Posts Tagged ‘overcoming’

Ps 28: 7 The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

I recently wondered why certain temptation would always seem to dog me when others were simply ignored.  I came to realise that they were there so I could overcome it.  The Battle is not to defeat us but train us to be stronger.  It is only as we train that we become skilled.  By being skilled come to an even greater realisation of the graciousness of our Lord. 

Rom 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

We can know this verse by heart and never fully understand the fullness of what it means.  In many ways we never stop learning and there is always a deeper depth in which God wants us to know.

Rom 7: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Even the great apostle cried out who will save me from this body of death and the new nature that battles with the realities of sin in our flesh.   We are never told what Paul battled with and many ways it does not matter.   What matter was that he came to the right answer in the end?  In such trials we are prone to try and buckle up.  Try harder and pull ourselves up with our own shoe laces.  Otherwise by our own strengths and usually we fail.   The secret is the victory is not ours but Christ.  In that we learn to trust him more.  He is the resource that we don’t have within ourselves.  In the Battle we come to realise God is our strength and our security. 

Satan’s trick is to provoke us into trusting in our own resources.  To try and defend ourselves using our own wisdom and strength, knowing full well that this is most often a recipe for disaster.  He stands on the side lines and whispers with much laughter come on try harder.  until finally we fall and crash exhausted and broken.  But in that brokeness comes that quiet assurance my strength is in the lord. 

Rom 7: 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin

Victory came when in his own strength he surrendered and began to trust in the one who alone had the strength to cry out it is finished.

Rom 8: 1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We can read these verses a hundred times and still not come to the realisation of the victory.  It is not until in the midst of the storms and the crashing waves we finally  throw up our arms in defeat and cry out LORD SAVE US , then the true realisation comes.  Then comes the realisation that our resources may be sparse but his is infinite.     We are weak but he is always strong.

2 tim 1: 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day

I hope like Paul we become fully persuaded that we can trust ourselves fully to his cause.  To be able to fully shout with great joy that our victory was in trusting not in ourselves but to draw upon Gods infinite resource.    He is our shield that will quench every poisonous dark .  His word is the sword we use.  All we have need he has provided.  In the end our calling is to be overcomers.

The Battle is the Lords

1 cor 10: 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I [say], that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

Paul says that an Idol is nothing, but often behind the idol are spirits that promote it.  These spirits go out to deceive minds and hearts to bow down before such images.  Having debated with many I am persuaded that at times we are actually talking to minds that have been ensnared by demons, and in some cases we may even be speaking to the demons .  These poor people are held captive until they are loosened.  As long as these minds are held captive debating with such people becomes nothing more than an exercise in frustration and exhaustion.

We must grasp the reality that the battle must first be won on the spiritual plain long before we engage in a VERBAL DEBATE. 

That’s why we see such anger and rage in many religious cults.  Demons don’t mind people arguing and striving, working for their salvation.  Because they know it will fail.  How often have you answered a questioned only to find the same questioned being asked coupled with the argument to show them scripture that proves your point?  The very fact that you have probably spent almost twenty minutes posting such scriptures seems to go unnoticed.  The reality may be that they have not just read them, but they are unable to grasp them.  The Battle is truly a spiritual one.  Those who worship at such altars are held captive by the god of this age.

2 Cor 4: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Eph 6: 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

There can be no greater reality than the fact that we are living in enemy territory, and we are called to overcome all resistance to the knowledge of Christ.  Now I am not talking about running up and down the street with communion bread or staking out a given territory, with the sole belief that we can expunge a local demon from a given area.

What I am talking about the personal overcoming of all resistance starting with us.  We need to grasp the reality that there are forces that do pose a threat and if not to us most certainly to those who stand outside of the grace of God.  Who would do their best with subtle temptations and skill to avert our gaze from the one who is glorious in holiness?   These spiritual forces cannot harm or injure us, but they pose enough a nuisance to remind us that we may be in this world, but we are certainly not of this world.  We overcome because we stand in the strength of another who overcame and was victorious.  Our greatest need is for spiritual eyes to discern and see through the masquerade and subtle deceptions which such spirits orchestrate

2 cor 2: 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices

Paul the apostle was a man skilled and knew of the devices that such spirits used.  Sadly for many we can find ourselves at such a disadvantage.  It is only in the midst of such conflict do we begin to grasp such realities.  Whilst we can say that we know how the book ends and we win.  The road that leads to the end of the page is one that is minded with conflicts and resolve.   In time we do indeed begin to see through the cloak of darkness and the many deceptions which are fostered by evil spirits.   As we begin to see through the cloak of deceptions their hold will be broken.  The darkness expelled by the light of the truth.   

Whether we like it or not we are very much in boot camp, being trained to take a higher resolve than we see in this life.

1 John 5: 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.

It is that faith that is grounded and settled in Christ Jesus.  A resolve that refuses to question the integrity and love he has for us.  The willingness that says we are prepared to trust.  We don’t see the full picture which his canvas is painting; we may only see an edge; a glimmer of colour here and there.  What we are persuaded of is that the fullness is both glorious and truly mind-blowing, a portrait truly spectacular in all its radiance.  Men whose lives were alienated from God are now being changed into the likeness of his son.  In this no works can perform, no rituals keep, no struggle achieve.  But an inward change that slowly and gloriously transforms us by the inner working of his Spirit.  For the one who established the foundations of the earth is truly working in us to establish the foundation of the sons of God.

One Moslem posted this comment

BIBLICAL KRYPTONITE?? “And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitant s of the mountain; but COULD NOT drive out the inhabitants of the valley, BECAUSE THEY HAD CHARIOTS OF “IRON”.” (Judges 1:19)

BIBLICAL KRYPTONITE?? ”   says Mikaeel Do you think so?  I don’t.

Judges 1: 18-19 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof. And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out [the inhabitants of] the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

This Moslem seems to think that Gods failure here was a weakness, when in fact it was strength.  The god of Islam wants slaves and slaves that are prepared to kill and be killed.  Therefore there seems to be little concern over the death of his slaves.  However the true God of the Bible has a more caring attitude.  One of which he does not send his people into to be mowed down just for the fun of it.  Flesh and bone does not match well against a chariot.  Whilst Israeli armour was limited, their troop’s poorly trained, they were able to take on armies far better equipped and far better trained and destroy them.

However those same Chariots that appeared to be so phenomenal were also rendered useless against the mountainous regions of Israel.  So those nations who had them could not use them either against Israeli forces.  In the process of time as Israel grew those chariots were taken.

The issue was not God’s lack of power but Israeli faith to take those Chariots.  So it is with every believer.  We all have our chariots to overcome, and problems that seem insurmountable.  God is far more patient than we are.  Sometimes it just takes time to overcome.  Sometimes our faith needs to grow before we can tackle our problems

Yet in the process of time those giants that face us will be overcome.  This will not be the first time, nor the last time will Israel face a giant.  Sometimes it took a lad with a sling to show others that insurmountable problems are not so big after all.