You are of God
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
This verse is very familiar to me and many believers. In fact, I even know some songs with these words. As often as I have heard, said and sang this scripture, there was still a part of it that I didn’t fully grasp. It starts out with you are of God. I was good with that. I could believe that as a born-again believer, I have been born into a new family…God’s family. So, believing and comprehending that now I am of God or part of Him and His family was attainable to me. You have overcome them? I had a fairly good handle on that. I know that in Christ Jesus, I was able to overcome the things that tried to trip me up in life. Because He who is in you is greater? Still no problem with that. Of course, He is greater, He is God. Here is where my problem came. . . he who is in the world.
Whenever I heard or said that part, I wasn’t sure who I was talking about. Was it people in the world? Was it demons and devils or was it some guy? He? Of course, the answer is yes, all of these! Now I understand that, but something happened not long ago that really brought this phrase home to me. It was while singing a popular song with these words that I finally had to ask the question. Who is “he” that is in the world? I began to look at this scripture in other translation to try to get some clarity. Finally, I found one that made sense to me. It read: My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. Yes! That was it! Anything! Greater is the Holy Spirit of God living on the inside of me than anything in this world.
So now, that’s how I say this verse and I say it often. It helps me when I wonder how things are going to turn out. It helps me when I feel evil coming against me and it helps me to stir up the Spirit within me when I am feeling down. This passage covers all bases. If I am afraid, He’s greater! If I’m lost? He’s greater! If I’m sad, He’s greater and if I’m hurt, He is greater. He is greater than anything in this world and He is in me!
Today I want to encourage you to take hold of this promise by speaking it over your circumstances often. Whatever you are up against or what ever is dragging you down, stir yourself up with these words: You are born/created of God, you came from Him you have already overcome these things because greater is the Holy Spirit of God living on the inside of you, that goes with you wherever you go, and He is greater than anything! Anything in this world and beyond!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 4:1-6