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For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4-5 NIV)
Never in a million years would we have imagined or envisioned that our lives and our world would change so drastically. Never would we have imagined that for two consecutive years, life as we knew it would be immeasurably transformed. Not only have we been dealing with a global health crisis, but our everyday lives have been impacted in a myriad of ways. We are plagued on a regular basis by social injustice, political upheaval, alarming rates of gun violence, economic uncertainty, racial tension, skyrocketing inflation, employee shortages, supply chain issues, catastrophic weather events caused by climate change and so much more.
All of these issues, coupled with our own individual challenges, have left many of us feeling completely overwhelmed. Some of us feel as though the burdens have become so heavy that we could easily collapse under the weight of them. It is in times like these that we must be determined to overcome, even when we feel overwhelmed.
In spite of the challenges we face, we are declaring that this is The Season of Overcoming- when we finally begin to conquer the things which threaten to conquer us. The word overcome originates from the Old English word ofercuman. It means "to reach, overtake, move or pass over." It also means "to conquer, prevail over, or defeat in combat". Overcoming is about recognizing that we are in a battle, and through our faith, we are able to defeat all that comes against us.
In his epistle, John reminds us that every believer overcomes the world. This is an assurance that even when we are bombarded by burdens and plagued by problems, even when we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders, we nevertheless have the power to overcome. We overcome not in our own strength, but through our faith in Jesus Christ. It is that faith in Jesus which undergirds us and sustains us, such that we not only find the strength to endure, but to overcome.
In this Season of Overcoming, we must put our faith in the One who has overcome the world, recognizing that He has likewise given us the power to overcome everything that challenges us. In this season, we must affirm that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37). It is up to us to see beyond the tumult of today, and with eyes of faith we must daily declare, “I am overcoming!” Through faith in Jesus, we are all overcoming.