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Victory's Birthmark

March 17

 “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
 
   

 
 
  

"Divine genetics ... the only escape from this world alive."

 

 

 

 

 

"the world" is more than just the matter of which it consists.  Here John refers to the world's system, its faculties, its ruler: "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, ..."  The dynamics are far greater than dog-eat-dog, it is an epic fight, and he who does not overcome, is overcome.  "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."  There will be no draws, no overtime, no opting out, and no terms or truce.  The forces of darkness do take prisoners, but with the sole intent of indoctrinating convicts into converts.  "And every spirit that confesseth not that JESUS CHRIST is come in the flesh is not of GOD: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  Ye are of GOD, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is HE that is in you, than he that is in the world."  Divine genetics will surely prove to be the only escape from this world alive.  That which holds the breath of faith, the genesis of GOD, will live to see the world to come.  Faith in CHRIST is the birthmark of every eternal over comer!

We can raise the practical scale regarding faith in three ways:

First, look up to the SAVIOR WHO hath worsted the world and the wicked one running it: "Again, the devil taketh HIM up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth HIM all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto HIM, All these things will I give THEE, if THOU wilt fall down and worship me. ... 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."

Second, look within, is HIS victory yours? ... faith must be personal: "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: ... And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the LORD JESUS, and by the SPIRIT of our GOD."

Third, look back to the forefathers of faith: "And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens ... (Of whom the world was not worthy:)"

 And while you're looking around bear in mind that:

"... without faith it is impossible to please HIM: for he that cometh to GOD must believe that HE is, and that HE is a rewarder of them that diligently seek HIM."


For Love of Country
George Santayana (1863-1952)
(American Philosopher)




"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."


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