“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:3-5)

Each and every day, we are barraged by the promise of beauty, riches, success, fame, and pleasure. They claim to be able to fill our hearts and give us ultimate happiness, and quite often, we believe in lies. If these promises came to us dressed up as demons in a little red suit, we recognize them at once and refuse to trust them, but because their lies appear like Satan himself, as a source of light, we easily duped.

We need to overcome the world because it can overwhelm us and distract us from our relationship with God. These lies steal our attention, erode our faith in God, corrupt our motives, and strain our relationships. Every part of our lives is affected and ruined, if we believe the false promises. Overcoming the world doesn’t happen in one click because we say a certain thing or because we attend church. In wars won by carefully planning, marshaling resources, being courageous in action, and especially by following the direction of the commander.

We overcome the world when we stay close to God, recognize and reject the lies we hear, and walk-in obedience to Him.