"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 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." -1 John 5:1-4 NKJV
Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armour by which we overcome. In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and in opposition to the world. Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. It has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The real Christian overcomes the world by faith; he sees, in and by the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus on earth, that this world is to be renounced and overcome. He cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still tending, striving, and pressing toward heaven. We must all, after Christ's example, overcome the world, or it will overcome us to our ruin. In order to live victoriously, our faith or belief in God must be preeminent. Hebrews 11:6B, "for he who comes to God must believe that HE IS." We cannot completely submit to His sovereign will if we do not believe first, that HE IS. When we come to the resolve that HE IS, and then completely submit to His Will in words and deeds, then and only then can we live victoriously. It is not the truth known that causes us to be victorious, but it is the application of the truth known that causes us to always abound! I encourage my readers to allow the Word of God to rule in you, because faith or victory comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God. Live Victoriously it's your inheritance!