The Family Reunion ended twelve days ago and we had 94 believers signed up and ready to spend 100 days as Messengers For Christ.Â It is the largest group we have ever had and we are certainly moving ahead with the things of God together.Â Please keep us in your prayers as we reach out to the world with all the love of God in our hearts.
As part of the program I communicate with them on a daily basis.Â On Day 9 I wrote them about being overcomers.Â They responded with such excitement to it that I thought I would also share it with you all.Â Following is the short communiquĂ©.
God bless you in the exalted name of Jesus Christ, the great overcomer.
We can walk in the steps of Jesus and be overcomers ourselves as we realize we are children of God with Christ in us.Â Yes, we overcome the world because greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world.Â We cleanse our way and decide to obey by taking heed to Godâ€™s wonderful Word.Â When we live according to it we are not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
In Revelation 3:21-22 Jesus says, â€śHe who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.â€ť [New American Standard]
The word translated as â€śovercomeâ€ť in the passage above (and all the other 10 verses where â€śovercomeâ€ť occurs in Revelation) is the Greek verb â€śnikaĹŤ,â€ť which means to conquer, to prevail, to gain the victory.Â The word implies that there is a battle or conflict.Â Likewise, the English word â€śovercomeâ€ť connotes a sustained and difficult struggle against some kind of resistanceâ€•whether it is an obstacle or direct personal oppositionâ€•until it is fully conquered.
Overcoming takes more than wishing or passively praying.Â It takes defeating opposition; it takes rolling up our sleeves, mustering our courage, and jumping into the fray.Â I trust you are overcoming inertia as you set your course for victory every day.Â Following are some qualities of an overcomer.
- Overcomers believe.Â They are clear on exactly what victory looks like and believe that victory is not only possible for them; itâ€™s inevitable. (IÂ John 5:4)
- Overcomers deal in reality.Â They look at their world and their circumstance with frank honesty, understanding that if they donâ€™t accept where they are, theyâ€™ll never know how to get where theyâ€™re going.Â However, they do not accept the situation; they overcome it. (Romans 4:19-21)
- Overcomers fight smart.Â They understand victory requires a thoughtful approach.Â Rather than charge ahead like a bull in a china shop, they try one thing at a time, measuring the impact, and adapting their strategy based on the results. (Proverbs 4:7;14:8)
- Overcomers engage failure as part of the process.Â Rather than letting failures stop them, they practice curiosity in the face of failure, learning from what didnâ€™t work, and improving their strategies for next time. (Proverbs 24:10; Isaiah 40:31;Luke 18:1)
- Overcomers celebrate every successâ€•no matter how small.Â They understand that to â€świn the long war,â€ť they need to take heart and courage from every inch of ground they gain.Â They know that progress, no matter how small, is fuel for the soul.Â (Job 10:20; Proverbs 15:16; Philippians 1:18)
- Overcomers donâ€™t try to go it alone.Â A sure-fire way to lose a battle in your life is to believe you donâ€™t need any help.Â Overcomers understand nobody wins alone.Â They surround themselves with a band of brothersâ€•brothers and sisters in arms who are committed to help them win.Â (Nehemiah 4:14; II Corinthians 8:23; Philippians 2:25; 4:3)
- Overcomers never give up.Â No matter how many times they fall, or how dire the circumstances appear to be, they are relentless in their refusal to quit.Â Like great warriors and leaders before them, they understand that the refusal to give up is perhaps the most powerful weapon for victory they have. (Proverbs 24:16; IÂ Corinthians 15:58; IIÂ Corinthians 4:1; Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 12:3)
Not only can we overcome [nikaĹŤ] and win the victory [nikÄ“].Â We should do so in an awesome fashion.Â Letâ€™s overcome what is thrown in our path and enjoy living life as more than a conqueror [hupernikaĹŤ-superconqueror].
Next week we will get back to our study of Jude