Lately I’ve listened often to a song called “Overcomer” by Mandisa. This song encourages me that I don’t have to succumb to people and problems which seek to defeat me and tempt me to say, “I quit.”
When I think of overcomers, I am reminded of those who have survived and thrived despite serious injury, illness, insults, and impossible situations.
I want to be like them—an overcomer.
Years ago I worked as a substitute teacher in several Christian schools at the middle and high school level. Even though these young men and women called themselves Christians, they often were on their worst behavior. On some days I was subjected to ridicule, harassment, disrespect, lying, cheating, and deception. Often I wanted to quit this calling God had given to me during that time in my life. But then something special would happen, and I would be certain God was using me to make a difference.
I remember one day a young man came forward, handed in the test he had just completed, and confessed to cheating. He said, “Give me a 0. I deserve it.” I admired him for his integrity– which I spoke of often with the students–and told him so.
Here is the quote someone passed along to me in the midst of those challenging days. It helped me to overcome and complete my assignment as a substitute teacher until God called me to something else—working with the mentally ill.
“He gives us the good days, so we don’t give up. He gives us the hard days, so we will depend on Him.”
Dependence on the Lord is the key to being an overcomer.
When I search the Word, I see many who depended on the Lord.
David depended on God when he fought Goliath and defeated him.
Daniel depended on the Lord when He decided to continue to honor God and was then thrown into the lion’s den and came out unharmed.
Paul depended on God when he went through all sorts of hardships as he served God and came away victorious.
Esther depended on the Lord when she risked death and appeared before her husband to tell him the truth about the evil man who had plotted the genocide of the Jews. And she saved her people.
Ruth, instead of staying in her homeland, went with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and depended on her God along with Naomi, and they were both blessed because of it.
These and many others in the Bible were overcomers. They were ordinary people doing extraordinary things because of their connection to God and the power they received from Him.
What hinders me at times from being an overcomer is that instead I am overcome.
Numbers 22:3 states, “Moab was distressed and overcome with fear…”
I admit that too often lately I’ve been overcome by fear when I’ve taken my eyes off of the Lord and have depended upon my own resources rather than on Him.
One of my favorite verses with the word “overcome” is John 16:33.
In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] AMP
I can be an overcomer because Jesus was an overcomer first. And He lives in me.
One prerequisite to being an overcomer is to have a circumstance that is difficult—even seemingly impossible. That’s when God loves to come through for me. And He does—every time—as I depend on Him.
How about you? Do you want to be an overcomer? Listen to this song by Mandisa and sing along making it personal, “I’m an overcomer.” Before you know it, by God’s grace you will be.
Here’s the link to Overcomer” by Mandisa.
To hear more about becoming an overcomer, listen to my radio show “Hearts Set Free with Elaine” on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 9:00am EST. Go to www.wtis1110.com and press “Listen Live.” Or listen later in the week from the archives on my WTIS website.