‘Overcoming’ in the Bible

I have discovered that one of the primary messages of the Bible is God’s triumph over evil; one can realize that ever since the fall of man, God has been in a mission to redeem the fallen word. If this is true – and it is – we should develop an interest and a desire to know how this theme has been developed in the Bible, and how it should influence the way in which we deal with the forces of evil and temptations that are present in our world…

Every person who believes in Christ needs to come to the realization of the fact that they have a responsibility to overcome evil with good – if they are to remain loyal to the kingdom that has purchased their salvation; everyone who is yet to come to Christ for salvation needs to realize how dangerous and self-defeating it is to lead life in the absence of Christ – and immediately surrender their life to Christ for salvation.

There are many passages of scripture (in the Bible) that will help us appreciate the concept of ‘overcoming’ and ‘victory’. Today we will only highlight a few: We begin by observing that Jesus Christ was manifested to destroy the works of Satan, according to 1John 3:8. It is Christ’s mission to take way the sin of the world – this he did through his atoning act of dying on the cross and resurrection. As a consequence, everyone who believes in Him accesses salvation. Now, the victory of the believer does not stop there…

The apostles of Christ have written in different parts of the Scripture exhorting believers to continual victory. Paul, for example, instructs the Romans not to be overcome by evil, but to “OVERCOME evil with good” (Romans 12:21). John the Apostle writes to young men who he describes as having “overcome the evil one” and having been “strong” with “the word of God abiding in them” (1John 2:13, 14). He further instructs them regarding overcoming “everything that is in the world – the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the boasting of life; the world; the world is passing away along with its desires but the one who does the will of God abides forever” (1John 2:15-18). The anointing of the Holy One is expected to cause them to triumph over the world and lead lives of purity. In 1John 5:4-5, we observe that everyone born of God overcomes the world, and the victory that overcomes the world is “our faith.”

 It is clear, therefore, that the believer is expected to be defined by victory – overcoming the world. I don’t know whether that’s where you are in life. You may be going through defeat and satanic control; I am challenging you today with the news that Jesus Christ has a solution for our defeat and we can access this solution – Himself. We can overcome through Christ. Believe in Him and talk to Him today in prayer about the victory that you need.

Shalom!

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