Updated: Sep 8, 2021
Dr. David Jeremiah
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
All parents want their children to learn that inner strength can overcome life’s external obstacles. With perseverance, determination, faith, and patience, life’s challenges can be overcome. It is a truism rather than an absolute truth: What is on the inside is more powerful than what is on the outside.
But when it comes to spiritual challenges, we have an absolute truth at work: God in us is greater than Satan who is in the world. The apostle John tells us something that sometimes surprises Christians when they read it: “The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19)—meaning Satan influences and has a measure of power over the world. But John also tells us, “[God] who is in you is greater than [Satan] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We have read the final chapter; we are on the winning side in all things.
Never forget: Our God is greater than the one who pretends to be the ruler of this world.
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The Word tells us, greater is He who lives within us, than he who lives in the world. All forms of spiritual victory starts in this place. Without indwelling, defeat rules the day. -Dr. Stephen Phinney