The Way to Overcome:
First Published in Flames of Fire p. 2 March
Published in The Weekly Evangel (Pentecostal) p. 3 August
Published in Triumphs of Faith p. 156-157 July 1927
Published in Triumphs of Faith p. 220-221 October 1943
First John 5. The greatest weakness in
the world is unbelief. The greatest power is the faith that
worketh by love. Love, mercy, and grace are bound eternally
to faith. There is no fear in love and no question as to
being caught up when Jesus comes. The world is filled with
fear, torment, remorse, and brokenness, but faith and love
are sure to overcome. “Who is he that overcometh the
world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
(1 John 5:5). God hath established the earth and humanity
on the lines of faith. As you come into line, fear is cast
out, the Word of God comes into operation and you find bedrock.
The way to overcome is to believe Jesus is the Son of God.
The commandments are wrapped up in it.
When there is a fidelity between you and
God and the love of God is so real that you feel you could
do anything for Jesus, all the promises are yea and amen
to those who believe. Your life is centred there. Always
overcoming what is in the world.
Who keepeth the commandments? The born
of God. “Ye are of God, little children, and have
overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than
he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). They that believe,
love. When did He love us? When we were in the mire. What
did He say? Thy sins are forgiven thee. Why did He say it?
Because He loved us. What for? That He might bring many
sons into glory. His object? That we might be with Him forever.
All the pathway is an education for this high vocation and
calling. This hidden mystery of love to us, the undeserving!
For our sins the double blessing. “...whatsoever is
born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory...even
our faith” (1 John 5:4). He who believeth —
to believe is to overcome. On the way to Emmaus Jesus, beginning
from Moses and all the prophets, interpreted to them in
all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27).
He is the root! In Him is life. When we receive Christ,
we receive God and the promises (Galatians 3:29), that we
might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. I
am heir to all the promises because I believe. A great heirship!
I overcome because I believe the truth. The truth makes
TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION: “It is God who exalteth,
God who maketh rich. The Lord in His mighty arms bears thee
up — it is the Lord that encompasseth round about
thee. When I am weak, then I am strong.”
No wavering! This is the principle. He
who believes is definite, and because Jesus is in it, it
will come to pass. He is the same yesterday, today, and
forever (Hebrews 13:8). They that are poor in spirit are
heirs to all. There is no limit to the power, for God is
rich to all who call upon Him. Not the will of the flesh,
but of God (John 1:13). Put in your claim for your children,
your families, your co-workers, that many sons may be brought
to glory (Hebrews 2:10), for it is all on the principle
of faith. There is nothing in my life or ambition equal
to my salvation, a spiritual revelation from heaven according
to the power of God, and it does not matter how many flashlights
Satan sends through the human mind; roll all on the blood.
Who overcomes? He who believes Jesus is the Son (1 John
5:5). God calls in the person with no credentials, it’s
the order of faith, He who believeth overcometh —
will be caught up. The Holy Ghost gives revelation all along
the line. He that is not against us is for us, and some
of the most godly have not touched Pentecost yet. We must
have a good heart especially to the household of faith.
“...If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him” (1 John 2:15). The root principle of
all truth in the human heart is Christ, and when grafted
deeply there are a thousand lives you may win. Jesus is
the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), the secret
to every hard problem in the world.
You can’t do it! Joseph could not!
Everything depends on the principles in your heart. If God
dwells in us the principle is light, it comprehends darkness.
If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of
light, breaking through the hardest thing. “Herein
is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the
day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world
(1 John 4:17) — for faith has full capacity. When
man is pure and it is easy to detect darkness, he that hath
this hope purifieth himself (1 John 3:3).
TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION: “God
confirms in us faith that we may be refined in the world,
having neither spot nor blemish nor any such thing. It is
all on the line of faith, he that hath faith overcomes —
it is the Lord Who purifieth and bringeth where the fire
burns up all the dross, and anoints with fresh oil; see
to it that ye keep pure. God is separating us for Himself.
“...I will give you a mouth and wisdom,
which all your adversaries will not be able to gainsay nor
resist” (Luke 21:15). The Holy Spirit will tell you
in the moment what you shall say. The world will not understand
you, and you will find as you go on with God that you do
not under-stand fully. We cannot comprehend what we are
saved to, or from. None can express the joy of God’s
indwelling. The Holy Spirit can say through you the need
of the moment. The world knoweth us not because it knew
“Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth Jesus is the Son of God?” (1
John 5:5). A place of confidence in God, a place of prayer,
a place of knowledge, that we have what we ask, because
we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing
in His sight. Enoch before his translation had the testimony,
he had been well-pleasing unto God. We overcome by believing.