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Spiritual Tuneup: “Stepping into Joy”

Psalm 16 (Coming off of Sunday’s exhortation on Joy)

1 Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

To make our move into joy, we need to settle our peace within. This begins with developing our trust with God, which involves release of cares and control. Nothing combats a spirit of fear like a child of God who releases control to his Father in heaven.

Where do you need to release more into the control of God so you can step into joy?

2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”

Are you allowing the pressure of life to come back on your shoulders, where the results of life are dependent on your own goodness that you can muster up? 

3 As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

Ask God to give you a revelation of who you are as His excellent (noble, mighty, valiant) creation! 

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
Nor take up their names on my lips.
5 O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.

What other gods tempt you to draw on them as your source? What area of breakthrough in your life do you want to release as your spiritual inheritance to next generation? What is your source (cup) that fills your need for love, acceptance, peace and joy?           

7 I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.

Make His Word your counsel above all. And as you rest your head to bed at night, give your affections over to Father God, so that you can be filled and instructed in the nights seasons. 

8 I have set the LORD always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Setting the Lord before you at your right hand involves following Christ’s hand as He leads you. But we must be willing to step out and be led. He will not drag us or force us.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.

When it comes to joy, where do you need to step out a be a doer of the Word, instead of waiting for God or someone else to do it for you?

10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

He will never leave us hanging and He always has our backs. So much for fear of abandonment! 

11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

We can know the depth of His presence by experiencing a fullness of joy. This must be cultivated by an ongoing awareness of God’s presence throughout the day. Joy comes when we dwell in His presence continually, not just in a time of prayer. As we do this, there must come a step of obedience to walk into a take joy.

Most have been deeply trained in thought to live outside of joy and to even feel it is immature or careless to experience joy. It is time we agree to be trained in joy unspeakable and full of glory! (1 Peter 1:8)

Where does joy need to be radically activated in your life?  Let us stop talking about it. Step into it! 

Getting to the Root of Our Anger and Hurt

(Note: this comes out of a series of teaching on idolatry given at Healing and Freedom teaching meetings. )

Idolatry is a significant battle for all human beings, especially because we were intentionally designed to be extravagant worshippers. The problem is not whether or not we will worship – we do that by default. The issue is “What will we set our affection, attention and devotion to in our daily walk to receive healing, peace and joy?” Idolatry is a systematic tool the enemy uses to distract our heart’s affection from the Living God, keeping us from receiving the fullness of His nature in us. Idolatry takes a person, situation, habit or pleasure and makes it a counterfeit source for our refuge. It takes things that are not evil in themselves and makes them a hindering source–keeping our hearts from being changed fully. We end up with a crutch.

In our brokeness, humanity is vulnerable to idols in the heart, because we desperately long to feel well and at peace from the wounds of life. Yet idols keep us from truly being healed – they become band aids that give temporary senses of relief, yet the toxic lies and broken areas of our hearts remain. The assignment of idols is to keep us from the fullness of the Creator, with His love and goodness by settling for a cheap imitation.

In order to be healed from key areas of hurt, we will often have to deal with key strongholds that idols seek to keep intack. The strongholds are often protected by anger. Anger becomes a defense mechanism. We are not really angry about the situation at hand–there is an unresolved issue underneath driving this rage.

Scriptural Reminders Regarding Anger:

1. Anger is connected to a root of bitterness, which involves defilement. Bitterness has a set of branches that feed off of it. (Read Hebrews 12:15, Ephesians 4:31)

  • Bitterness includes: offense, unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger/wrath/rage, hatred, violence, murder, strife
2. Anger is not always sin. I rarely hear this taught, but anger can actually be a place where divine passion is fueled. Many of the great men and women of God in history stepped up because of a holy discontent that burned within them over something. Anger pressed pressed Jesus to flip the tables, yet he did not sin, especially because He was under self control.
The Bible says, “BE angry and do not sin,do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” (Read Ephesians 4:26-17) When anger starts. it doesn’t have to be sin. The Bible tells us to go ahead and be angry, but you have until you go to bed to make it right. If this is properly practiced, we cultivate healthy relationships, we possess powerful sleep and we can walk in health. If we continually let our anger battles stew within us before going to sleep, we have an evil spirit at work to torment us further the next day. We don’t like to hear it, but toxic bitterness gives the devil room in our lives to defile.
3. Anger, rage and wrath are key spiritually rooted issues that produce disease of the body. Unresolved anger and hostility, either expressed or repressed are dangerous to human beings in the long term. They are key root causes to heart disease and cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and angina. Through the mind and body connection, the body responds to unresolved anger through toxicity, inflammation and break down of key body system functions. Most people don’t realize how truly angry they are, but we must come to terms with getting healed in our hurt–our bodies depend on it.

