Jesus overcame the world!
What does that mean? This means that since Jesus overcame the world, we can to. We can overcome the world but with a little help from Jesus and a lot of help from the Holy Spirit. “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world”(John 16:33). In a moment of despair and confusion amongst the disciples, trying to make sense of what has happened the past few days, Jesus comes to them while they are in the upper room. “And with that, He breathed on them the Holy Spirit and said ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven, if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’,” John20:22-23
The Holy Spirit resides in Christians with joy and peace. This begs the question ‘why do God’s children still sin?’ Because we have been born into sin. As with a whole brain emulation, sometimes called mind uploading or mind transfer or mind copying onto a medium such as a video disc, what if when a person accepts Jesus Christ into their heart and the Holy Spirit was uploaded into the brain(mind) then there would a total change in personality and thinking. The Holy Spirit would do its thing while Jesus Christ is setting up shop in the heart. One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of its sin. If the Holy Spirit were here on earth, in person, then He would not be dwelling within us and we would not have access to Him 24 7.
In the secular world view there is no mandate or suggestion that one should follow a moral code. The view is all about “I” and improving the self. It is all about stepping on everybody else while your trying to be the best that you can be. It seems to me that within that philosophy there seems to be no room for God or a moral code but there is plenty of room for I. The prevailing thought seems to be that it is not a sin for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. Do not pray for committing the sin of not believing in God but for the life of those who commit the sin. The world says that righteousness is not needed but that we can get to heaven on our own. Here is an absolute – we are not all children of God but we are all born in to sin.
The only sin that God does not forgive is the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death brought sorrow but Jesus’ rising brought rejoicing. For it is in these two events that a Christian is able to take a stand and proudly proclaim the name of Jesus Christ. He overcame the world. He conquered Satan and defeated death. He freed us from the shackles of sin.
The Holy Spirit gives joy beyond our physical and emotional state. He brings meaning to our situations even if we do not see or understand it. A Christian always has the hope and joy of seeing Jesus again. True sorrow never makes it to the pages of history. Believers do not live a life of inspiration but a life of hope and joy and of certainty. God promises us that we will have problems but that we only need to call on Him, on his name.
Sin and this world are on a time table for nothing is random. Yet the Holy Spirit fills us with a peace that overcomes the world. So, the only way that we keep from being beat down by the world is to keep our eyes on Jesus. Calling on Jesus is more than a default button but a way of life.