8. Faith is the Victory
I remember singing this hymn many times as a teenager at the small country church where I played the piano alongside the worship leader. There is one phrase, in particular, that is sweet to the soul.
His banner over us is love, our sword the Word of God…
However, my complaint against this song is the chorus itself:
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory that overcomes the world.
Yes, it is scripturally based, as recorded in 1 John 5:4-5: "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
My concern, is that Christians will forget that faith in Jesus Christ is more than words. Faith is belief of heart, mind, soul, and strength, and the works that come from that faith. (James 2:20)
Let’s remember Who has overcome the world—Jesus, Himself. And in Him we have put our faith.
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