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Faith that Overcomes the World

July 9, 2017 Speaker: Pastor David Lovi Series: 1 John: The Believer's Assurance

Passage: 1 John 5:1–5:12

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Faith that Overcomes the World

July 9, 2017
Pastor David Lovi
Passage: 1 John 5:1–5:12

The Epistle of 1 John has to do with assurance. How can a person have confidence, comfort, and peace in this life knowing that some day very soon we will all have to stand before the bar of God?

I was thinking about this question a lot this week, reading though this passage—thinking about how as a child my mother called me a worrywart because I was always worried about so many things.

It was difficult for me to have confidence about anything, especially assurance about the future.

And the older I get, I’m in my late 30s, I’m actually seeing more and more people I know who are dying. Not saying I’m an old person. But I do see more and more people dying now than I did in my twenties and my teens.

Now that I’m a parent and I see my young child and how many dangers are in all around him. If I did not have confidence in God, it would drive me, especially me—the way that God has made my personality, I’m not blaming Him—I’m sort of an uptight person, it would literally make me crazy.

I was sitting the other day with Martyn, he was playing, holding onto a toy. He’s very strong for ten and half months. He was holding this toy, and he started to tip backwards and pull the toy on top of him, and there was a wooden table with a corner that his head was going right towards.

And like Spider Man, I reached out and caught his head at the last moment. My heart was racing. He had no idea how close he was to smacking his head on the corner of the table. What if I wasn’t sitting there? My son, my infant baby boy would have cracked his head open.

I think that’s at least something about what John Newton had in mind when he said: "Through many dangers, toils, and snares, we have come."

There are so many dangers, and there’s so many ways to be injured or even to die. Our life is not guaranteed to us tomorrow.

So, how can we truly have confidence and assurance and peace knowing that even though tomorrow is not promised to us, we can stand on the promises of God and not be afraid of whatever the future holds.

This question is of the utmost importance. We don’t come to church to have our ears tickled. We come to church to have conference with God. To hear from God. To hear from His words to us to receive his promises. To worship him. To have fellowship with each other.

So as John begins the conclusion of his epistle now, he gives us the answers to this question. We can indeed have confidence, comfort, and peace we so desperately desire.

It’s found only in one place—the person of Jesus Christ. Whoever has Christ has life.

May God help us to see that even more clearly this morning.

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