What The Bible Says About Overcoming
Overcoming. We hear that word often and it seems as if it is generally in the context of overcoming a disease, illness, or physical challenge. There is so much more to overcoming than we can really even comprehend. What about overcoming fear, guilt, rejection, self-hatred, and all the junk that plagues us day in and day out. This article series is designed to show you how to overcome all things and regain authority in our lives.
To provide a biblical viewpoint for overcoming and give you 5 practical ways to overcome.
- Biblical Foundations of Overcoming
- What Is The Kingdom of God
- What Is The Kingdom of Satan
- How To Be An Overcomer
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Biblical Foundations of Overcoming
The definition of the word ‘overcome’ is:
- To defeat someone or something
- To successfully deal with/or gain control of something difficult
- To affect very strongly or severely.
The word overcome is prominent in Revelation Chapters 2 & 3. Jesus encourages His people to stand firm in their beliefs through many trials. Overcoming is the continual process of coming over an obstacle rather than let the obstacle overcome you.
The Greek word most often translated ‘overcome’ in the New Testament comes from the word “nike”, which means ‘to get the victory’ according to the Strong’s concordance (G3528).
To be an overcomer means that we have overcome our enemies. Our enemies are not flesh and blood but principalities and power (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemies are not other humans but the disembodied spirits of Satan’s kingdom, such as Fear, Anger, Unforgiveness, or Self-Hatred that operate through them to get to us.
We must know that life is a battle, not a playground. Our enemy, the devil, is determined to steal, kill, and destroy us (John 10:10). It is up to us to reclaim all that he has taken and enlarge the Kingdom of God. Jesus gave us power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt us! (Luke 10:19)
In Romans 8:37, Paul says that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Paul goes on to say in Romans 8:38-39, that he “is persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
The Apostle Paul’s wrote his second letter to Timothy while Timothy is leading the church in Ephesus under the fierce Emperor Nero. In 2 Timothy 2:3, Paul tells Timothy that one must endure hardship and be a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Paul goes on to say in 2 Timothy 2:4 that no one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
The good news is Jesus! In Revelation 12:11, Jesus says that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. One of the most powerful things we can do is to tell people what God has done for us. What is your testimony? What have you overcome?
8 Benefits of Overcoming
In Revelation, Jesus tells us there are eight benefits reserved for those who overcome:
- We will eat of the tree of life (Revelation 2:7).
- We shall not be hurt in the second death (Revelation 2:11).
- We will eat of the hidden manna and will receive a new name (Revelation 2:17).
- We will have power over nations (Revelation 2:26)
- We will be clothed in white raiment, and our names will not be blotted from the book of life (Revelation 3:5).
- He will make us a pillar in the temple of God (Revelation 3:12).
- We will sit with Jesus in His throne (Revelation 3:21).
- We shall inherit all things (Revelation 21:7).
Who Is An Overcomer?
Overcomers are followers of Christ who resist the power and temptation of the world.
We stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ and are utterly dependent upon the Holy Spirit for instruction to walk out the Christian faith. We must trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways, we must acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
What Is The Kingdom Of God?
The purpose of this kingdom is to train mankind in the law of God and enable us to overcome all the plans of the enemy.
The kingdom of God consists of the three members of the Godhead; God the Father, Jesus, the Word that became flesh, and the Holy Spirit.
The Hebrew word “Echad” is the term used to describe the Godhead in the Old Testament. It means plural unity or unified one. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.”
- 1st Member: God the Father will it.
- 2nd Member: Jesus the Word spoke it
- 3rd Member: Holy Spirit is the power that carries out the will of God the Father, and the spoken word of Jesus.
In the New Testament, there are many references to the roles of the Godhead or the unified One.
In the beginning, was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also: and from hereafter, you know Him and have seen Him.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.
Angels And Heavenly Beings
In addition to the Godhead, there are archangels, heavenly beings, and other classes of angels.
Angels and archangels carry the law of God’s kingdom. There are only 2 Archangels names in the Bible – Gabriel & Michael.
There are four main orders of heavenly beings created by God through Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:16).
There are three heavens referenced in the Bible. In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, Paul writes about the third heaven.
“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
The first heaven is commonly thought to be the earth, where we dwell. Ephesians 2:2 refers to the prince of the power of the air which is Satan. The space above the earth is generally referred to as the second heaven. The 3rd heaven is Paradise or where God dwells. (2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
What Is the Kingdom of Satan?
The purpose of Satan’s kingdom is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) and to train mankind in the law of sin.
It is essential to understand our enemy so that we know who or what we are NOT. We are not sin. We are not anger; however, we can agree with anger to become angry. We are not fear, but we can agree with fear and become fearful. We must know how to recognize these schemes so that we can separate ourselves, the handmade creation of God Almighty, from the body of sin that tries to control us.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Compare Colossians 1:16 with Ephesians 6:12.
Colossians 1:16, Paul says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in the high places.
When rebellion took place in Heaven, the thrones and dominion level of created beings did not join Lucifer. Principalities and powers did join him in rebelling against God.
Principalities in the Greek means ‘archeo’ which is an architect or designer of plans. An example of a principality in the Bible is Bitterness, Fear, Envy, Jealousy, Rejection, and Accusation.
