Woke up this morning feeling somewhat defeated. Not a good way to start the day. And I’m not even really sure why. Perhaps it’s a combination of feeling a bit panicked at what’s on my to do list, a bit discouraged by some of the things I know are floating around in my own heart and what’s still on God’s to do list, a bit overwhelmed with headlines of numbers increasing and recounts being demanded, all mixed with coming up way short of the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night over the past few nights. Whatever it is exactly, I’m starting the day with a case of the good morning blues.
Maybe that’s why the following has caught my attention this morning:
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.
(1John 5:4 ESV)
Sometimes you just need to be reminded that you are an overcomer.
Not because you’re on top of your to do list. Not because the likeness of Christ has been fully formed in you and God is done with His to do list. Not because a vaccine is finally in place or there is harmony and acceptance of who has won. Not even because you’re sleeping like a baby. But that you are an overcomer simply because you have been born of God.
Your victory independent of your performance. More than a conqueror even when you feel like you’re behind in the battle. Prevailing not because of your power but because of His promises. Triumphant not because you stand atop the hill with your sword raised, but because you bow at the foot of the cross with it’s shadow enveloping you. Your success mutually exclusive of the world’s sanity, or lack thereof.
Victorious because you’ve been born again. Born again because you believe “that Jesus is the Christ” (1Jn. 5:1). Victorious not because of feeling, but because of faith.
Our faith — not how much we have believed, but in Whom we have believed — this is the victory that has overcome the world. And will even overcome our good morning blues.
By God’s replenishing grace. For God’s redeeming glory.