Do you have what it takes to persevere, to overcome?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.
(Revelation 2:26 (NIV))

What does it take to overcome?

Perseverance and focus of direction comes to mind.

In the last twelve months, I have had the honor of knowing two family members who have persevered. My cousin in Indiana has been coaching high school sports for twenty-six years. Last basketball season, his high school team won the state championship in their division. This fall, my 16 year old son and his high school band have persevered by earning a spot in their division in the national band festival to be held in Annapolis, Maryland. Both examples show what can happen when we have a focused sense of purpose. They show what is humanly possible when we strive for a goal that we have established.

Do you desire to see Jesus in all of His glory? Do you desire to sit at the feet of God and praise His Holy name? Do you want to walk closely with Jesus and know the very heart of God?

All too often, we will set a goal in the physical world and work incessantly to achieve that goal. Do we do the same thing for our goals where God is concerned? Do we spend countless hours practicing so that we can get it perfect? Do we spend every waking moment eating and breathing and thinking the very heart of what we say that we seek? What happens if a basketball team does not practice and they lose their focus? What happens if a band loses sight of the desire to play flawlessly? We have all seen these very things happen in one form or another.

Now, what will happen to our walk with God if we fail to devote the time to become mature in our faith? It isn’t a very pretty picture if we fail to overcome. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself exactly what we need to overcome? I can honestly tell you that it is not listed in Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

We are to overcome sin. We overcome sin by accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. Once we do this, then we must strive to follow Jesus. We must allow the Holy Spirit to come inside of us and to work within us. We must let the old, sinful self die and embrace the grace and mercy that we are freely given. We must strive to be like Jesus more and more each day.

Are you overcoming your sinful nature?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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