Become an Overcomer
Our next series, which starts January 7 is called, “Overcomer”!
The Bible says a lot about being an overcomer. In the book of Revelation, Jesus encourages His people to remain steadfast through trials:
Revelation 2:26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,
Revelation 3:21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Revelation 21:7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
First John 5:4–5 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
Overcomers are followers of Christ who successfully resist the power and temptation of the world’s system. An overcomer is not sinless, but holds on tightly to faith in Christ until the end.
He does not turn away when times get difficult. Overcoming requires complete dependence upon God for direction, purpose, fulfillment, and strength to follow His plan for our lives.
The Greek word most often translated “overcomer” stems from the word nike which, means “to carry off the victory. The verb implies a battle.” The Bible teaches Christians to recognize that the world is a battleground, not a playground. God does not leave us defenseless.
Sometimes all it takes to overcome temptation is to stand firm and refuse be dragged into it. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” An overcomer is one who resists sin no matter what lures Satan uses.
Romans 8:35–39 summarizes the power believers have through the Holy Spirit to overcome any attacks of the enemy. Verse 37 says, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Overcoming is often equated with enduring. A true disciple of Christ is one who endures through trials by the power of the Holy Spirit. An overcomer clings to Christ, no matter how high the cost of discipleship.
In Mark 13:13 Jesus promises, “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (ESV).
We have the guarantee of Jesus that, if we are His, we will be able to endure to the end and His rewards will make it all worthwhile.
We shall Overcome!