Are you an overcomer?
Today I’d like to share my thoughts from a recent discussion with a group of ladies whom I’ve grown to love. The women of “Destiny’s Woman” have been engaged in a six-month study designed to become empowered and enriched and I consider myself fortunate to have been asked to participate.
The sunglasses represent our belief that our futures are so bright that it will hurt our eyes!
You’ve probably heard the term “overcomer” but how does it relate to you? Would you consider yourself an overcomer?
From a biblical perspective, overcomers are believers who remain steadfast through trials. They are followers who successfully resist temptation and endures through tests. Overcomers hold on to the scripture which says that “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
You will note that there are certain factors which must be present in the lives of overcomers: trials, temptations, and tests. Don’t consider yourself “picked on” when you are faced with difficult situations- it’s all a part of the growth process. Without the obstacles you would never be empowered to overcome.
Here are a few tips for overcomers.
(1) DECIDE TO OVERCOME. Decide that you’re going to stand still and not run away from the pressure. Decide that you have options, and decide that you have help.
(2) LIMIT YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS TO OTHER OVERCOMERS. Your intimate circle should include people who have attained what you desire to accomplish, or who are travelling in the same direction as you, or who believes as you believe. In other words, if you are working toward home ownership, you can’t hang with people who think that buying a home is a waste of money.
(3) WATCH OUT FOR DREAM ROBBERS AND HATERS. Dream robbers are not malicious, they simply believe that your dream is not good for you, or that the dream is impossible. These are well-meaning friends who have your best interest at heart, but they don’t see the vision that you’ve been given. Haters, on the other hand, are jealous and envious. Haters don’t want you to reach your goals and would do their best to hinder you.
Overcomers walk in victory. Be mindful that walking requires movement; if you are stationary, you are not walking. When babies start walking, they are unsure, they may fall several times, and they might require encouragement and assistance. This is normal in the beginning, but as parents, we don’t expect our children to remain, indefinitely, in this stage. Growth is expected (and even more so, required)! 2 Peter 3:18 teaches that we should grow in grace.
Periodically, I suggest that you check your barometer to determine if you’ve grown. You should no longer be easily angered, hurt or frustrated. Things that previously got under your skin, should not bother you now. Remember that as an overcomer, you’re a big girl now. Put away your Barbie; this is war.
1 John 4:4 – Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.