You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
All parents want their children to learn that inner strength can overcome life’s external obstacles. With perseverance, determination, faith, and patience, life’s challenges can be overcome. It is a truism rather than an absolute truth: What is on the inside is more powerful than what is on the outside.
But when it comes to spiritual challenges, we have an absolute truth at work: God in us is greater than Satan who is in the world. The apostle John tells us something that sometimes surprises Christians when they read it: “The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19)—meaning Satan influences and has a measure of power over the world. But John also tells us, “[God] who is in you is greater than [Satan] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We have read the final chapter; we are on the winning side in all things.
Never forget: Our God is greater than the one who pretends to be the ruler of this world.
What greater encouragement can a man have to fight against his enemy, than when he is sure of the victory before he fights, of final victory! Richard Sibbes