3 Ways to Be an Overcomer
Life is hard. Wanna know how to be an overcomer? Keep reading.
Our western idea of hope is not the same as the biblical idea. Today, I could say, “I hope I don’t run out of gas before I reach the gas station.” But the authors of the Bible voiced a different kind of hope. One that would not fail.
Peter wrote about this kind of hope: “[Be Holy] Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 1 Peter 1:13NIV
Peter did not say, “Let’s just hope Jesus comes back and resolves all this mess–let’s just hope for the best.” There’s no joy with this kind of hope. Instead, his premise was, “Place your hope in this promise: Jesus is coming back. So keep the faith; keep working as unto Him; don’t give in to the evil temptation to quit.” And this promise was out of His grace. Grace is total good for us who don’t deserve it.
This kind of hope inspires me. It motivates me to overcome. Knowing that my Savior is coming for me in all His grace and glory gives me the strength to keep going, keep serving, and keep pursuing holiness.
Here are 3 ways to be an overcomer:
1. Jesus is coming with my reward. 1 Cor. 3:10-15 tells us that Christ will reward us according to our faithfulness now. It’s not salvation we earn, but we do earn rewards for living a life of holiness. A life full of real, biblical hope. So Jesus gives me a holy motivation to overcome.
2. Jesus gives me grace now. We have a 9-year-old daughter battling a rare cancer. Oh, how I pray God will take the cancer away. He could. But He hasn’t, yet. What He has done, though, is shower us with His grace to endure. And this is enough grace to thrive, not just survive. Jesus promises to give us grace to overcome.
3. Jesus gives me a sound mind. Paul told this to Timothy in 2 Tim. 1:7,”For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Self-discipline comes from a sound mind. We often become what we think about the most. If I think to myself that everything is bad, then I’ll be easily overtaken by fear. This is not from the Spirit of God. What He gives is a sound mind that thinks on truth. Jesus, Who is Truth, sets us free from fear, torment, and misery. Thinking on truth enables us to overcome.
Motivation. Grace. Truth. As those who are trusting Jesus as our Savior, we can persevere to the end. We can overcome. We can keep going, and we can and must inspire other believers to follow.
This is how we overcome. This is how we roll.