4. Anger is usually protecting an idol of thought that surrounds a past unresolved hurt. When we express anger, we are usually not angry abou the situation itself, we are angry about a past hurt that has stayed with us. For instance, a person may get angry when he feels that people are ignoring him. He is not so much angry at the present situation, he is angry about a past hurt of being ignored–probably as a child. The idol that rises up is, “You HAVE to listen to me and you cannot ignore me, in order for me to feel loved.” That is an idol, because true healing involves knowing that Father God as your source, will never ignore you or leave you. This opens us up for healing. If we don’t recognize these deep roots, we will fall into the same patterns of anger–and carry a sense of self-hatred because of our frustrated attempts to stop.
Addressing the Root System of Anger:
1. Write down what makes you angry. (Ask God to help you to put down the key ones on paper.)
2. What is the idol that the anger is protecting?
Example: I get angry when people let me down. Idol = people cannot let me down.
Example: I get angry when people talk about a weakness in me. Idol = I cannot be vulnerable or show weakness.
Example: I get angry when people criticize my work. Idol = I cannot make mistakes or have room for failure.
3. Where is the doorpoint of this anger?
Usually this goes back to an unresolved childhood issue with dad and mom. This is not a blame time, nor is it a time to try and drudge up every memory of the past. But it is healthy to identify where this anger started. It usually doesn’t take long to find it.
4. Repent for Bitterness and all its branches. 
5. Repent for the idol. Recognize some of the key strongholds that keep you angry. Let God fill those places with His love, acceptance, presence and healing power.
6. Forgive specifically. 
Take a moment to forgive, but don’t forgive in general. That usually does not produce strong fruit. There is a big difference between saying, “I forgive you dad” and “I forgive you dad for being an alcoholic and making me feel afraid of you when I was around you. I forgive you for yelling at me and wounding me.” Forgiving specifically now engages the heart in forgiveness. This is what truly pushes the enemy back and allows God to have more room in our hearts to bring transformation.
(This is an outline from a teaching available at Turning Hearts Ministries on CD or mp3 that can be ordered through the ministry web site. The teaching is called, “Getting to the Root of Our Anger and Hurt 05.15.2011)”

Overcomers Have No “Plan B” – Part 2 – Blocks to Plan A Focus

Plan B’s are often for those who want to maintain control, those who fear that plan A will not work out. It is man’s way of feeling safe. Yet God often works a process to remove the options, so that we become single-hearted in our pursuits. There are blocks to Plan A living – keeping us from having a single minded hope and focus in our direction. The enemy knows that the more he can keep us distracted and unstable, the less we are a threat. It takes daily discernment to be aware of the hinderances. These blocks not only hinder Plan A living, they also weed out the non-overcomers and keep them from finishing well.

1. Unbelief: Unbelief is the bedrock of satan’s strategies, because his desire is to undermine God’s way of thinking, which involves faith. Faith involves believing in a yet unseen hope. Belief propels us into action towards what God has said.  True biblical blief always involves obedience–saying “yes” to God’s way of thinking and then manifesting it in our daily life. God’s Kingdom moves based on whether we believe or do not. Unbelief destroyed Israel’s ability to enter into promise and it will hinder God’s people from moving into what God would have for us.

Challenges and battles force us to evaluate the true belief of our heart. In fact, most battles and hardships form our inward realm of belief. Disappointments, loss and tragedy can allow unbelief to creep in subtly. The focus of unbelief is on what “It seems like God has NOT done.” In this temptation, we can be drawn and lured into a passive place where expectation and hope becomes diminished.

