You can be an Overcomer

 

 Scott2 and Glennis June 7,2010

My spirit has been greatly stirred in the last months by  Sermons my wife and I have been able to listen to over the Internet. Particularly, David Wilkerson and Carter Conlin from Times Square Church website (tscnyc.org) and also sermons from various other Men of God.

The daily intake of these messages helps me to consider many things; allowing the Holy Spirit to prick my heart in many areas. I’m so thankful to the faithfulness of these preachers. Their sermons have been part of my spiritual breakfast, so-to-speak, giving me a lot to consider and creating a sense of urgency in me to reach out and share Christ with as many people as I can! I have found  great purpose in my life being a testimony to my generation for my Lord Jesus because we are truly living in the last days.  What an amazing time to be alive!

Many times our perspective of our life’s trials can be so relative to those around us, even cultural. We have expectations and standards that to us seem “normal”.  As we grow in our relationship with Almighty God, we can begin to see a larger viewpoint, in both our worldview and our eternal viewpoint. Trusting God is in control of my circumstances and that my life is in His hands, I can realize a peace in my soul. Knowing  and having confidence that His thoughts toward me are “yea and Amen”(2 Cor 1:20) “thoughts of Peace to give me an expected end”(Jer 29:11) and trusting that His “goodness and Mercy will follow me all the days of my life” (Ps 23:6).

If I find myself in adversity, I can be assured that although afflictions may seem like a weakness, God will use weakness to demonstrate His power. “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power” (1 Cor 4:20). His Word is to be living and powerful, when the Holy Spirit gives us revelation; abundant life will spring forth—Life, life, and more life!  As we seek God’s plan for our lives our souls will greatly prosper.  Apparent weakness may be the vehicle that God uses to display His strength. You don’t have to be sick or physically challenged to be weak, it is a mindset that you’re not in control – God is!

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2Cor 12:10.

To quote Pastor David Wilkerson, “I have called on God for deliverance and I believe him for complete healing. Yet, while I go on believing, I continue to thank God for the present condition and let it serve to remind me how dependent on him I really am. With David I can say, “It is good for me” (Psalm 119:71).

God wants to give us much, much more than just a physical healing. He wants to give us a complete healing; Everything- spiritually and physically! If we only desire something in the temporal, physical realm we can limit God in His transforming and redemptive power.  The children of Israel expressed their unbelief and limited God. After He had miraculously led them out of Egypt, they immediately complained to Moses about not having enough meat and bread to eat. They grumbled to Moses saying God led them into the desert only to starve them to death (Ex 16:3-12). God gave them what they wanted….bread!…but sent leanness to their souls. Why do many only seek the physical blessings of health and wealth, which are temporal, and not live a surrendered life that glorifies God with its work of pure gold? This value system is eternal!! Why do we only want to survive but not enter into all that the LORD promised? “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Mt5:6). “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rm 8:32)

God  gave me a verse, back in the early years of learning of my diagnosis of ALS. He gave it though two people, out of state that I didn’t know very well, and He has ministered it to me in the quietness of my heart many times.

“This disease is not unto death but for the glory of God” (Jn 11:4).

I keep believing for the promise of physical healing. However, God has also given me the living application of that verse day by day,  He has extended my life so that He will be glorified. He has worked through this disease and has extended my life to praise and testify of Him. I am so grateful God has given me more time here on the earth to experience measures of both types of healings! It is by faith I can look for the substance of both.

I win either way! I can be an overcomer, so can you! We can rule over life because Jesus conquered the grave. God has already won the victory for us!  If I lose my life, I wake up with Jesus in my new glorified body, totally healed! Hallelujah! Brother and Sister it would be far better to lose your life physically than to suffer loss in your soul for eternity.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”1Co 15:55

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