Have you ever questioned yourself, about how to lead your life in peace at midst of sorrows, tribulations and temptations? If you have, then we have an answer just for you!
“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 4:4)
Yes, the ONE who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world!
Who is in the world?
Satan, who is the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 4: 4
Satan, the fallen angel plans his plot against us thus preventing us from entering into God’s plan. He uses his people to trap us, may be our friends, our relatives or higher officials in our job. Not only people, he might also try his chances on making us sick or use witchcrafts against us.
But behold, who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Who is the One inside us?
We know that God the Father, Lord Jesus Christ are the ones who lives with us while it is Holy Spirit who dwells in us. As we see in John 14:16, the work of Holy Spirit is to remind you of everything Jesus have said to us through word of God, the Bible.
Why to remind us of Jesus Christ? Because, Jesus is greater than everything!
Jesus through his crucifixion has overcome everything in the world.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Also, we see several occurrence of his greatness in bible like the following,
Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain. (Psalm 48:1)
Lord Jesus Christ is greater than the temple. (Matthew 12:6)
Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Solomon. (Matthew 12:42)
Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Abraham. (John 8:53)
Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Jacob. (John 4:12)
Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:8)
Jesus, the son of God will deliver us from the all the mines of satan and will give us his blessings who believes in him!
A blessing in your promised land:
When God bought Israelites out of egypt, He commanded to drive out few nations from the places where they are about to inherit the promised land. So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions.
During that time, Joshua blessed Caleb and gave him “Hebron” as his inheritance. “Hebron” is the place where a man named “Kiriath Arba‟ lived. He was the greatest man among the Anakites. (Joshua 14:15).
Who are these Anakites?
Anakites are the one who is greater in the world. Yes, literally they are humongous. They are the descendants of Nephilim. These Nephilim were on earth in those days-and also afterward- when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. (Genesis 6:4)
The LORD hated these Anakites as they are the descendants of Nephilim. These giant structured people were there in the place of Hebron, in which Caleb was yet to posses this land. Caleb being not afraid of these anakites, said to himself, with LORD’S help I will drive them out. And with the help of LORD, caleb drove out the three Anakites-Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the Sons of Anak. (Joshua 15:14) from Hebron and possessed it.
While it was not be his might he drove them out but by the One who was with Caleb.
Same way, In our life there are people like anakites who are very numerous for us, staying in our promised land, in the fortified city which God destined us to give. They may have power to harm us or to plot evil against us. But the One who was with Caleb is also with us to help us to inherit the promised land.
God is going to give you the blessing of the promised land, a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dug, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.
The One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world whether it may be Anakites or Nephilim or whoever it might be.
If God is with us, who can be against us?
But at the same time, when you inherit this promised land, you should be careful not to forget the LORD who bought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Deuteronomy 6:10,11,12)
A blessing in the campus:
Naaman is a great man and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory in Aram. But he suffered from leprosy. A girl who was taken as a captive worked and served for Naaman’s wife. The girl said to Naaman’s wife, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:3)
The girl knows that the one who is in Elisha, would heal Naaman’s leprosy. Naaman went to Elisha’s house to get himself healed. But before naaman could even meet him, Elisha sent messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” On hearing this, Naaman got angry and said, “I thought he would come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
But Namaan’s servants urged him to listen to the prophet’s words. So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times as the man of God told him, and his flesh was restored and become clean like that of a young boy. After he was got cured, he gave testimony saying “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel” 2 Kings 5:15.
Same way, there may be people like Naaman in your campus/office who is highly regarded and respected by everyone yet suffer from problems of life. If you encounter such people, take courage and share about Jesus Christ, the greatest healer the world has ever seen. God will use you to heal them by your prayers and petitions for them. After God solved their problems, they are going to testify and praise God like Naaman did!
A Blessing of healing:
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. (Luke 8:43,44)
Here we see a woman who had been held by satan for twelve years longing for cure had touched Jesus’s cloak, power came out of him and healed her. Jesus said someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me. Imagine the joy she might have got after all the suffering she went through twelve years. Yes, Jesus is capable of changing your sorrows to joy in no time.
One encounter with Jesus Christ will change your life upside down forever!
All you have to do is believe that one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
A Blessing over Witchcraft
Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. (Acts 8:13)
Here, we see simon, a sorcerer who made people awestruck with his magic arts. But when he saw the power of God through Philip’s work, he himself got astonished. This is not because of Philip but because of the one who was in him. When he shared gospel, people turned to kingdom of God and got baptized. The Gospel which we receive is greater than all the magic arts and sorcery of this world.
There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel. Numbers 23:23a
No weapon forged against you will prevail. (Isaiah 54:17)
The One who is in you (Lord Jeus Christ) is greater than the one who is in the world, gives you a blessing in your promised land, a blessing in your campus, a blessing of healing from all your sickness and finally blessing over witchcrafts and all demonic influences!
Blessed April Month.
God bless you!