Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Overcomers: Christians in areas of persecution have used many metaphors and similes to describe the victory of following Jesus and becoming an overcomer as He was. Here are some examples:
In the former Soviet Union, believers said: Overcomers are like nails. The harder you hit them, the deeper they go!
In China believers said: Overcomers are like bamboo. The more you cut them down, the faster and stronger they grow back.
In Iran believers said: Overcomers are like rubber balls. The harder you throw them down on the floor, the higher they rebound! and Overcomers are like flowers. The more you crush them, the stronger and sweeter the fragrance.
In the Philippines believers said: Overcomers are like stained-glass cathedral windows at night. Their true beauty is revealed only when there is light from within.
In India believers said: Overcomers are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water to know how strong they are!
You can be an overcomer! And you can stand strong through the storm!
RESPONSE: Today I will be an overcomer standing strong through the storm.
PRAYER: Pray that all Christians living under severe persecution will be encouraged and understand what it means to be an overcomer…as well as anticipate the many rewards Jesus promises to overcomers.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
If a gentle answer turns away wrath, why do we choose to say harsh words? We hear harsh words everywhere we go. People seem to be so angry these days. The southern California freeways are notoriously known for drivers having “road rage.” I do not even want to know what kinds of words are being spoken in the cars of others while driving. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Our mouths are speaking right from our hearts. The difficulty with having a “gentle answer” is that the character trait of self-control has to be developed first. If we look at the fruits of the Spirit, the last one is self-control. It starts with love and ends with self-control. We all have the ability to speak gentle and kind words to each other when we want to be kind and loving. However, we do not want to be gentle and kind when we have been criticized or mistreated. These situations require self-control so we can watch our words and answer with gentleness and kindness.
I pray for self-control daily. Not only do I not want to regret my words, but also I really want my heart to reflect the Lord. I see the Lord’s reflection in me when I hear the words that come from my heart. Listen to yourself today. What kind of words do you use? What kind of tone or attitude do you have? Are your words edifying and encouraging or destructive and negative? Then, when you get angry, evaluate your words again. God wants us to have peace: He left it and He gave it. Anger is not a sin but stirring anger up is. Pray for the Lord to take hold of your heart to help you to hold your words. Pray for self-control of your tongue.
Have you noticed how easy it is to react in a negative manner when something negative happens in your life? Doubt may creep into your thoughts and cause you to question God and His Word. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Samuel Hearne was an adventurer who took an expedition to the mouth of the Coppermine River. He recorded that a few days after the journey was started, Indians stole most of the expedition’s supplies. What was the explorer’s comment on the theft? Surely he must have been upset and distressed about so great a loss. Not so! The optimistic Hearne wrote: “The weight of our baggage being so much lightened, our next day’s journey was more swift and pleasant.”
Remember, negative reactions only make a bad situation worse. Choose to look for the bright side of problems this week. Keep tabs on the results of your optimistic outlook. You might also want to keep a record of how your perspective is changed.
We hear this so many times during the course of our day. What we need to do is to speak what you believe from God’s word for this will help us to overcome challenging circumstances. See, God does not want us to deny the existence of a problem. We are to face it boldly with the truth about God’s character, WHAT He has done and WHAT He promises to do.
BUT GOD WHEN we use it and strategically place it … it will bring victory to every battle and every challenge we face. Have you been feeling unloved and unworthy?
When you talk about your situations with others the key is staying focused on the truth and gaining victory is to end with…….BUT GOD …. followed by words of faith.
How many times do we hear we know God loves me but I feel unworthy and unloved . When we do this the problem gets the focus and the final say. Instead end it in faith and power. INSTEAD say … I am feeling unloved, unworthy, insecure BUT GOD loves me so much. He has given me the life of Christ, raised me up together with Him, and seated me in Heavenly places. I AM LOVED, WORTHY, ACCEPTED, AND SECURE.
GODS WORD GETS THE LAST WORD
The medical report says I have cancer……BUT GOD says Jesus Himself took my sicknesses and carried away my diseases. No weapon formed against me can prosper.
Our Father will grant us a long satisfying life and fulfill His good plans and purposes for us. In every battle let Gods word have the last say.
Seek God and ask Him to help you to strategically place BUT GOD in your sentences and end with the promises of God.
THERE IS POWER IN THESE TWO WORDS: BUT GOD
Genesis 8 … BUT GOD remembered Noah.
Joseph spoke to his brothers You intended harm for me… BUT GOD intended it for good.
In Acts 3:15 Peter charges You killed the author of life, BUT GOD raised him from the dead
WHAT IS YOUR PLACE OF IMPOSSIBILITY? WHAT IS MAKING YOU FEEL HOPELESS? FEELING HOPELESS? FEELING UNLOVED? FEELING UNWORTHY?
There is power in the phrase BUT GOD when we end BUT GOD with the promises of God. He teaches us we can either speak life or death over our lives and situations. Always use BUT GOD with His promises. Don’t let your BUT GOD focus on your problems and get the final say.
SO When you start to slip and you are feeling discouraged look up some BUT GOD VERSES and be reassured of God’s involvement in the lives of those who love Him.
Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; BUT GOD meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Psalm 49:15 BUT GOD will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: BUT GOD is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Romans 5:8 BUT GOD commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Corinthians 2:10 BUT GOD hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Dear God, We come to you tonight with praise and thanks. Help us today to strategically place our BUT GOD in our sentences and that our BUT GOD ends with the promises of God. May we always speak life over our lives and situations . God please help all those who are feeling unworthy, unloved, and insecure to see the promises you have for them and that they are your child and they are filled with your power. Help them to see You and unlock this incredible power. It is with your might, power, love, grace, and mercy it can be done they just need to use their BUT GOD and end it with Your promises. We come to you in the mighty powerful name Jesus Christ. Amen
Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
God’s grace toward us is even more amazing and beautiful in light of His holiness! What is God’s grace all about? It’s about the fact that we didn’t deserve God’s love and mercy, but He gives it to us anyway. This generosity isn’t because of what’s in us, but because of His own loving nature.
Why don’t we deserve God’s goodness? Because God is holy and perfect. He doesn’t even have the hint of sin or imperfection. Because of this, He cannot have a meaningful relationship with anybody who carries the guilt of sin. Since every one of us has done what we knew was wrong countless times, we all deserve God’s judgment, not His goodness. Just stop and think about what your life and all of eternity would be like for you if God gave you what you deserve from Him. Take a minute and consider it. Now do you see why God’s grace is so amazing?
God’s reminding us today of how much He’s given us, although we didn’t earn it. Stop and thank Him. If you’ve never experienced His grace, pray to Him now and ask Him to pour out His forgiveness on your life and change you.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous; the LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
How blessed we are to have such an amazing God working on our behalf!
When you are in trouble and things are going wrong, remember who your help is; turn to Him. When you are discouraged and paralyzed with fear or loneliness or hurt, remember who your hope is; turn to Him.
Read these powerful words again and see how God is reminding you of who He is, what His nature is like. If you align your life to Him, if you build your life around your relationship with Him, if you make His purposes your own, then you will experience all the goodness that He is waiting to pour out on you. He will become your “help” and your “hope”.