Overwhelmed or Overcomer

"To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." Revelation 3:21

In Christ we are overcomers! Actually the Word says in Romans 8:37: 

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him which loved us."

If we are already more than a conqueror; Then why don't we live like one?

Our attitude or perspective in life will ultimately make or break us. Many times it will even influence how long a trial will last in our lives. We don't live in a make believe world where nothing is hard and nothing goes wrong. We live in a real world with real challenges, pressures and problems. Christians often get disillusioned when a crisis comes their way because they think, “Why did God let this happen?”

The first thing I share with them is that bad never comes from God. The Bible says,

"It is the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy; but I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10

The first step to being an overcomer is to understand who our enemy is:

Satan. We also need to realize that God is for us and all about answers, deliverance, help, blessing and abundance. We have to stop blaming Him for the bad stuff! The Bible also says that,

"Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights in whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning." James 1:17. 

We need to get the right perspective! When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, "He's so big we can never kill him." David looked at the same giant and thought, "He's so big I can't miss!"

It's just like the old adage that the glass is "half full" or "half empty". Those who see a glass half empty tend to view things from a negative perspective rather than a positive one. Negative thinkers lock arms with their buddies; doubt and unbelief! They hang out together all the time. This group of folks rarely find themselves on the victory side because of their perspective. If they get there at all, they won’t stay long. Their mouth will always pull them backwards.

It's all about perspective. Are we approaching our life from a perspective of faith or of doubt, negativity, and fear? If our perspective is through the filter of God's word, then we will walk in victory as an overcomer!

We may think to ourselves," I am a born again believer. I am a faith person, or at least I started out that way."

See, what we believe shows up in what we say. What we believe is confirmed by what we do. The proof is surely in the pudding! Are we speaking what the word says or the problem and how big it is? Are we trusting in God each moment, every day for each breath; for every victory? Or do we feel like the Israelite soldiers who said this giant is just too big for us to overcome? They saw the reality and circumstance and chose to let it overwhelm them. 

Our perspective can make the difference whether we are overwhelmed or overcoming.

Definition of overwhelmed: To submerge, to overcome by superior forces or number, to cover up or to crush.

Many reading this devotional today may feel overwhelmed by the economy, gas prices, or even their electric bill. Some may feel overwhelmed by problems in their marriage, raising their kids, or any number of numerous pressures that this world can bring. The challenges start looking so enormous that it is easy to be overcome, crushed or submerged beneath them. But, remember our first scripture, "To him that overcomes..."

We overcome when we are in Christ! We overcome when we take Him at His word and trust in Him. We overcome when we throw our heads back and hold our shoulders up high and say "Greater is he that is in me than He that is in the world!" It wouldn't hurt one bit for you to say this out loud to yourself right now: "The greater one lives in me therefore I cannot fail or be overwhelmed to the point of destruction because I am an overcomer in Christ Jesus my Lord!

The word of God says,

"The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17

We have to get into the word until the word gets into us!

"Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17

It's so important to get the word in our heart and on our lips. Speak it out! Shout it out! Sing it out! I love singing out the word! God gave it to me and then I sing it back to Him. Yep, right out loud.  You'll sense faith rise up in your heart and the Presence of God sweetly fill the room wrapping you up like a blanket. Then faith drops in your heart to realize you're in His presence and in His Presence is every answer and fullness of joy. It's wonderful to know that God always has your back and you're never alone. You are never without help. You and I have divine supernatural help no matter what we face. Speaking, singing, and shouting the word is vital to the overcomer.

Revelation 12:11 "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony."

Jim Cymbala, the author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, has said, "The cross, as poignant as it is, is understandable from a human perspective: an innocent man was murdered by crooked politicians and religious leaders. But an empty tomb- what can you say? Only a supernatural God could accomplish that."

It's not enough to see through a human perspective. Actually, anyone can do that, born again or not. How do we become overcomers? Through our perspective of faith! Through trusting a supernatural God to accomplish what is impossible with man!

Jesus is our Savior, our Rock, our fortress, our healer, our provider and our deliverer! When we begin to feel overwhelmed, run into His presence. Run and dive into the river of His word that washes us clean and establishes our faith. Worship, sing and shout! Some of you may even do a little dance before the LORD! You will not be overwhelmed, but you will overcome because of your perspective of faith!

"Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:1-2

-Kim Connor