1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our Faith. (KJV)
According to the above text. What is it to overcome the world?
For one to overcome the world, it is to get above the spirit of covetousness which possesses the men of the world. It is a greediness after the things of the world. Some worldly men covet one thing and another; this is a spirit of covetousness which has posses their mind.
The first thing in overcoming the world is that the spirit of covetousness in respect to worldly things and objects, be overcome. The man who does not overcome this spirit of bustling and scrambling after good which this world proffers has by no means overcome the world.
Overcoming the world implies rising above its engrossments. When a man has overcome the world his thoughts are no longer engrossed and swallowed up with worldly things. A man certainly does not overcome the world unless he gets above being engrossed and absorbed with its concerns.
The man who gain the Victory over the world must overcome not one form only of its pursuits, but every form must overcome the world itself and all that it has to present as an allurement. To the human heart.
Overcoming the world implies overcoming the fear of the world. It is a mournful fact that most men, and indeed all men of worldly character, have so much regard to publicity opinion that they dare not act according to the dictates of their consciences when acting thus would insure the popular frown. One is afraid lest his business should suffer if his course runs counter to public opinion; another fears lest if he stand up for the truth it will injure his reputation.
Overcoming the world implies overcoming a state of worldly anxiety. The man who gets above the world gets above this state of ceaseless and corroding anxiety.
The Victory under consideration implies that we cease to be enslaved and in bondage to the world in any of its form.
There is a worldly spirit and there is also a heavenly spirit, and one or the other exist in the heart of every man and controls his whole being. Those who are under the control of the world of course have not overcome the world. No man overcome the world till his heart is imbued with the spirit of Heaven.
One form which the spirit of the world assumes is, being enslaved to the customs and fashions of the day. Men who are not dead to the world have not escaped its bondage. The Victorious Christian is in a state where he is no longer in bondage to man, he is bound to serve God.
Who are those that overcome the world? Our text gives the the ready answer: “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world” this is a universal proposition. All who are born of God overcome the world- All these, and it is obviously implied none other.
You may know who are born of God by this characteristic, they overcome the world by Faith: Hebrews 11:6 Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Love: 1 John 4:7 Dear friends. We should love each other, because love comes from God. The person who loves has become God’s child and knows God.
Holy Spirit: Zechariah 4:6 ……Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord Almighty.