SONG: Last year, I ran three big races – a 15K, a 10 miler and a half marathon. It was a Big Fat Deal. This is because I had never been interested in exercise until I was 37. At age 41, I had built up enough stamina as a (slow) runner to begin to run some longer races, and I trained like mad. Races in April 2015 (15K), May 2015 (10 miles) and November 2015 (13.1 miles) made me feel like a rockstar…until I didn’t. You can read all about this in my Couch Potato Series. Long story short, I found out my back was in extremely bad shape in January 2016. Like so-bad-you-may-never-run-again-and-need-surgery shape. Mandisa’s Overcomer is my anthem this week because my return to running was this past Wednesday. My doctor said I could ease in and do a little bit, so I ran my first mile with some minimal soreness, which is a miracle. Before I even made the attempt to run again, I had come to a place of victory in my heart and spirit about the injury. I had come into a place of inexplicable peace because I knew God was with me in the trial, no matter the outcome. Honestly, that is what really makes me an Overcomer. Praise God.
SCRIPTURE: Double the scriptures this week! The concept of having victory in our lives as a result of Jesus’ victory on the cross is the focus of these scriptures. These are two of my favorite passages because they assure us of our own victory when we trust in the Lord.
The first is found in John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Take heart! If you know Jesus, His victory becomes your own. He has overcome the world, which means you can too. For some of you, your circumstances will change and improve and you’ll have victory that way. For others, it may be that your circumstances will not improve, but your spirit will have victory and peace. Despite your trials, you’ll triumph within.
The other related passage is from Romans 8:35 & 37
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
MORE THAN CONQUERORS. Can you wrap your head around that? It’s hard for me to. You aren’t a just a conqueror (which would be awesome enough), you are more than that. This is because Jesus has done the work of conquering death, sin, sorrow and hopelessness. He is the Ultimate Conqueror. Then, by grace, His work is applied to those who are called by His name, making us OVERCOMERS, more than conquerors, victorious!
PRAYER: Jesus, You have overcome the world. This means that all my worries and pain have been overcome by your work on the cross. Help me to grasp this fully and walk in Your victory, even when I don’t feel it or see it. Allow me to be flooded with a peace that passes understanding and a confidence that You are always working on my behalf. I pray my life would reflect my belief that I am an Overcomer because of Your great love and mercy. Thank you for all you’ve done. In Your precious name I pray, AMEN.