Have you ever felt like you were all alone while you stood staring down an overwhelming opponent? Maybe your opponent is a co-worker, a spouse, a disease, an empty house, a wayward child, a floundering bank account???
I can't possibly know what you are facing but I have come to believe that you are facing something - just like I am.
Recently the DJ from our local Christian Radio Station introduced Mandisa's new song Overcomer, with this thought:
He said that in his many years as a radio DJ, he had never had ONE song requested as much as this one. Everybody is calling him asking for it.That tells me, above all other things that we face as Christians, as parents, as lovers ... as created human beings the hardest to overcome is discouragement. We collectively feel like we might not get through this. We might not win this one.
I watched the music video from Mandisa's song and could barely see through my tears as it played. The stories are compelling and the people are real. They did it! They fought the fight and they won!
I can too. (And YOU TOO!)
My Bible tells me "we are more than conquoerors..." (Romans 8:37) We are going to get through our battles, climb our mountains and conquer our fears - if we just trust Him. He is holding us, leading us, protecting us, fighting alongside of us. And best of all HE IS ALREADY VICTORIOUS!
You Are An Overcomer.
Don't give up.
Don't quit. Don't give in. You're an overcomer. In Jesus' name.
Lyrics for Mandisa's New Hit song Overcomer.
Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing's really going right
Looking for a ray of hope
Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He's not gonna let it get the best of you
You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You're not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer
Everybody's been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you're not alone
Just take a breath, don't forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know
The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There's nothing He can't do
He's telling You
I am in the process of polishing up my latest manuscript. It is about a fighter - a man who fights in the ring but finds himself fighting for so much more. I wanted my character to feel discouraged and overwhelmed to the point of almost giving up. Then as he battled and struggled seemingly impossible odds, he would hit his knees and not give up the fight, but give into the fight. My character Daniel needed to go through the fight to see what was truly worth fighting for. Often it isn't what we picture or what we are hoping for. In the eyes of our loving Savior, the only thing worth fighting is who we are in Him. And how He will use our struggles, our mountains, our pain to make us more like HIM.
Please check out some scripture verses from Romans 8 in The Message. Let the words sink in and saturate your soul and all that it is longing for. Jesus loves you and you will overcome!