The Holy Spirit woke me up yesterday with one question: What have you overcome? Throughout the day I answered the question and meditated on Romans 8:37 “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV) What makes us more than overcomers is not our own strength, we are more than overcomers through Jesus. He tells us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
Being more than overcomers does not mean that we don’t feel the blows or get hurt or suffer. Life is indeed a contact sport. Paul tells us “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Everybody will struggle at one point or another. As believers the struggle is real. King David knew this when he states, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 (ESV)
Our lives, especially as believers are characterized by trouble, pressure, and resistance. Let us remember that Satan is our enemy and the god of this world system (2 Cor. 4:4). Let us also remember that even as we are in this world, we are not of it… at the end of the day we, as believers, are foreignness on this earth (John 17:16) This world system is against us because it hates our Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:18).
Look at your life right now… what have you overcome? A sickness, a divorce, a breakup, your own crimes, your own mistakes, sins, transgressions, and iniquity? What have you overcome? That’s your testimony… that’s God’s grace, his mercy, and his power manifested in your life. Beloved, whatever vision God has given you, whatever dream or goal you may have will not be fulfilled without trouble, pressure, and resistance… that is our reality! Don’t fall apart, don’t give up, be faithful, and keep pressing on… in due time it will materialize. Paul tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV) Don’t give up!
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