Copyright March 2016
Have you ever thought of how people in Heaven see you and how God sees you in situations? A few years ago, I felt God challenging me with this question as I found myself in the middle of great loss and feeling weaker than I had ever felt in my life.
Jesus overcame the grave and conquered death. He rose above His circumstances. The definition of overcoming is to get the better of, to get the victory over. I felt God say, “Kathleen, I see you as an overcomer. You have My power within you to overcome the heartache you feel. You have a God-given right to get the better of this situation and make a profit from it.” I had to admit that was not exactly how I saw my situation and asked God to change my thinking to see myself as an overcomer. I knew that only God can heal my heart, and I also knew I had choices.
John says, “In the world, you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”(NIV) The word for tribulation here is translated as pressure. Yes, this world brings plenty of pressure. Jesus says we will have trouble in this world, but not to stress about it because His power in us will help us to make a profit from any trouble. God is too good to let us encounter problems without providing the provision for us. What I have discovered is life is more about finding the provision in tribulation instead of fixing the problem.
I John 4:4 says, “You dear children are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Nothing is greater than the power of God in us to overcome any situation. You and I never have to settle for defeat. The power to overcome is more powerful than any force that comes against us. Now, that is good news.
Jesus gave His all to His disciples and those around him. He loved when I’m sure He did not want to, but did out of obedience to God. Then, some of them turned against him, complained, betrayed and helped crucify Him. He overcame the grave, He is an overcomer, and we are made in His image; therefore, overcoming power resides in us. Overcoming is God’s Easter gift to us and part of the new life He gives to us.
Sometimes, our overcoming looks different and takes longer than we might think. Making a profit from a difficult situation is sometimes seen as growth in our character. Who are we and how do we show up when the cards are stacked against us? Other times, overcoming and healing can take a long while. Recently, I had someone come to me that, years ago, there had been a rift in our relationship and, at that time, I felt misunderstood. I continued to love and trusted God for healing. This person began to share a personal experience they had encountered that opened their eyes. They now saw things differently from how they saw it years ago and stated they admired my character and how I walked through the situation. The words were healing to my soul, and my heart smiled at God’s goodness, healing and overcoming power. Overcoming took much longer than I liked, but it finally came.
This Easter season is your new beginning to begin to enjoy and walk in the overcoming power Jesus provides. Begin today by asking Jesus to come into your heart and ask Him to open your eyes to the overcoming power that is in you. If you know Christ, I challenge you to daily ask God to show you situations through His eyes and wear your overcoming clothes. You are not a victim, you are an overcomer. We have an awesome opportunity to grow in our walk with Him and our character. He overcame His adversity, so you and I can overcome things that come against us.