I want to drop a word in your spirit today. That word is OVERCOME.
The Bible says you are an Overcomer.
You, 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 – 1 John 4:4.
When you read the verses before 1 John 4:4, you’ll learn that “them” refers to the spirit of Anti-Christ or anything that is against Christ including thoughts, ideas and circumstances.
The Hebrew word for overcome is yakol which means to have faith in God’s ability. We do not face challenges alone. We have the power of God on our side.
When the Israelites arrived at Canaan, the Promised Land, Moses sent 12 spies to examine the land. For 40 days these men followed Moses’ instructions. When they came back some said, “No way can we handle this! We cannot drive out those inhabitants. They are giants. We can’t do it.” Caleb did not agree. He said, “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it.”
Caleb had faith in God’s ability and God made his entire life a victory. Caleb went into the wilderness with the unbelieving Jews. He wandered in the wilderness with them for 40 years. Forty years later when it was time to conquer Canaan, Caleb said he was just as strong at 80 as he had been 40 years earlier. He took the mountain of Hebron. That mountain is still populated today with Caleb’s descendants.
Yakol also means having the capacity to hold on until the contest is won. God’s promises don’t always come to pass right away. That’s because there is a process taking place in your life. Often that process involves changing your heart.
You are well able to overcome any challenge when you put your trust in the Lord.
You can see this played out in the life of Jacob. He was a deceiver. He stole the birthright and blessing from Esau, his brother. His actions backfired. Esau vowed to kill him. Instead of getting everything he wanted, Jacob’s parents sent him away to protect his life.
On the way to his uncle Laban’s house, Jacob had a vision. In that vision, God spoke a great promise to Jacob. Jacob responded by building an altar, an act of worship and by making a commitment to God.
When Jacob met Laban, he came face-to-face with someone just like him. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his older daughter when Jacob was actually in love with the younger. He changed Jacob’s wages 10 times and tried to physically prevent him from leaving when Jacob wanted to return home.
Jacob saw firsthand what his actions looked like and the effect they had. It changed his attitude. God fulfilled that promise in his life. He became a wealthy man, made peace with his brother and prophesied over each of his children before he died. All because he held on to what God told him twenty years earlier.
Overcome also means assignment in a situation. This definition reminds me of how personal God is. When a situation arises, He wants to speak to us about it, give us specific tasks. Pray. Ask God to show you what is happening. Ask Him to show you how to pray, and He will. He will reveal exactly what is going on in that circumstance.
Remember the words of Caleb: “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it.” You are an Overcomer when you have faith in God’s ability and determine to hold fast until you see the manifestation of the promise.