Posts Tagged ‘overcomer’



As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭51‬ NLT)

At this moment in Jesus’ life, He had just prophesied twice that He was about to be put to death for His teachings. His time was drawing short. To get to Heaven and be with the Father, the Son had to pass through a severe moment in Jerusalem. So, instead of ducking and avoiding it, He made up His mind and headed into it. Now that’s courage!

There are many times in our lives that for us to enjoy certain activities or moments, we must first go through some difficulties that loom in front of us like Judgment Day. And the more we see it, the more we want to procrastinate and avoid it. Be it goals, deadlines, unpleasant meetings, or a lot of piled up hard work, they sit there in the middle of our path, waiting to be conquered. Trust that God can give you the courage to take on the inevitable, which leads to better days. 

As you come to church today, relinquish your plans to the Father. We don’t see the whole picture, but He does. Where God leads you, whether toward bright mountain tops or dark valley floors, is the best of places because He is with you! Got a “High Noon” moment in your path? Then be like Jesus and set yourself towards it, knowing that God has this and you will overcome! You are loved today! Have courage! 

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You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?” (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ NLT)

According to statisticbrain.com, of all persons that set New Year’s resolutions, only 8% are successful at achieving them, 49% have infrequent success, and 24% never accomplish a single one. Wow! And 1 out of 4 are done with them after the first week! By now, 1/3 of resolution setters that hit the gym, cut back spending, and attempted to stop a bad habit have given up and are back to their old ways that they didn’t like beforehand.

No matter what the endeavor, good things require hard work and sacrifice. A better marriage, healthier body, and a powerful spiritual life require for diligence on our part to keep doing the things that we know we are supposed to be doing. Then when those stumbling moments come and we question the “effort vs reward” factor, we must keep choosing “effort”, knowing it is worth it!

What is keeping you from a healthier body, stronger esteem, wealthier wallet, more intimate marriage, or a dynamic spiritual life? Ask God to help you conquer these or any other goal worth pursuing. Then when you stumble, and you will, He is there to pick you up and keep you going! You are loved today! Keep at it!

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You formed me with your hands; you made me, yet now you completely destroy me. Remember that you made me from dust— will you turn me back to dust so soon?” (Job‬ ‭10‬:‭8-9‬ NLT)

It was one of those days. I hadn’t been sleeping good, wasn’t feeling well, money was tight, ran over my dog, and locked horns with a couple of ornery people. And all before 3pm! At that moment, I could completely identify with Job! Are you trying to kill me, Lord?!

With life, our ability to hang on must be greater than our desire to let go. While things may never be as good as we’d like for them to be, they’re also not as bad as we believe. Though we don’t care for it, the trying times are what make us a better and stronger person.

Louis Pasteur is best known for his discoveries of vaccination and pasteurization, which has saved millions of lives. Yet, to make all his discoveries, he had to endure many failures. He describes his perseverance this way: “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Let God help you to live tenaciously! You are loved and will live!

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No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬ NLT)

In 1779, Peter Francisco was one of 3,000 rebel troops facing an enormous British offensive in the Carolinas. They were outmanned from the get-go. According to popular legend, even when he knew all was lost, Francisco single-handedly carried a 500-kilogram (1,100 lb) cannon that had been abandoned by the British over to a group of rebel soldiers, who proceeded to use it in the fight.

If you knew God wanted something done and believed it would succeed would you try it? Fact is, we are safer and more prone to win over life’s travails than we could possibly imagine! But our fear of possible failure keeps us from attempting what God already sees as a predestined victory. That has got to be frustrating to Him!

What would you do for God if you knew it would work? If God is calling you, then you need to respond. In spite of how it looks, you serve a Savior that overcomes bleak odds everyday! Go for it! You are loved today!

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In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬ NLT)

There is a false notion among many believers that we will be spared of hard times because we are growing as believers. The opposite is actually more truthful. By aligning with Christ, we now make the Demonic our Enemy #1, which makes us there’s as well. Our faith that sustains us, according to the Bible, is the “stench of death” to those choose to not live it. And then, of course, there’s Life, with all of its glorious bruises, flat tires, heartbreakers, and other assorted conundrums.

According to this text, we show our true spiritual strength and character by triumphing over our pain. Christian author Norman Vincent Peale spoke of our ability to arise over pain this way: “The key to surviving adversity is to develop resilience. Resilience is just another word for your rebound, your comeback power, your ability to stand up to adversity and handle it creatively.”

As you come to church today, come ready to find your resiliency. If our troubles paralyze our faith, then our faith will never win. But our allowing Christ to help us take one baby step after another will soon lead us back to a stronger faith and a break from the storm. You are loved today! Hang in there!

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The demons begged Jesus, ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.'” (Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭12‬ NIV)

While touring Israel in 2009, I saw the area where this story took place. I can’t even imagine what 2,000 pigs drowning in a lake looks like! Just consider the terror and manipulation that this demonic legion could conjure up in these animals that would cause them to commit suicide. That’s a devastating display of power.

With Jesus’ Bay of Pigs fiasco in mind, consider how susceptible we are to Satan’s mind games. We’re it not for the grace of God, you and I would’ve already ran off our cliffs! We have a brilliantly deceptive enemy, one that seeks to destroy you everyday. But with Jesus as your Lord, you cannot be touched!

Don’t live in fear of the demonic, but don’t underestimate them either. Trust that God has your every step guarded. Live holy so that your enemy gains no footholds on you. You are loved today!