To be an overcomer however is a whole different story. This means to conquer, to get the better of a struggle or conflict and gain the victory—win! Paul references this in his letter to the Corinthians. “Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away” (1 Corinthians 9:25).
James 1:12--A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
1 John 4:4--You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Do we realize that when our priority is to serve God, when He has our heart and aspiration, that our endurance in life is blessed? We receive an eternalcrown—life! Overcomers triumph over: the world, death, disease, conflict, Satan, sin and every adversary known to humans. Our goal should not rest on overachieving but rather on overcoming. Victory is not attained by self-reliance but rather Christ-reliance. “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
So, follower of Jesus. Hold your head up high. Thank the Lord for the life He has given you. Praise Him that you are an overcomer. Yes, no matter what you are going through now, you will win. Keep your eyes on the Savior and commit to following after Him. That crown awaits you and what a joy it will be to kneel before the Lord and receive His blessing. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
May God strengthen us to a belief that there is certain victory prepared for us, and that the blessing will be what the heart of man has not conceived! God will do this for those who love Him.—Andrew Murray in The Prayer Life
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)