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Greater Than

Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NRSV

Whether it's The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Wars, or Harry Potter, we like to read and watch stories of struggle between good and evil. Although the characters and settings change, it's the same basic storyline; the hero, or heroes, face dark forces, overcome impossible opposition, and win. We identify with these stories because we understand the struggle. A significant distinction, though, is while those narratives are works of fiction, our battles are real.

In 1 John 4:1-6, John is writing to a church facing the evil of the antichrist–false prophets claiming Christ was not fully human. Others claimed Jesus, while human was not divine. (Both heresies would continue until the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD.) John reminded them that as God's children, they could discern the truth by listening to the Holy Spirit.

As we face the spirits of evil and the modern-day antichrist–those spreading false messages today, it's important to remember we've been given a unique weapon in the Holy Spirit. Far greater than any sword, lightsaber, or wand, the living Spirit of God within us exceeds any evil we may face. With it, we are guaranteed victory.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love. In your love, you sent Jesus to redeem the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us. You have blessed us with a gift greater than any antichrists or demons we face. Help us listen for your voice of discernment and be obedient to the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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