Are You An Overcomer?
For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4-5)
Whenever I read this it seems so simple, doesn't it? Here again, we are looking at faith-which really boils down to believing, doesn't it? When the storms of life come against us, what do we believe? Do we believe that God will be with us? He tells us that He will never leave us for forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). But how much of that do we believe when we are looking at circumstances that happen in the natural? Look at the beginning of this chapter:
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:1-3)
I have gone through many trials, and I can tell you this; every time I was choosing to believe God over my circumstances, and stood fast on it, something changed. It was like a shift in the atmosphere happened. At times, I almost felt like was in a dream because if I was thinking in the natural, I should have been panicking, fearful or anxious. This is when the Spirit of the living God comes upon you and you just know everything is going to be okay no matter what happens. I had a choice. If I chose to partner with a spirit of fear, then God's perfect peace would not help me to overcome the trial. Things in life don't have the eternal look as the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven does not live in time - it is eternal.
Even looking at the financial situations today, how often I have been through times of financial crises, yet never really lacked! But look what God promises us in some of the Scriptures for the end times:
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. (Revelation 2:17)
He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 2:26-29)
He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 3:5-6)
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 3:12-13)
He who overcomes, I will grant 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. (Revelation 3:21-22)
Do you see a pattern here? The word overcome and the sentence "he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" appears six times in 2 chapters! Do you think God wants to get His point across?
The word overcome in all these Scriptures is nikao in the Strong's dictionary and it means to conquer, to carry the victory, to hold fast to their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, temptations and persecutions.
He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:7-8)
Does that sound harsh? It may to those who don't believe. But I see this as a promise! If we choose to overcome, we will not incur a second death. But we must listen to what the Spirit has to say. That means when we are incurring trials, we should be quick to listen and hear what the Holy Spirit has to tell us about it. It is there that we may claim victory in our lives. It is there that we may be able to bring hope to a world full of fear and hopelessness. When they begin to see the power of the Almighty God, they too, may choose to follow Him!
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.(1 John 4:16-19)
Beloved, become an overcomer! No matter what is going on in your life, you can be assured that God will help you to overcome it and be victorious!