Overcomer Action Step: Stir up daily thanksgiving and gratitude. Thanksgiving focuses on what God has done, is doing and is going to do. This creates an atmosphere of praise where God’s thoughts are given more room to breathe in our hearts.

2. Lukewarmness: Our generation is often paralleled to the church of Laodicea, who was labeled by Jesus as a lukewarm church. Lukewarmness speaks of spiritual neutrality, complacency, passivity and a lack of focus and passion. They were a church that was “rich and had need of nothing” which is where our culture seems to be today. We have so many options, that we are not given to commit to anything over the long haul. If we don’t like a relationship, we leave it easily. If a church rubs us the wrong way, we leave. We then become people that lack committed focus. We are constantly considering another possible option that could come along. Plan A people know how to live in covenant relationship–come hell or high water, we are in it to win it.

Overcomer Action Step: develop covenant relationship with God and others – where we cultivate a burning love for God and for each other.

3. Double-Mindedness: This is major enemy to single mindedness, keeping us unstable in ALL our ways.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

If we have plan B’s in our life, we are setup for instability. These side options keep us bouncing from minset to mindset–decisions to decisions. One of the biggest things the body of Christ needs to manifest in greater measure is stability. Double-Mindedness is holding the instability intact–keeping us from being as effective as we could be for the Kingdom. Double-Mindedness involves the inability to make solid decisions and stick with them. It keeps us waffling on what we believe and who we are.

We ask for wisdom from God all the time. Yet because we live in a realm of double-mindedness, that stronghold drives out the wisdom. God’s wisdom is single-minded. Therefore, we cannot ask for God’s wisdom, be in double-mindedness, and expect to walk in wisdom. We won’t even be able to hear it.

It is my observation when people come to me for help or insight regarding a decision, they usually know what they need to do. They often just don’t want to face the pain and challenge of that pathway. Fear and doubt keep this person in a place of having “two minds” and God won’t compete with another mindset.

God is in a season of teaching us to remove the options, so that we make clear, confident, single-minded and faith filled decisions. This is where the wisdom of God will shine.

Overcomer Action Step: Identify and repent for areas where double-mindedness has been. Begin to face fear and make single minded decisions. Step forward and don’t look back!

Overcomers Have No “Plan B” – Part 1 – John 6

Overcomers, the people that Christ is raising up to be His bride, have a remarkable trait that grows within them throughout their journey–an enduring focus and tenacity to be victorious. Come hell or high water, overcomers have learned that “no turning back” is a constant theme. It wasn’t just something they said at salvation–it is a reoccurring anthem in their hearts to go further and higher with God.  This passion only gets hotter with challenges, because they have learned to use their trials, suffering and internal battles as opportunities to grow and mature.

Overcomers have also learned to not become angry with God when the walk becomes too hard or challenging. One of satan’s key strategies is to give us a perspective that God has left us or put something evil on us–making God our enemy. This tempts us to become an accuser to God in our circumstances, an extremely dangerous place to live. Many fail to become overcomers, because offense gets trapped in their hearts towards God and they develop a root of bitterness towards Him. This makes it impossible to see God as good and the devil as bad. Without seeing God as love and good, we cannot receive what we need to overcome.

We also have to be careful that we do not communicate a false God to the world–that once we accept Christ our lives will be an easy and peachy coast. Every believer must be welcomed with love and acceptance. Yet in addition, a battle sword must be placed in their hands, with instructions on how to use it. The war becomes intense, and Christ needs to prepare His bride to be His strong and victorious army–going into hell and snatching back what has been stolen.

Jesus challenged his disciples and those who followed him with some hard sayings. He often used some challenging teachings, not to condemn, but to weed out those who were in it for the wrong reasons. In John 6, He really kicks it up a notch by telling everyone they must “eat His flesh and drink His blood.” What made it even harder is that He gave no further explanation to alleviate the intensity of the statement.

