We Win!


Read: 1 John 5:1-12

With the arrival of March the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament will capture many fans attention. Each team (not Illinois) will begin their quest to win six games in a row and become the 2018 National Champion.  Many of those fans will fill out their brackets and choose who they think will win it all.

If we knew who was going to win it would be easier to fill out those brackets.  But then that would take away much of the excitement.  Kind of like hearing a friend tell us about the end of a good book or movie before we actually get to experience it for ourselves.

Sometimes however it is nice to know the outcome of things.  Christians who are followers of Jesus have this assurance through our faith.  In 1 John 5:1-12 we are told that those who are born of God and are believers in Jesus as God’s Son will overcome the terrible things of this world.

While there is much good in this world we are often weighed down by the difficult consequences of sin, evil, violence, and disobedience towards God.  Too often people get down on themselves, get upset with world issues, and feel hopeless in the midst of it all.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Jesus can help us to overcome and win.

I recently heard the song entitled “We Win” by the Christian music group Mercy Me.  The words are a testimony of how believers can approach those difficult things.  It says, “This goes out to anyone down for the count, it’s not over, don’t give up, don’t throw in the towel, just remember who you belong to, let me remind you how this ends. We win!”

Make it Personal:  This is one case where it is great to know the ending.  Whatever it is you are going through, dealing with, trying to overcome, or get through, I hope you will read these words in 1 John 5 and take heart of what faith in Jesus Christ can do in your life. Jesus can help you be an overcomer!

Many blessings,  Pastor Glen Rhodes