Read 1 John 5:1-5 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.
1. How does our relationship with God change when we believe in Jesus?
2. What type of victory can we expect?
3. How is this victory achieved?
Today’s verses were written by one of Jesus’ closest disciples. John was present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, so his words hold extra weight for us today. Not only does John define our relationship with God when we believe, he also explains the victory that comes from this position of belief.
It isn’t a “snap your fingers and you win a perfect life” type of victory. It’s a victory that is won in the trenches. This world is evil, and life in this world is hard. But that doesn’t mean we retreat and pull away. The only thing retreating does is unplug us from our source of power.
If we want an inner power and courage to face life’s challenges, we have to look to the risen Jesus. Just as John walked and talked with Jesus before and after His resurrection, which led to an assured belief of victory, we too can walk and talk with Jesus in our daily rhythms, letting Him take our belief and turn it into victory that outlasts this life.
Pray through the following questions, and ask God to show you a next step He’s asking you to take in response. If you have a notebook or journal, write down what comes to mind and what your response will be.
• How does Jesus’ resurrection and the eyewitness accounts of His disciples inspire you?
• Where do you most lack courage when it comes to following Jesus? In that particular space, do you see any notable patterns between your levels of belief and courage?
• Have you been staying plugged into your “power source” lately? Are you committed to daily time with God through His Word and prayer? What changes could you make to prioritize this more?