On God’s team, everyone has a position, and every position has its purpose. Before Christ gives you your position, he will start with the necessary training of making you an OVERCOMER. Everyone on God’s team should be maturing so they can be assigned a position.
Our past has been taken care of, and we have a great future. We are on the way to our heavenly home. But what about the present? Is it possible for us to have victory and be an Overcomer in this life? Yes, it is. The apostle Paul said, “Thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ…” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
What we must know
How we meet the trials of life depends on the way we inwardly see and believe things to be. If we see things from a purely human point of view, we will be discouraged and defeated. To be an Overcomer, we must see them from God’s point of view.
If we are to see things from God’s point of view, there are some things we must know:
Trouble is a part of this life.
We must know what to expect in this life. Trouble is a part of this life. The Bible says, “Man is born unto trouble.” Sometimes Christians expect God to keep them from problems and hardship and suffering, but God has not promised to do this. Christians, as well as unsaved people, experience trials, troubles, and pain.
There is false teaching circulating in the world which says, “Become a follower of Jesus Christ, and all your troubles will be over.”
Sometimes God’s people are told, “God will keep you from sickness and make you successful if you just believe the right things and claim them. “But God does not promise this anywhere in the Bible. Jesus said, “In the world, you shall have tribulation (trouble): but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Can you see that JESUS was the first OVERCOMER!
How can we be an Overcomer?
To be an Overcomer in Life and to have all that God has for us, there are some definite steps that we must take:
Step 1: Believe that God rules everything.
God rules over everything in this world and the universe.
He has all power in Heaven and on earth. There is nothing that can stop God from doing what He wants to do.
Everything that happens in the universe is under God’s watchful eye and His careful supervision. Does God know about our troubles? Yes, He does. Jesus said that even the hairs of our head are numbered.
Step 2: Believe that God’s way is perfect.
There are many mysteries in life that we cannot explain. Christians suffer the same tragedies and sorrows as other people. In times of great distress, we need to hear God saying, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10a).
Many things are hard for us to understand because we see things from our viewpoints and not from God’s. But God makes no mistakes. No matter how things may look to us, all of God’s acts are perfect. His way cannot be improved. The Bible says, “As for God, His way is perfect…” (Psalm 18:30). One day, we will see the “heavenly side” of God’s actions. We will see His perfect design and plan for our life, and we will say, “Lord, I praise You and thank You. Your way was perfect.”
Step 3: Believe that God is good.
When trials and difficulties come to us, Satan likes to put wrong thoughts into our minds. He may suggest something like this: “Either God is not good, or He doesn’t love you. How could a good God let this happen to you?” If we accept Satan’s wrong thoughts, they will lead us into self-pity. The truth is that God loves us, and He is good, no matter what our troubles are. The Bible says, “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord: for He is good: for His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).
Step 4: Surrender your will to God.
What does it mean to surrender our will to God? It means to want what God wants, in all things, and always. This allows God to work out His perfect plan in our life. The key is to know God has our life in His hands, and He wants us to want what He desires for our life. We must let go (surrender) of our plans and our ways. We must continue to read and pray every day if we want to know His will.
Step 5: Believe that all things work together for good to those who love God.
Nothing that comes into the life of a child of God is an accident. Everything that comes to us is either ordered by God or permitted by Him. The Bible says, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We may not see how all things are working together for our good, but we can know it because God says so.
The reason why all things work together for good to them that love God is that God rules everything. All things are His servants, and He causes them to work together for good to His children who love Him.
Are you ready to be an Overcomer?
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