These principalities are disembodied beings that carry out the law of sin designed to stop us from overcoming and being victorious. This invisible kingdom works through spouses, bosses, friends, family, and even ourselves to steal, kill, and destroy relationships with others, ourselves and God (John 10:10).
Where Did Sin Begin?
It is common to believe that sin originated in the Garden of Eden when Eve ate the apple. However, sin entered the world long before the Garden of Eden.
Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you the power to tread on the serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. In this rejoice, not that the spirits are subject to you but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)
Ezekiel 28:13-15 says that Satan was a created being and he was perfect from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him. The original sin occurred when Satan wanted to be like God and wanted to exalt himself above God’s throne.
In Isaiah 14:12-19, we find a description of our enemy, Lucifer. He is known as Satan after his fall. (Read my article about Occultism that goes along with Isaiah 14)
- He’s fallen from heaven.
- He’s cut down to the ground.
- He weakens nations.
- He wants to be like God.
- He says, “I will ascend to heaven”.
- He says, “I will exalt my throne”.
- He says, I will sit upon the congregation”.
- He says, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds”.
- He says, “I will be like the Most High”.
- He shall be brought down to hell.
- People will look at him and say, “Is this the one that made the earth tremble?”
When Satan fell from heaven he took one-third of the angels with him (Revelation 12:3-4). These fallen angels are the disembodied beings in Satan’s kingdom. They are disembodied beings that are awaiting judgment.
When Satan fell from heaven, he took one-third of the angels with him (Revelation 12:3-4). These fallen angels are the disembodied beings in Satan’s kingdom. They are disembodied beings that are awaiting judgment.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved to judgment
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day.
Satan is a fallen angel and has already been judged (John 16:11). Satan and his kingdom are not all-knowing. His kingdom has observed and studied our family lines throughout history. He knows that he can control our bodies through thoughts and generational behaviors.
Satan is not omnipresent (everywhere all the time) nor omnipotent (having all power and authority). He cannot read our minds but he can offer up thoughts for us to believe.
But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:7-8)
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? so also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11)
He that commits sin is of the devil: for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
And the Lord said to Satan, From where have you come? Then Satan answered the Lord and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. (Job 1:7)
As believers in Christ, we have power over Satan. James says that if we submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he will flee (James 4:7). Satan has been defeated, disarmed and spoiled (Colossians 2:15, Revelation 12:7, Mark 3:27) by the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Let’s take back our overcoming power. Satan is the god of this world (Ephesians 2:2) and the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) but Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).
What Is Sin?
Sin is a being. There is a body of sin that wars within us but we are not sin.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that hereafter we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:6) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. (Romans 6:12)
Sin is simply agreeing with something other than the word of God or disobedience of His commands
In Romans 7:15-23, Paul expresses thoughts and feelings that we have all likely felt at one time or another:
- I do not understand my own actions.
- I do not do what I want to do but the very thing I hate.
- It is no longer I who do it but sin that dwells in me.
- I have the desire to do what is right but not the ability to carry it out.
- I don’t do the good that I want but the evil I don’t want to do is what I keep doing.
- I delight in the law of God.
- There is another law in my members that is waging war against my mind.
We are not sin. Satan’s kingdom and his kingdom of disembodied beings influence mankind. They offer up thoughts and we have a choice to agree with them or not. We can agree with the thought that “we are no good and not worth anything” or we can capture that thought, compare it to the word of God and cast it down if it doesn’t line up with what God says about us. (2 Corinthians 10:5).
We have a choice.
Who are you listening to, the Word of God or the world?
Here is an example of Judas agreeing with the thought that Satan put in his heart to betray Jesus.
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him. (John 13:2)
Here are several examples of Satan’s invisible kingdom of disembodied beings operating in mankind:
And if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife who has defiled herself, or if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife, though she has not defiled herself, (Numbers 5:14)
To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3)
And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice. (Luke 4:33-34)
And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. (Luke 13:11)
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought the master much gain by soothsaying. (Acts 16:16)
Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said to him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, you shall entice him and you shall also prevail: go out and do even so. Now therefore, behold the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets and the Lord has spoken evil against you. (2 Chronicles 18:20-22)
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Let’s think about what we are thinking about and identify the source of that thinking. Is it the Word of God or something else? We can line our thinking up with God’s thinking and Satan cannot touch us (1 John 5:18).
Anything contrary to the word of God is from Satan’s kingdom.
5 Ways To Be An Overcomer
- Have a relationship with your Heavenly Father. Spend time with Him daily and find out what He says about you. Psalm 139 is a great starting point to discover just how incredible you are.
- Recognize that you may have some wrong thinking. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you thoughts that you have agreed with that don’t line up with the word of God.
- Once you recognize these thoughts, cast them down (2 Corinthians 10:5) and replace the thoughts with the truth of the Word.
- Renew your mind. Think about what you are thinking about. Cleanse your mind with the washing of the water of the word (Ephesians 5:26).
- Understand that we do have an enemy and he wants to destroy us (John 10:10) however we are more than conquerors and are being trained to reign as Kings and Priests! (Revelation 1:6).
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