Focus: Finding the strength to be an overcomer
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Even if you have the faith to believe you can be an overcomer, there will be times when you will face the temptation to reconsider the decision you made to recover from destructive habits and follow God’s ways.
God stands by you, with all of the power you need to succeed—but God likes to have you ask Him for help. He wants to hear you say you need Him. He knows you do—but He wants you to reach out for Him—and He wants you to live in a perpetual state of need—for Him. He wants you to be strong in your faith. Not strong in the sense that you know you are capable of doing anything—but strong in the sense that you know HE is capable of doing anything—and that with your hand in His, you can make it through this.
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So, we’ve established that: 1) you need to have faith in order to please God, 2) you must stay in a place of perpetual need of His strength and power, 3) you must spend time diligently seeking God, in order to be granted His ongoing blessing. Sounds simple enough, right? Just three easy steps to being an overcomer. But, how can you have the faith you need in order to please God?
It may be impossible to please God without faith, but God didn’t make it impossible to obtain more faith. Anyone who doesn’t think they have enough faith to stay on the right track doesn’t have to worry, if they truly have the desire for more faith.
The way to get more faith, is to feed on scripture. That’s right, consume the Word of God to strengthen your spirit, just as you would consume physical food to strengthen your body. Jeremiah 15:16 says,”Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your Name, O Lord God of hosts.” According to that verse, consuming the Word of God will also bring you joy and the ability to rejoice.
Now, some people might say, “But, I don’t know if I’m ‘called’ by His Name.” Well, take this comparison to heart. When a person parents a child, the child is normally given the parent’s last name. So, the child is called by the name of the parent. If you believe in Jesus Christ—you are a Christian. In other words, you are called by Christ’s Name. You became His own when you chose to follow His ways.
Some people occasionally wonder whether God really loves them. If they would just bother to read His Word, they wouldn’t have any doubt how much He cares for them. It’s repeated over and over throughout the Bible how very much God loves and cares for those who have chosen to follow in His ways and be known as His own.
Some people might wonder why they don’t have the power to resist temptation or believe that God can give them a miracle—yet, they don’t find the time to read His Word and allow it to remind them of His power and might.
When we ignore taking time for Spiritual hygiene on a regular basis—making the effort to ask God for forgiveness when we fail—our attitude starts to stink. There are basic things we need to do to keep our spirit clean and healthy—in the same way we need to consistently pay attention to the cleanliness of our physical body.
Here are five verses to ‘feed on’, from Philippians 4:4-8:
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
In closing, Isaiah 65:24 says, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”
Declaration: I will find new strength to be an overcomer by cultivating faith through consuming the Word of God, staying in a perpetual place of need for Him, and spending time seeking God.
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