Jesus’ heart was to bring people into a place of deeper intimacy and relationship, with Father God and with the Word – Christ Jesus. When He made this statement, it was a call to see what was in their hearts. Could they be easily deterred? Were they the kind of people that Jesus would have to coddle and be worried about how they thought about Him? These kinds of teachings would weed out those who hearts were not in it to win it.

From that moment on, the Bible says many of the disciples went back and walked with Him no more. I do not think those people immediately went to the world and stopped serving God. I think they went back to their synagogues and continued their religious worship as usual. They went back to status-quo, where the boat wasn’t rocked and where things felt safe. They missed the opportunity to go to the next level with God because it involved uncomfortable growth. Its amazing how human beings don’t like to be challenged in relationship. We want a powerful relationship with God and others, but we don’t want to go through the battles that it takes to get there. We gravitate towards comfort in our constant avoidance of pain.

Peter’s response is the response of the overcomer as Jesus asked Him, “you want to go too?” Jesus wasn’t trying to play games to keep His band of brothers. They were either in it for the long haul or they weren’t. This is a very freeing place to be as a Christian leader, because you don’t have to be bound by the stronghold of trying to please people and keep them happy. Peter responds like an overcomer by saying, “Where else are we going to go? You have the words of eternal life.” In other words, “There is no other option. Even if there was, they don’t compare. We have been changed forever by the Gospel of the Kingdom. There is no plan B.”

When you come into encounter with God – where He sets you free, heals you and delivers you – His nature gets revealed to your heart where it trumps over all options. Those encounters set the stage for us to see, nothing else compares. Seeing God’s greatness, His dynamic love and enduring faithfulness ought to make any other option pale in comparison. There is no other option.

When we have no plan B: our focus and our journey is clear. The obstacles to keeping a “no plan B” mindset will be the topic of the next session.

The Perspective of An Overcomer – Part 2

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:10-11)

In part one, we focused on the power that an overcomer has in experiencing the blood of the Lamb–the forgiveness of sins which allow us access to the Father, as well as daily forgiveness as we come before God and allow Him to sanctify our hearts.

In this session, we need to know two other factors that create an overcomer’s perspective.

2. They overcome by the word of their testimony.

The power of the testimony is a key tool that needs to be awakened in today’s church. It has lost its power in our culture because we compartmentalize this word to mean, “the story around which we were saved.” Although this is certainly valid, this is only the beginning of the testimony’s power. This word testimony speaks of “evidence, written record or witness.” The testimony gives recorded evidence and witness to the demonstrated power of God in our life today. It gives witness that God is real – Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. God still works today. God still heals today. God still delivers today. Miracles are for today. Your ongoing word of testimony gives witness and evidence to this. When you cultivate this, you become a walking sign and wonder!

If our testimony is always based on something that happened 10 years ago, we need a spiritual renovation. If our stories are always focused primarily on the “good ‘ol days” then we need a revelation of the God of today. The biblical overcomer has made the decision to go for all out transformation, so constant challenges and the need for breakthrough are a daily norm. Daily battles to face fear, to face the pain of our hearts so God can heal us and to step into the unknown–come hell or high water, there is a determination to never be content with status quo Christianity. An overcomer is so overwhelmed with the love of God they abandon themselves into daily breakthrough. Their life is a constant testimony–because their daily lives are a welcome mat for God’s power to show up.

Revelation 19:10 gives us the deep power of the testimony. It says “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Prophecy speaks of the power of the heart and word of God spoken in a timely fashion, for that moment, to give vision and direction to people. When you speak the testimony of what God is doing– you release an opportunity for that word to be prophetic. In other words, you give room for that testimony to be repeated in the lives of those who listen! When someone declares how they overcame anger and learned to forgive, they give everyone who hears this word the prophetic potential to have that same word occur in their own lives, if they will take it and walk it out.

Overcomers are constantly testifying of what God is doing in their life – they are regularly focused on where God is leading them in growth. From glory to glory they are being changed. Their testimony keeps their heart in check and keeps them on a daily focus, reminding them of the big picture that is at work. God is looking for those who think on, speak and demonstrate what God is doing.

Where are you stuck, where the heart of an overcomer needs to rise up within you?

