Overcomers” (1 John 5:1–5)(11.20.18)
    1 John 5:1–5 (NIV84) Faith in the Son of God
    5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: Overcomers
    LET US PRAY.
    INTRODUCTION:
    ACRM Overcomers Program –
    BODY:
    Charles Finney: The great error of those who profess religion, but are not born of God, is this: they are trying to be Christians without being born of God. They need to have that done to them which is said of Adam—“God breathed into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul.” Their religion has in it none of the breath of God: it is a cold, lifeless theory; there is none of the living vitality of God in it.
    Is their soul on fire for God and His cause?
    Does their heart tremble for the interests of Zion?
    Charles Spurgeon: Do you all know what it is to be born of God? I do not think I can tell you, in so many words, exactly what it is, though I know for myself. It is not simply to be improved and reformed. It is a grand thing when a man, who has been degraded, lives in a better fashion; but a cobbler might take an old shoe, and mend it, yet that would not make it a new one. Being born of God is also more than being made anew. It includes that, but that is not all that it includes. For God, who makes all things, can new-make them when he pleases; yet that does not make them to be born of him. We all know what it is for one person to be born of another; you were all born of your father, and of your mother, and so you became partakers of your parents’ nature. In like manner, only in a far higher sense, regeneration is more than creation, for there is in it a kinship with God. So, being born again makes us something more than God’s creatures; we are God’s children. You know that blessed truth of adoption, by which God takes men, and adopts them into his family; but regeneration is a great deal more than adoption. A man may have an adopted child, but yet it is really no child of his; there is nothing of himself in it, and he cannot put his nature into it. But we are not only God’s adopted children; if we are indeed born from above, we are God’s newborn children; The divine nature is actually put into us when we are born of God; is not that a wonderful thing? And that miracle of mercy must be wrought in all of us who are ever to overcome the world.

    *Faith: Book ends (Jesus the Christ; the Son of God)
    Charles Finney: Faith implies three things 1. Perception of truth. 2. An interest in it. 3. The committal or giving up of the mind to be interested and controlled by these objects of faith.
    Charles Spurgeon: That, you see, is a higher position than the one I first mentioned; for faith not only regards the unseen reward which awaits the believer, but faith recognizes the unseen presence of God, and is moved by an all-constraining desire to please him.

    *Love: agape
    Others have covered this in previous weeks.

    *Obedience is not grievous or burdensome
    Hebrews 10:16
    “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
    I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”
    Over and over again, loving God, loving Jesus, is tied to obedience to God’s decrees, commandments, word, precepts, ordinances: all of Psalm 119, the longest Psalm, celebrates the beauty and power of God’s law.
    *The World
    Charles Finney: There is a worldly spirit and there is also a heavenly spirit; and one or the other exists in the heart of every man and controls his whole being. Those who are under the control of the world, of course have not overcome the world. No man overcomes the world till his heart is imbued with the spirit of heaven.
    The signification of the term “world” in the Bible is clear. The world of mankind is estranged from God, but can be reconciled to him (2 Cor 5:17–21). The world at enmity with God is condemned (Jn 3:18–21), without God and without hope (Eph 2:12). But Jesus came to redeem mankind from “the present evil age” (Gal 1:4) and to free them from “slavery under the basic principles of the world” (Gal 4:3 niv).
    *Overcome
    How many truly have overcome the world? Too few!
    Mark 9:24 (NIV84)
    24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
    Luke 8:37 (NIV84)
    37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
    Luke 10:19 (NIV84)
    19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
    John 16:33 (NIV84)
    33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
    Acts 20:9 (ESV)
    9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
    Romans 12:21 (NIV84)
    21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
    1 Timothy 5:11 (NIV84)
    11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.
    2 Peter 2:19–20 (ESV)
    19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
    1 John 2:13–14 (NIV84)
    13 I write to you, fathers,
    because you have known him who is from the beginning.
    I write to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.
    I write to you, dear children,
    because you have known the Father.
    14 I write to you, fathers,
    because you have known him who is from the beginning.
    I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.
    1 John 4:4 (NIV84)
    4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
    1 John 5:4–5 (NIV84)
    4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
    PROMISES for THOSE THAT OVERCOME
    Revelation 2:7 (NIV84)
    7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
    Revelation 2:11 (NIV84)
    11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
    Revelation 2:17 (NIV84)
    17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
    Revelation 2:26 (NIV84)
    26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
    Revelation 3:5 (NIV84)
    5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
    Revelation 3:12 (NIV84)
    12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
    Revelation 3:21 (NIV84)
    21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
    Revelation 21:7 (NIV84)
    7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
    CONCLUSION:
    “If I look at the world, I will conform to ways of the world. If I look at the Word, I will conform to the will of God” A.W. Tozer
    Victorious Living: Tony Evans mail to me today.
    Revelation 1:1–3 (NIV84) Prologue
    1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
    Romans 8:37 (NIV84)
    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.

    John 3’s account of Jesus and Nicodemus

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