How To Overcome Life’s Challenges – Part 2
1. See yourself as an overcomer. How you see yourself determines what you do and how far you go in life. Seeing has to do with your mental image, perception and belief system about yourself. If you want to overcome life’s challenges, whatever they maybe, you must see yourself as the victor and not the victim.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
According to this scripture, you have already overcome. You have overcome because the Greater One lives inside of you. The Greater One is the Spirit of God. He lives inside of you. You and Him make an unbeatable team.
4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5)
This word overcomes is the Greek word nikao, which means, “to subdue, conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.” According to this scripture, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have already subdued and conquered every challenge you will ever face in life. In the mind of God, you have already overcome, prevailed and got the victory. Now you have to adopt this same mindset and walk in the reality of your victorious state.
King David had many enemies and faced many challenges. However, he saw himself as an overcomer. He did not let the amount of enemies or challenges he faced reduce his resolve to win. He constantly spoke victorious things about himself in his psalms. In one place he said, “For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.” (Psalm 18:29) Then in another place, he says, “Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war my rise against me, in this I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:3) This is kind of mindset and self-affirmation is what made him such an OUTSTANDING worshipper, warrior and king.
Helen Keller is another example of someone who saw herself as an overcomer. At the age of 19 months, she contracted a disease that left her blind and deaf. Nevertheless, Helen did not allow this to stop her. She was determined to be educated and empowered. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
She went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles. She co-founded several organizations and raised money and support for other organizations. Helen Keller traveled to over 39 countries and was very active politically and socially.
As you can see, Helen Keller didn’t let her disability impede her progress. What excuse do you have? If Helen Keller can overcome life challenges with these enormous disabilities, surely you can overcome life challenges without disabilities. In the words of Helen Keller, “The world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Wow!
2. Open your mouth and resist Satan. One day as I was lying on my bed in quietness, the Holy Spirit spoke very clearly to me and said, “You can’t win with your mouth closed.” Those words pierced my soul and I’ve never forgotten them. He was giving me the biblical strategy to overcome every test, trial and temptation. Beloved, if you’re going to win in this life, you’ve got to open your mouth and practice the vocabulary of the victorious. There’s no other way!
We have too many “silent suffers” in the body of Christ. Don’t be quiet anymore! Have a rebellion! Not against God, but against Satan. Don’t go along with his program any longer. Don’t allow his plans to prevail in your life. Open your mouth and resist him. To resist means “to remain firm against the actions, effects, or force of; withstand.” The Bible says, “…Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
This is what Jesus did in his temptation in the wilderness. With every temptation from Satan, Jesus opened his mouth and resisted him with the written Word of God. He kept saying, “It is written.” And the Bible says, “Then the devil left Him…” (Matthew 4:11) This is what you’re going to have to do. You can’t resist Satan thought for thought. You have to resist him VERBALLY! You have to resist the challenges you face with a verbal assault. Your victory is in your mouth. So, open it and win!