3. They loved not their lives unto the death.

This does not mean that overcomers lived with self-hatred. This also does not mean they walked around with false humility and slumped shoulders. It simply means that overcomers are not self-focus in all things and inwardly obsessed with themselves.

This is a timely word for today’s church. In a culture where we can be obsessed with our stuff, our problems, our needs and our issues; overcomers throw the table over by being abandoned into the nature of Christ within themselves. They have come into acceptance of their identity as God the Father saw them to be. When we have an encounter with the love of God, we abandon ourselves into this love relationship with God, a deep love and acceptance for ourselves, and a undying love for others that is continually poured out in word and deed. Our focus is outward vs self-survival.

So many of our fears and inward battles have opened up a selfish and self-focused mentality. We are consumed with self-survival. The overcomers had no survival mentality. If they died, they died. If they weren’t liked – so what. If people mocked them or opposed them, they were not shaken. This is the heart that God is seeking to establish in the church–a people so given over to the identity of Christ within themselves, they had no need to preserve their identity or reputation.

Fear keeps its claws on us because we have a need to feel safe, to preserve our dignity and to keep things that we hold dear within ourselves preserved. Overcomers have thrown that out the window, because they have nothing to preserve, therefore they have nothing to fear. When you have nothing to fear, your limits have now become limitless!

Where do we need to step out and abandon our self-preservation to become more fearless in our overcoming?

An Overcomer’s Fertile Soil

An overcomer knows the power of the Word of God–where the power of God’s revelation becomes deeply rooted in our inner man. It moves beyond just memorizing Scripture. It is allowing how God thinks to resonate within the depths of who you are, especially as you climb the mountains of growing and overcoming. At each stage, a new level of God’s Word becomes a part of your spiritual DNA.

Mark 4

The word comes as a seed, designed to grow and bear compounded fruit in our world. Yet the cultivation of our spiritual soil must be addressed to host the seed of what God desires to say to us.

Here are the four soils that the seed finds:

1. The seed falls on the wayside. It has nothing to get rooted in, so the birds, which in this case is satan’s kingdom, come and steal it.

How many times have you received a strong and insightful word, only to find that a circumstance, a blindsiding set of thoughts or another person become used to distract you from cultivating the seed that God desires to grow in your heart? Have you recognized that satan can often orchestrate situations or deposit thoughts designed to steal the seed of what God is doing? Where have you noticed this happening? What can you do to help guard the deposit of the word in your heart?

2. The seed falls on stony ground. Two things happen here:

  • There is no depth in the soil to provide a deep root system. They receive something from God and they take off fast, but only last for a while. They have not learned to develop spiritual depth.
  • The tribulation that comes BECAUSE of the word. The ways of the Kingdom of God automatically carry an offense to the world. The system of this world, under the operation of satan, comes into opposition with the seed of the word, thus pushing the overcomer into times of tribulation, suffering and hardship. That tribulation comes as a result of what that word represents. It comes to challenge the word in us, but in reality, the tribulation only serves to grow and strengthen the overcomer.

What does it take to develop a spiritual depth to host the seed of God’s Word?

3. The seed falls on thorns, which end up choking the life out of that seed.

The thorny ground is the soil of a person who has too much focus on the cares, riches and desires of this world’s system. Because of this leavening, they are unable to carry the mindset that the Kingdom of God brings. They are too distracted and narrowed in on natural, temporal and unimportant things. As a result, the move of God often passes them by. And even when the seed is received, they do not have the spiritual atmosphere within to continue in it.

An overcomer has the big picture and a heart that has been daily trained on the ways of God – which keeps the soil fertile and fruitful.

What areas can use some shifts into a more regular Kingdom mindset, where the system of this world wont clog up your ability to hear what God wants to say? In what areas can you get a bigger spiritual picture?

4. The seed falls on good soil, which produces a mutiplyig crop.

This is where the person hears the word, but it doesn’t stop there. They accept what that words requires in belief and action. Because of it, they respond as doers of the word and manifest the word of God in their life. This manifestation produces massive fruit – compounding 30x, 60x and even 100x in their lives and in the lives of many. This is the power of the seed!

Where does your heart burn to see compounding fruit for God?

