1 John 4:4, NLT: "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." The writer of 1 John addressed his readers affectionately as little children who were "from God." Never forget that you belong to God. You are his beloved child. As you go out into this world, remember this--you are in this world but not of this world. Rely on Jesus Christ who lives in you at all times. He will give you victory over every obstacle the devil and the world throw at you.
After speaking about false teachers in verses 1 through 3, John offers reassurance. He refers to his readers as "little children," using the same Greek phrasing he did in 1 John 2:12. He then offers three words of comfort concerning their lives.
First, John encourages them, "you are from God." In other words, John saw them as true believers in whom God lived. Second, he adds that these believers have "overcome" these antichrists. John uses the concept of overcoming five other times in his letter. Believers have overcome the evil one (1 John 2:13, 14) and have overcome the world (1 John 5:4–5).
Third, John reminds the reader that the power of Christ, who lives in the believer, is greater than the power of the world. The Holy Spirit living in the Christian is far stronger than any attack by the Devil. This encouragement should empower believers not to fear Satan, but rather trust the Lord and obey His commands. By doing so, we can overcome the powers of darkness and walk with boldness in this life.
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