Thursday, February 12, 2015

Overcomers Or Underachievers?

"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
1 John 5:4, 5 (NKJV)

Everyone will face problems in life; this is an inescapable fact.  But that does not stop some people from trying to do just that, escape from their problems.  Some people try to ignore the problem hoping that it will go away or they just try to endure it rather than do anything about the problem.  Some people look for another person to come to their rescue to save them so that the person with the actual problem does not need to do anything.  But some people deal with challenges head on and when faced with a problem they overcome it; while this is not the easiest way to live it is the best way to live.

In the Book of Revelation we see the phrase "he who overcomes" written to each of the seven churches addressed in chapters 2 and 3.  Along with this it lists the rewards given to those who overcome, but there is no mention of a reward or benefit for those who give up or don't do anything about their problems.  This shows us that we can be overcomers and it also shows us that it is up to us to do something about the challenges and problems we face.  God never planned for His children to go through their lives on earth just trying to hide from and be overcome by their problems.

It is through Jesus that we have overcome the world (John 16:33; Romans 8:37), we are supposed to reign in this life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17), and we are born of God to overcome (1 John 5:4, 5)!  Rather than be an underachiever and live below the standard that God wants us to and even made provision for us to live at we need to be an overcomer by taking advantage of everything that Jesus did.  God's plan has always been for us to put our faith in His Word and the work of Jesus so that we would live a victorious life!

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