4 In Faith

You Have The Power To Overcome

On Thursdays here on the blog, I will be revisiting posts I wrote early on in my journey here.  Some of you have been with me since the beginning, but many of you have not.  I have been reading through some of my earlier posts, and have been blessed.  It is my hope that you will be blessed and encouraged as well.

*This post originally appeared on September 7, 2009.  Minor edits were made to this post.

Lightening

No matter what hardship we face, we have the power to overcome. What does the Bible have to say about being an overcomer, and how do we get there?

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Although life is sometimes an uphill battle, Jesus said he has overcome the world. He already fought our battles for us, took them to the cross and died so that we could have the final victory. It’s hard to sometimes remember, in the midsts of our battles, that in Christ we ARE victorious. If this is true, why then do we often find ourselves fighting battles we thought we had already won?

To overcome is defined this way:

get the better of, prevail over, control, get/bring under control, master, conquer, defeat, beat; get over, get a grip on, curb, subdue; informal lick, best.

When we find ourselves struggling to gain victory in a certain area, it just means we haven’t yet gotten full control over the siutation. But with every step we take toward victory we are gaining ground and getting closer to overcoming the situation. Sometimes in this life it’s “one step forward, two steps back”. But we must continue to press in and stand on the Word of God.

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19)

God has given us ALL authority to trample on the snakes in our life. The enemy has no power over us. We all know the enemy is a LIAR! He likes to whisper in our ear and distort situations and cause us to take our eyes off of Christ and what He is doing in the midsts of it. When those things happen to me, I often do a prophetic act. I picture myself pulling the enemy out of my head (because we all know that is where our battles begin), throwing him on the ground, stomping on his head and then picking up the remains and throwing them in the trash. I remind myself that through Christ I AM an overcomer and that the enemy has no power or authority over my life. Try it. It sure feels good!

I really like this definition of what it means to overcome:

defeat, beat, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overwhelm, overpower, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, win over/against, outdo, outclass, worst, crush; informal drub, slaughter, clobber, hammer, lick, best, crucify, demolish, wipe the floor with, make mincemeat of, blow out of the water, take to the cleaners, shellac, skunk.

When you find yourself in the midst of the storm, remind yourself that God is for you, not against you. He has overcome the world and the power of the enemy over you. Stand on His Word. Praise Him! Speak life to yourself. Tell yourself that You are an overcomer. Then, stomp on the head of the serpents in your life, wipe the floor with them and move on out in victory. You have the power to overcome!

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    Beth
    June 6, 2013 at 4:00 am

    What a wonderful idea to share older posts and I’m grateful you have shared this one. As I read, the words from Jeremy Camp’s song were ringing in my head.

    “Savior, worthy of honor and glory
    Worthy of all our praise, You overcame
    Jesus, awesome in power forever
    Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame.”

    What a wonderful way to begin my morning! Blessings to you, Beth.
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    ~Karrilee~
    June 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

    So perfect for today… so glad you reposted, my friend!
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    Linda
    June 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I am on a detox/diet change…and I got a bit grouchy yesterday and wanted to quit! BUT…the Lord has helped me get through one more day, and I am leaning on Him to help me overcome the temptations along the way. Thanks Barbie!

    Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits
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    child of God
    June 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I remember teaching my son to read. It was difficult. He just didn’t want to listen to me and do what I told him to do. He would just sit there and panic and say I can’t!! I knew the whole picture and knew that if he just did as I told him, eventually he would understand and be able to read and see the whole picture as well.

    God knows and sees the whole picture. We need to listen to Him, do as He says and trust that eventually we will understand and know the whole picture too. Sometimes, because I just can not understand, I panic and shout out I can’t!! God, gently calms me down, pulls my focus to Him and tells me, ‘With Me, yes you can!’

    It is not in us that we gain the victory but in losing control to Him that the victory is won. Praise GOD!!

    Blessings hon.
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