"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."
I John 4:4
Because some Christians who stress the super-natural are viewed as extremists, many of us minimize the power and reality of the unseen world. Yet, I remember how alive my spiritual senses became immediately after being born again. I knew there were spirits trying to influence me - some coming directly from the devil whose presence was real and some coming as teachings from people trying to trip me up and destroy my faith.
I John 4:1-4 became precious when I was only weeks old in the Lord. I was so simple and so in love with Jesus that testing spirits or anything that came to my mind was easy: if Jesus loomed larger and my love for Him greater, those impressions or teachings were from God. If the spirits cast doubts on Christ being God and coming in the flesh to pay the price for my sins, my peace disappeared and I sometimes shouted for the devil to beat it.
That's why verse four is so incredible. It calls you and me His "little children" and even uses the past tense to tell us that because we "are of God" (belong to Him) we have "overcome them" (every spirit of the world, the flesh and the devil) because of the Unconquerable One. Jesus is greater than all powers in hell and on earth and He resides in you. The victory has been won. But that triumph only becomes real in your life and mine as we dare to believe these glorious facts and walk by faith in putting God's Word into practice and the devil to flight. Then we will grow in discerning the difference between "the spirit of truth and the spirit of error" (v 6) and walk as overcomers rather than cringe and cower before a defeated foe who knows his own end is near!
"Help me to so grow up in Your Word, my precious Father, that I will know the Spirit of God from all competing spirits and walk as an overcomer who pleases You rather than a spiritual baby that never grows up."
This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!