by Rev Joel Yong
1 John 5:19 (ESV)
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
The Enemy, Satan wields influence over the whole world. This means that when a person becomes a Christian, the world may persecute them.
Those who are not of God, would try and discourage them from attending church, from having faith in God’s power to save them, from serving God with their gifting, from doing what is godly even though they may be mocked by unscrupulous people etc.
Seems like overwhelming odds, isn’t it.
But Scripture also teaches us—
1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Hang in there. Have faith. He will come and save you.