In every letter to the churches in Revelations a promise was given to those who would overcome. Life’s trials are like the process of sieving where some of us will pass through and come out the other side while others get trapped inside. Those who go through are of God but those caught in and consumed by it are not of God. Why? 1 John 5:4 “..for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” Jesus speaking about the way to life in Matthew 7:14 remind me of the small holes in a strainer that causes the separation between different grades of, say, sand or flour etc. Jesus said, “..narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” The Kingdom of God has a sifting system some of which we have discussed before (see the Kingdom of Heaven week) that divides the inhabitants of earth into two main categories, those who are saved and those who are lost, those of God verses those who are of the Devil etc. Here John is showing us another way of detecting the difference. If they overcome the world they are of God. The world here speaks of the lust of the flesh (loving and living for pleasure), the lust of the eyes (the strong desire for the things we see/material things), the pride of life (the strong need to be seen, liked and envied). God’s people passed through the Red Sea while his enemies were killed by it, the Hebrew boys passed through the fire and came out unharmed while those who threw them in were killed by it. The list goes on.