You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 4:4

How can I even begin this devotional without embedding MercyMe’s Greater? That’s right. I can’t.

I think the song about sums it up and gives a great pep talk. How can you not feel like an overcomer after clapping along to that!?

If contemporary Christian music isn’t really your vibe and that did not feel like a proper devotional, no worries! Let’s meditate on the verse for a moment: “the one living in you is greater than the one who is living in the world.” Who lives inside us? The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, lives in us.

Who lives in the world? People we don’t like: murderers, thieves, annoying aunts who kiss you too much at Thanksgiving, dads who don’t respect boundaries while you’re a growing teen, overbearing bosses, a neighbor who refuses to cut his lawn, a boyfriend who beats you, a wife with a shopping addiction that’s causing bankruptcy… I mean, everyone lives in the world. Right?

When you’re thinking about these people, as hard as it may be, I want you to remember Ephesians 6:12. If we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the evil spirits who wish to do us harm and influence those with flesh and blood let’s come back to our verse for today:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 4:4

How do we know God is greater?

Because of the Resurrection. Because Jesus overcame Death and broke the Gates of Hell. This article by Joe Rigney at DesiringGod is a great look into Jesus overcoming death. Because let’s remember, brothers and sisters, the wage of sin is death. That is the ultimate price. When Jesus went to the Cross he paid that price and declared “It is finished!” Our debt is paid. The Holy Spirit, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, now lives in us.

And that is why he who lives in us far greater than anyone in this world.

Blessings,
Karissa