The word, “overcome” is typically used in one of two ways:
- Overcome: something that defeated us
- Overcome: something we defeated
Something that overcomes is a force that subdues and conquers us. To be an overcomer is to subdue and conquer that force. Either we overcome something or it overcomes us.
- Over eating
Those are only a few of the many forces that battle with us and that we battle against. If we win then we have overcome. But if we lose …?
Overcoming can look different for everyone. I know two men who were heavy smokers and decided to kick the habit. One of them threw his cigarets into the trash and never smoked again. The other threw his pack into the trash but later dug them out. He struggled for years. He quit over and over. Was he an overcomer?
A Few Verses
The apostle John frequently used the word overcome, some examples:
I John 2;13, “…and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
I John 4:4, “You… have overcome, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
For the next few weeks my blog will address the topic of overcoming. I intend to post Monday and Wednesday mornings. Each blog will be purposed to help you overcome the forces fighting against you. I will use scripture, practical suggestions and encouragement.