1 John 4:4 – 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.
In boxing, there are three-minute rounds with a bell to start and end each round. When the bell rings, the fighting must stop for one minute, or the end of the fight. Sadly, too many Christians think that Christianity is like a boxing match; one round after another with a fixed time and a rest period between rounds. My friend, that is not the way things are. I remember a statement I heard some years ago. It was a “make-you-think” statement. It went like this. “When you’re fighting a 400-pound gorilla, you don’t stop fighting when you get tired. You don’t stop fighting until the gorilla is tired.” The truth is that in the kingdom of God, you never stop fighting, though that statement makes the point. Too many Christians stop when they get tired because they think they deserve a break. Satan does not fight by rules. He is a thief, a killer, and a destroyer. That’s all he knows, he’s had thousands of years of practice, and the only thing that stops him is total defeat.
However, we can live with joy in knowing that we have all that is necessary to achieve that total defeat of Satan on a daily basis, battle to battle, step after step, and all to the glory of God. Look closely at our Text for Today. Note the term “little children.” While every member of the body of Christ can receive that as being addressed to them personally, I find it powerfully energizing that the term “little children” is used. If you will recall, in Romans 8:14, we read the words, “For as many as are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God.” The term “sons of God” speaks of believers who have reached a level of growth and maturity in which they are sensitive to and led by Holy Spirit. Typically, baby Christians, believers young in the faith, and immature believers who may have been a Christian for many years, but have simply not grown, are not led by Holy Spirit. While they are Christians indeed, they would not be referred to as “sons of God,” but more accurately as “children of God.” This is in no intended to degrade, demean, or diminish their relationship to Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It is simply a statement of truth recognizing one’s level of spiritual maturity. Now look at our Text for Today once again. The term is “little children.” Surely the statement of this verse is true concerning a mature believer, but look at the great love, grace, compassion, and mercy of God revealed in this verse. With Holy Spirit living in the believer, even in the baby Christian, or the spiritually young and immature Christian, “greater is He that is in you (them) than he that is in the world.” Hallelujah!
Manna for Today – 1 John 4:1-6; 1 John 5:4; Philippians 4:13; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23-24