What comes to mind when we think of an “over-comer”? A strong person? Someone poised for battle with a sword in hand? Someone who conquers? Perhaps it reminds us of having control over something. I mean, what does it mean when we feel overcome with fear, dread or even excitement? It consumes us!
For us to be over-comers, there must be something to overcome… but what? Fears, hate, guilt: they all effect our quality of life. They also have something in common—they are not from God.
Maybe when we first became a Christian, we felt quite excited and ready to tackle a Christian life, but something changed along the way. Satan is clever like that. He’ll tell us lies ever so slowly, so that we’ll begin believing them one-by-one. By the time we feel an utter wreck, Satan will have us believe that we’re the problem—or even that God is.
Even understanding that Satan tells us lies and we can believe them, we often don’t realize to what extent we’ve fallen prey to his traps.
“It annoys me so much when she does that..”
“I hate how he…”
“I feel like strangling him!”
Even thoughts like these, that seem somewhat minor, can be suggested by the devil. They might sound petty, but if we take the bait and go with them and Satan continues in this subtle manner, thoughts can lead to an attitude and before we know it, we have a whole negative attitude towards someone. If we feel this way towards anyone—even if they do things that make us angry—if the attitude seems like an overreaction and we can’t really verbalize why we feel that way towards them, then it is likely to be the crafty work of the devil.
The good news is, once we identify these wrong attitudes, half the battle is won! We can bring it to God, ask His forgiveness and be renewed in Him. God overcomes it all… He is an Overcomer!
So if we want to know how to be an Over-comer ourselves, who better to look to than God?
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
– Romans 12:21
We can love. When we see “love” written, it can sometimes feel like love is a “soft” alternative. I mean, if we’re given the option of loving or fighting someone who has hurt us deeply, fighting sounds like the strong option, right?
Well actually, it’s easy to get angry and retaliate; it’s hard to love! Loving when everything in us wants to cause harm is an incredible strength! Whilst the world condemns it and looks on it as weak, it is the most noble and difficult thing to do. Love is a choice, not a reaction. And yes, it hurts. But there’s no greater weapon that stabs deep into the enemy’s heart as love does! It’s the ultimate over-comer because it destroys conflict and hatred!
Here’s an encouraging song to go with our topic! Overcomer by Mandisa