The Perspective of An Overcomer – Part 1

The overcomer is the one Jesus spoke of in Revelation that truly pleased the heart of God: come hell or high water, they allowed God to transform them more and more into the image of Christ. They took opposition and hardship as opportunities to let God shine and for their hearts to be refined.

We have to remember, the overcomers spoken of in Revelation are not just speaking of people in the past – it describes a people who will be shown in future days as being those who had a heart in everything to become victorious and triumph over the enemy. If you have an overcomer’s heart – then the Biblical description speaks of you!

Yet what gives the overcomer that spiritual edge to endure until the end? What is it that sets an overcomer apart from all others? While others are satisfied with status quo, passivity or run over by discouragement, what are the inward perspectives that keep the Kingdom vision alive within an overcomer?

The primary thesis of an overcomer is found in Revelation 12.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:10-11)

1. They overcome by the blood of the Lamb.

They understand their position and identity in Christ as God’s child. They recognize that the battle hinges so much on knowing that they are received through the shed blood of Jesus, given them access by faith to be God’s child. They have surrendered themselves to standing on Someone Else’s foundation. They settled the issue of their standing with God. They did not wallow or become defeated in thoughts of accusation, condemnation, guilt and shame, because they truly settled in their heart that God is their Father and they are his children.

The cleansing of the blood not only gave them the ability to have relationship with God, it also gave them the continual opportunity to come before God and receive daily forgiveness of sin. Overcomers are not perfect and sinless – they are being perfected. They knew in order to overcome sin, they couldn’t be bound in guilt over their sin battles. They did not become bound by religious guilt, nor did they have to restart their relationship with God when they failed – because they had a proper lens of what the blood provided.

They also went beyond the surface sin issues that we often focus on. They allowed God to go deeper, to address the underlying root system of sin that dilutes our love relationship with God and others. They chose to face fear, to deal with pain of the past, to remove insecurity and to remove thought systems that compromise who they are.

Because their understanding of forgiveness is so powerful, they have no problem forgiving regularly and frequently. They do not want to dilute the power of being forgiven, so they forgive freely and graciously. They forgave quickly because they truly knew what it meant to be forgiven.

When forgiveness operates at its fullest-forgiveness from God to us, from us to others and from us to ourselves – the power of the blood has its most richest effect. Overcomers don’t use the blood as a cliche; its their daily access to God.

More to come . . .

2. The word of their testimony.

3. They did not love their lives to the death.

The Heart of the Overcomer

The Heart of an Overcomer:

It seems more then ever, God is cultivating and building an army of overcomers; those who have the deep desire to let their identities be formed in the fire of God’s love and proven in the spiritual battle trenches of life. Those who respond to this call have the mark of an end times warrior on their heart. They are willing to do whatever it takes to grow up in God and bless their world with the heart of the Father. They have a deep revelation of God’s goodness and love, so nothing becomes an eternal hindrance in their life. As the days get more challenging, it is becoming clear to the church that God’s number one concern is not our comfort. He is most concerned with transformation in our lives and in our land. Obstacles, disappointments and heartache only add to the power that will come through their life, because they have learned to have their hearts healed and the destructive root systems weeded out. Its all about overcoming.

The Greek word for overcome is Strongs 3528 (nikao) which speaks of those who prevail, conquer, overcome and become victorious.

There are many marks of an overcomer. Here are some:

1. They continually allow God to renovate their heart and life. (Heb. 12, Rev. 3:21, 3:5)

2. They know its all about going the distance. Their eyes are on finishing well. (Heb. 12)

3. They know about intimacy with God. (Rev. 3:21)

4. They realize they are in constant training and development – so they are not wiped out by continual trials and challenges. (Rev. 21:7)

5. They can be trusted with the things of the Kingdom. (Rev. 2:26)

6. They are grown and elevated in God’s process. (1 John 2:12-14)

7. They have the ability to understand the secrets of God’s Word. (Rev. 2:17, Prov. 25:2)

8. They know how to take their peace in the midst of chaos. (John 16:33)

9. They know how to defeat the enemy in their life. (Luke 11:22 and Mark 3:27)

More to come . . .

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