Are You An Overcomer?
Wednesday, March, 30, 2016 | 3:42 PM | by Pastor Rick
What Does an Overcomer Look Like?
The Greek word nikaoin means to conquer, it means to win, it means to defeat, it means to gain victory. It is where we get the modern word Nike from.
Paul says in,Romans 8:37 "We're not just overcomers, we're not just nike, we are huper nike, and he compounds the word and adds huper which would be in English saying, "We're super-conquerors. We are the ultimate conquerors."
We have through faith in Christ entered the condition of being unconquerable. We are super conquerors. We are, to put it another way, invincible, unconquerable. So much that, "Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, or any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Listen! There is nothing that can conquer us, not tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword. We are super-conquerors. We are the unconquerable. We are the overcomers.
What does an overcomer look like? 1 John 5:4 says in verse 4, "Whatever is born of God overcomes the world, is continually overcoming the world."
It is habitual, it is permanent, it is ongoing. We are permanently triumphant, permanently the conquerors. We can never lose. The victory can never be taken from us.
We may fail along the way. We may lose some battles but the great war has been won, the victory is ours. That is a settled fact forever, never to be altered. "We have been forever delivered," Colossians 1:13 says, "from the domain of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God's beloved Son."
We're no longer of the world, though we are still in it. We do not love the world. The truest and purest part of us drives us toward God and toward the Kingdom of God and the love of God and the love of His Word and obedience.
Philippians 3:20 puts it this way. "Our citizenship is in heaven." That's where our hearts are. That's where our Father is. That's where our Savior is. That's where our name is written. That's where our room is being prepared. That's where we're headed.
We struggle though in the world. Paul struggled in Romans 7 against the power of his fallen flesh. He struggled under terrible persecution by the world, beaten, shipwrecked, stoned, whipped, assaulted, attacked, despised, hated, jailed, put in stocks, finally executed. But none of that took away his victory because the worst that you could ever do to a believer would be to kill a believer and to do that is to usher them into the full honors of their eternal triumph.
Wow! It's really an amazing thing. The worst you could ever do to us is the best. If they take our lives, they free us from the debilitating flesh which clings to us. They can never take our salvation. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ. Nothing can ever break our faith. Nothing can ever cause a believer to stop believing. And even if they kill us, all they've done is freed us up to enter the glorious realities of spiritual perfection in the presence of Christ.
And so, we are overcomers. We are victors. We are conquerors, by definition. And that's why, in a sense, Satan, the world, illness and even death itself are somehow not a threat to us
You can't find yourself too overwhelmed by them, too distressed by them, too overcome with anxiety and concern. They are temporary enemies, temporary annoyances. But the victory is won and someday we'll enter in to our eternal life and we will be given an inheritance that will never spoil, fade or perish.
Listen up! I can't think of anything more wonderful for believers than living our entire lives knowing that Satan can never defeat us, the world can never defeat us, sin can never defeat us, and death can never defeat us, right?
We are invincible, not in ourselves, but in Christ. Our victory has been paid for in Christ. The penalty of sin has been paid in full. We have been granted eternal life. We have been given a permanent faith and trust. We have had planted in our hearts an affection for the things of God, a new nature which longs for those things that are holy and righteous and good and just. We are a new creation. Nothing will ever change that. We have been born again. We cannot be unborn.
We possess the life of God. We don't love the world because truth teacher has taken up residence in our life, the Holy Spirit. We are invincible. We are overcomers!! Yes! Yes! Yes!