“I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:14).
In a world that puts great emphasis on physical strength and competition, it is important for the young believer to realize the kind of strength that is more valuable than anything else. Paul reminded Timothy, “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7–8). Notice that being a man of God and spiritually strong requires that we train ourselves. This is what we call self-discipline.
How is this done? John says to young men who are spiritually strong, “the Word of God abides in you”. That means that God’s Word ‘continues to actively remain or reside’ in the mind and heart. It can be drawn on at any moment for protection or building up. Through this “abiding”, the life is controlled by the authority of the Scriptures and then gives us the power through the Holy Spirit to “overcome the evil one”. The Word of God is what wins the battle in the mind and heart when we allow the Holy Spirit to apply its truth to us personally.
David learned this truth; “I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). To “store up” God’s Word in our hearts is to place on it a value that is greater than all the world might offer. What are you “storing” in your mind and heart that is a treasure of unparalleled value?
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