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“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
 
And this is the victory that has overcome the world
Some Christians do not gain victory over the world.  The world conquers them.  The “world” is all that opposes the will of God and His commandments. The victory gained at the cross overcomes the world. 
2 Ti 4: 10 “…for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.”
—our faith
Faith is the key to love others.  We more and more gain victory over the world as our faith grows.  The Object and work of our faith is Who and what gives victory over Satan’s system.  Jesus conquered the world during His earthly ministry (Jn 16:33) by His sacrificial death for our sins.  The tiniest faith grasps the reality of God’s eternal order and sees the ultimate failure of the satanic order.  
Ro 8: 37 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
1 Co 15: 57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
PRINCIPLE: 
We overcome the world system by taking God at His Word. 
APPLICATION: 
Faith is simply taking God at His Word.  Faith in an adequate object produces a good outcome.  We get victory over the entire satanic system by placing faith in the Lord Jesus and His work on the cross. Victory does not come by placing faith in ourselves. The adequate object of our faith is the promises of God.
We overcome the world system by faith.  By applying faith in the Word of God to specific problems, we commit to greater standards and values.  We focus faith on Jesus Christ and His provisions.  When we put God’s principles to practice by faith every day, we mature spiritually.
We can tell we walk by faith if we produce fruit (Jn 15:8), introduce others to Christ and gain victory over the flesh.  Faith is trust in God’s operating assets.  If that does not tie in with experience, experience is wrong.  We do not interpret the Bible by human experience.  If our experience contradicts the Bible, then there is something wrong with our procedure of perception.  We might have experienced a religious hallucination.  We have been deluded.
Rather, we interpret our experience by the Bible.  In God’s system of values, victory always comes through the Lord Jesus.
Ga 6: 14 “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” 
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