According to 1 John 5:4, our faith is the victory that has overcome the world. What do you need to overcome by faith, and what have you learned this week that will help you in overcoming it?
Andres T. – To overcome by faith, we need radical application of the Word. The Lord has given us faith that overcomes the world! This means that we have the power through our faith to overcome the enemy, spiritual warfare, the flesh and we can even long suffer the way Jesus long suffered through our faith. Through this past week, one the most impactful applications of our faith that I learned was how faith overcomes spiritual warfare. As a Christian I am purposed to fight spiritual warfare, but I operate from a place of victory and our best and never-failing tool is being able to recite the Word of God from memory.
Charlene D. – This second week has been a really sweet time of the Lord softening my heart toward learning about Him. He revealed so much of his character to me, like His goodness and longsuffering. This week I learned that to overcome the evil we face in the world we need our faith in the One above. I have come to know how important it is to keep Scripture (the Word of God!) in my heart in order to overcome temptations.
Jared R. – Week two has brought more learning and challenges than the week prior. Faith in Jesus is the sole thing that will carry me through the craziest of trials life will throw at me, not faith in my own abilities or strength. Learning to use scripture from the Word of God as one of our many weapons against the enemy and tribulation has been the biggest lesson so far. The power of the Word is something that will never die. It is always alive and active, sharper than a two-edged sword. It will always silence the voices of Satan and his demons. None of us can fight this battle alone and having such awesome brothers and sisters in the faith to go to war with daily has been such a blessing, and I am confident our faith in our Lord will continue to push us on past our trials to further our growth in Him!
Leigh Anne Z. – This second week, I learned what it looks like to see faith overcome weakness, sickness, and suffering. Through various challenges, a lot of my flesh was exposed. Including how dangerous being led by my feelings rather than the Word of God is (especially when it comes to obeying God), yet even in this faith overcomes. God also convicted me of how the Word must be hidden in my heart and not just memorized, this is vital when it comes to overcoming spiritual warfare.
Marissa H. – This week we learned about how faith overcomes. After realizing things about myself that I never knew about, I started to try and deal with them myself but realized that I can’t do it myself. I’ve been going through spiritual warfare and I never really knew how to deal with it until this week by learning to go to God and start reading the Word. I NEED to depend on God and look to Him instead of trying to figure out my problems by myself. Learning about God by being in the Word constantly has grown my faith deeper than I ever knew it could go. I have to constantly be reading and studying to focus on the Lord instead of dwelling in that warfare. I never knew it is a lifestyle, I never knew a lot of things about being a Christian until these past two weeks but it was so good. I can overcome the world with faith in Jesus.
Neil C. – It is amazing to see how God provides. There will be times when I feel myself expended, yet God is there. In these two weeks I have been learning about the power of faith. Faith is the victory that we have over this world and truly it has overcome the world. The challenges that were brought before me stretched me physically, mentally, emotionaly, and spiritually. In my weakness, God sustained me and overcome all my challenges. Trials will surely be in this life but now I have learned that there is nothing of this world that can overcome the world, so I rely on my faith in Christ Jesus.
Sophia P. – This week has been pretty big as I learn how important it is to grow and cultivate my faith since it is what overcomes. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The Word is so important. With it the demons flee. I’ve realized that I need to know it more. I need to not just memorize so it sticks in my head, but memorize it so that I feel it in my heart. The Word is what will strengthen my faith, and my faith needs strengthening. I thank God that it is accessible to us.
Zachary G. – This week has been really powerful and I have found it easier with each day to see the spiritual significance to the challenges and activities. As we have focused on how faith overcomes this week, we have focused on putting to death “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” not in my strength but through the only thing that overcomes––our faith. It has been cool seeing small examples here at Patmos and processing through what that looks like in the real world. During one of my devo times the Lord really spoke to me about intimacy with Him. In Genesis 5:22 it says, “Enoch walked with God.” Enoch had an intimate relationship with the Lord and I want to have that too; I don’t want to be walking in proximity, because when I’m not fully depending on His strength, I’m not walking “with” Him. Even as I write this I am connecting that desire for intimacy with 2 Corinthians 12:9, which has been one of the things that has helped me get through the week.