How can “our faith” enable us to overcome the world especially in the end times? John gives the answer in verse 5 “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” The faith to which John is referring is that which accepts Jesus as the Son of God. Such a faith receives the Savior’s victory over the world and duplicates it in the life of the believer.
In Revelation 14:12 it says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” This is speaking of God’s people in the last days. They must not only keep God’s commandments but also keep the faith of Jesus. This is not just faith in Jesus, but the faith of Jesus. It is replicating the same kind of faith Jesus had while upon the earth, which was complete dependence on the Father and submission to His will (John 5:30).
This kind of faith does not stop at a mental belief but leads to positive action. Like the paralytic who was commanded to rise, the believer will by faith attempt what seems impossible (John 5:5–9). As he applies his will and chooses to rise from the captivity of sin, the life-giving power of God comes into the heart and enables him to accomplish what he by faith he has willed. If he were to lie back and wait for the Lord to lift him up without following the Lord’s command, nothing would happen. The believer’s faith must lay hold on God’s promises, and must desire, choose, and will to act upon them before that strength can aid him. The more he trusts the promises of God, the stronger his confidence becomes, and the more faith he gains for further progress. This is the central truth for a victorious Christian life (1 John 2:23, 24; 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:57).
But how do get this kind of faith? Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Genuine faith is not a blind confidence to be exercised in the absence of adequate evidence. Faith is the believer’s conviction about things that he cannot see (Heb. 11:1), and this conviction must be founded upon knowledge, a knowledge based upon the living Word of God.
To acquire this transforming and enduring faith, there is no substitute for the regular and earnest study of the Bible. This is why it is so important to study the Word each and every day. It teaches us all about the Father’s love and how He has always been there for His children since the creation of the world.
At the end of time when the believers will be cut from all earthly support and resources, they must trust God’s promises. We don’t know what trials will befall us, but we know we can trust in God to provide. As we trust Him day by day in the little things, it will prepare us for greater and greater exercises of faith.
As time comes to a close and if we are to face more perilous times, we can lay hold of God’s promises for His provision. “He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” (Isaiah 33:16). This promise will prove of special comfort to God’s people during the great crisis of the last days, when places of safety will be provided for them out of reach of those seek their destruction (Ps. 61:2, 3; 91:1, 2). While the wicked suffer for lack of food and water, the saints will have life’s necessities provided for them. Without faith that comes from trusting in Him and His Word, we cannot hope to survive the end time troubles.
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