By Edd Sterchi

You may recognize the title (without the parenthesis)
as a song recorded by the Beatles and, later, by Earth,
Wind, and Fire. But this thought (with the parenthesis
statement added by me) depicts perfectly how we can
overcome the world.

In light of this, consider 1 John 4:4, “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.”
This is reminding us that if we get (and keep) Jesus
Christ into our lives, then we will overcome Satan and
the ways of the world.

In the book of 1 John, this whole process is spelled
out. Jesus became the sin offering for us (1 John 2:1-2).
We get Jesus into our lives through a proper baptism (1
John 5:8). It is then that we are born of God and become
His children (1 John 3:1). We keep Jesus in our lives
through loving His word (1 John 2:5) and through
faithful living (1 John 1:5-7). In fully doing this, we also
keep ourselves from loving the world and the world’s
ways which are influenced by Satan (1 John 2:15-17).

In the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney
(who wrote the original song): “Ooh, then I suddenly
see you – Ooh, did I tell you that I need you. Every
single day of my life?” Do you truly have Jesus fully in
your daily life?