So here we are a few days into another year! What will this year hold? What new issues will I struggle through? What new joys will I experience? What great adventures will God lead me through? What old baggage will follow me? Will this be just another year or one where the sounds and sights of victory and triumph are experienced?
There are many promises God has given us in His Word (the Bible) that assure we can overcome:
1 John 5:4-5 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
We can overcome, no matter what goes on in life; the economy, a divorce, health issues, issues with friends or family, even mistakes we have made, even deep sins we have committed.
Romans 12:21 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 John 4:4 4You, 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.
And as Jesus Himself has said…
John 16:33 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.”
As well God has said…
Proverbs 3:5-8 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Jesus put it this way..
Matthew 6:33 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Now, we could go into how to “seek first” and how to “acknowledge Him” and you should. Reread these verses and ask God to help you know how. (We will be talking about how to ‘overcome’ this Sunday so I encourage you to do your best to make it to church or at least listen on line.)
But what I want to bring up is an attitude and accompanying actions that can make this year more of a triumph then just another year. It’s an attitude I saw in a homeless man who chose not to give up. He has been talked about all over the internet. A video about him went viral (and I will be talking about him a little on Sunday). He was a guy who was overcome by drugs and alcohol and found himself homeless, but he found the Lord and Lord helped him get back on his feet.
Now, there are a lot of people who find the Lord and yet never change their attitude or actions to seek any change. They never put out the effort, they rarely try…some would even call them lazy. Change takes effort, sometimes more sweat than we expected. Change takes discipline, but the truth is:
Hebrews 12:11 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, It produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
I know I want to see this year as a great victory for God not only in my personal life, but for our wonderful church as well.
So let me encourage you to make some goals, some resolutions, some promises to God and extend the discipline; discipline to overcome and see victory in prayer life, church attendance, relationships, marriage, work, health, education, generosity, kindness, being helpful, not being so needy. What area of your life is God challenging you to make more of a triumph?