“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” – 1 John 5:4-5
When we read about the world in the Bible, it is sometimes talking about the place, the people, the value of the world and the influences of the world. Sometimes certain things happen to us because of our surroundings. It is more likely to divorce in America than it is in other parts of the world. In terms of the people that make up the world, you may easily get influenced by what the majority does even if it is contrary to Gods word. If the people surrounding you are constantly drinking and going to the clubs, you may easily succumb to that behavior too. To overcome means to get the better of something in a struggle or to subdue it.
We know that the earth is not the only world in the galaxy. The Bible tells us that there are many worlds around apart from this earth.Through faith, we know that the WORLDS were framed by the words of God (Hebrews 11:3). To overcome this world there are certain determinants that will cause your success or failure. These determinants are speed, strength, wisdom, understanding and skill. You will notice that those who are successful start whatever they want to do at an early age and do it quickly. If it is a physics teacher you one day want to become start at an early age and achieve that goal as quickly as possible and with as few mistakes as possible. If you have two people and one works quickly and another works slowly and both of them work without mistakes won’t you prefer the one who is quicker? In this world, those who work quickly are rewarded for a job well done.
Some of us have been borderline Christians for too long. We should have quickly moved from being weak Christians to strong Christians years ago! From today, if you know that you are a weak Christian determine to quickly become a strong Christian. There are also those in the world who get far not based on their strength but on their wisdom. The way they conduct themselves and speak moves them into higher levels. You are not moving up because when you speak nobody understands what you are saying. You speak African proverbs instead of words of wisdom from the Bible! Ecclesiastes 9:11 tells us that favor comes to men of skill. If you have a skill and use it well, you will always be preferred. I am not the one saying this the Bible is! May these 5 determinants not hinder us but enable us to overcome this world.