BEING AN OVERCOMER

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

Being an Overcomer is mentioned many times in God's Word.  The term itself implies to rise above, surmount, and triumph over.  We have a history of those who have overcome many circumstances in their lives that would have left a weaker person devastated. 

BEING AN OVERCOMER
THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST

A believer in Christ has an added assurance; for the apostle Paul, who had suffered many thing at the hand of man proclaimed:  Who shall separate us (the believer) from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, for your sake we are killed all the daylong; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  But in all these things we are more than conquerors through him (the Lord Jesus) that loved us (Romans 8:35-37).  Being an Overcomer is supplemented by an enduring faith in the one who loved and died for us on the Cross of Calvary.

YOUTH OF THE LAND

The apostle John wrote:  I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one (or Satan) (1 John 2:14). 

John addressed others in this text but I am using this verse to expound upon; because we are seeing our youth devastated by the devices of the wicked, to swing them towards acceptance of destructive ways. 

A study found that those of Generation Z category (born 1999 and upward) are the least religious in America's history; less likely to attend church services than other generations.  The most common reason was that "church is not relevant to me personally and "I will find God elsewhere."  Unless conviction overrides this attitude such will not find themselves in the status of being an Overcomer!

A SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

When John referred to being strong he was not speaking of natural strength through one's own physical body but spiritually in Christ.  Scripture reveals that bodily exercise profits little; but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (1 Timothy 4:8).

John was speaking of being strengthened by the Word of God planted in one's heart.  Scripture reveals that one is to lay apart all filthiness and abundance of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted Word which is able to save your souls (James 1:21).  There is a strength against sin and temptation that cannot be found in man's own strength but through God's indwelling Spirit in the life of a believer!

FORCES OF EVIL

There are forces of evil in this world that are attempting to stamp out Christianity; because it reveals the need of the righteousness of God, and to live a godly life.  It reveals pet sins, and ungodly lifestyles, that are an abomination to God. 

We see sin openly displayed as in Sodom and Gomorrah of old which was condemned to destruction as an example to those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6).  We see such as Babylon that had become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, whose plagues would come in one day; death, and mourning, and famine, and she would be utterly burned with fire (Revelation 18:8).

A WORLD DOMINATED BY
IDOLATRY

We live in a world that is dominated by idolatry; with many worshiping gods that are made with men's hands.   I personally witnessed such worship while visiting different lands while in military service.  The apostle Paul attempted to set the record straight when he was in Athens; his spirit provoked within, when he saw the city given over to idolatry (Acts 17:16).

He beheld one of their objects of worship with the inscription, "To the Unknown God" and he utilized such as a source to deliver the Gospel message to them (Acts 17:22-23).  He stated:  God who made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth; dwells not in temples made with hands.  Inasmuch as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, shaped by art and man's devising (Acts 17:24-29).

Some mocked; and others said, we will hear you again of this matter.  But certain men joined to Paul and believed (Acts 17:32-34).  Being an Overcomer begins with belief; of walking away from sin and degradation of this world, into the marvelous light of the Gospel of Christ (1 Peter 2:9)! 

BENEFITS OF BEING AN
OVERCOMER

Being an Overcomer has benefits that are literally out of this world!  Jesus said:  To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7). 

Because of sin access to the tree of life had been denied (Genesis 3:14) but being an Overcomer will again give one access to the tree of life which is in the paradise of God!

GIVEN A NEW NAME

Jesus revealed yet another benefit of being an Overcomer:  To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except he that receives it (Revelation 2:17).

Manna in the Old Testament; to the Israelites in the wilderness, represented sustenance and life.  Now Christ is sufficient for all the believer's needs.  The white stone and its new name symbolizes acceptance with approval by God.

NAME WILL NOT BE BLOTTED
OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE

Jesus revealed:  He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white garments; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels (Revelation 3:5).

A Bible commentary noted:  The one who has genuine faith in Christ has the righteousness of Christ accounted to him through the redeeming blood of the Lamb.  The promise not to blot out his name out of the book of life is an assurance of the eternal security of of the true believer.

Thank God for the many biblical assurances for being an Overcomer in Christ!  The darkness of this world (or its sinful nature) is no longer attractive when one takes on the nature of Christ rather than the world.  The god of this world (or Satan) will attempt to renew the characteristics of the old life; if allowed!

ADDED ASSURANCE TO THE
OVERCOMER

Scripture gives an added assurance to the the believer in Christ:  You are of God and have overcome them (Satan and the evilness of man): because greater is he that is in you (that of God's Spirit), than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)! 

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (or of the flesh), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down of imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). 

Being an Overcomer is learning to place all matters of concern into the hands of a living God, and a loving Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of His Father in heaven (Acts 7:15).  (More Details in Audio Podcast)

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