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2014: Year of Overcome

In the month or so leading up to the new year, I kept hearing one word resound in my spirit as I’ve prayed. I believe it’s a command, it’s a promise, it’s an encouragement. The word isย overcome.

There are things in the past year I am excited to see His grace manifested to overcome. I also know that there will be new challenges and unknown foes to overcome. No reason to be afraid. Through faith, every word He speaks carries the ability to carry it out and see Him move.

Joshua and Caleb had a promise. All of Israel had a promise. The only difference was the first two believed and the others didn’t.

The book of Numbers recounts the 10 spies going into Canaan to see everything. They saw the tremendous fruit and beauty, but they also saw the giants, walled cities, and obstacles to the promise.

Eight of them had a fear-based report on the situation while Joshua and Caleb stood firm in their trusting God.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of [the land], for we will surely overcome it.”

I looked up that word in the Hebrew and “surely overcome” means,

  • to prevail, overcome, endure, have power, be able
    • to be able to gain or accomplish, be able to endure, be able to reach
  • to prevail over or against, be victor
  • to have ability or have strength

Overcome is quite a word! Even with their faith, the people rebelled and complained against God until He gave them what they asked for, what they believed–they would not inherit the land. God’s promise stood though–their children would inherit that their parents had forsaken.

Well, the children and Joshua and Caleb. Faith makes a way.

They had battled fearful perceptions, they had to endure and overcome the failure of an entire generation, but when it came time, they were still filled with faith. Caleb reminds his old friend in Joshua 14:6-12 (paraphrasing),

“Moses promised me this land and I’m as strong today as I was 40 years ago. I’m ready to overcome. Give me the go-ahead. Give me my mountain.”

He knew there were enemies wanting to stop him. He also knew this was the moment he had lived for and waited for, and nothing would stop him once he was released to go. I love that faith! He was saying, “Joshua, you give me the word to fight and it’s as good as mine.” It had been in his heart since the time he laid eyes on the land.

These past months, I’ve been praying the same verses, “give me my mountain” and now God has given me the assurance, “overcome.” Though I can see the challenges in front, I have a hope for what He’s promised as He never fails even when I wonder where the strength is coming from or will come from.

overcomeStill takes preparation. Still takes faith, but you can trust Him.

I don’t believe this is only for me. I believe it’s for you too. It’s God time to overcome. You may have endured many delays and setbacks, felt small in the view of fearsome enemies, but you’re “still alive” (as Caleb said) so you can be convinced the promise is at hand.

What do you think? Do you have some situations or areas where you could overcome? Are you encouraged to stand and see it through?

14 Comments

  1. Amen! We all have obstacles or enemies we need to overcome, not with our might necessarily, but faith in our Father who calls us to revere Him and not fear the world. Why should we fear what is in His control? Why should we fear what sits next to us in the palm of His hand and is subject to His will? Fear is the tool of the enemy… Peace comes from within where our Father resides. Encouraging post, brother!

    • You hit the nail on the head. If we truly believed God was above all, we wouldn’t fear, but the evidence of the fear betrays us. I’m guilty as anyone. There’s more to receive from Him, more to be gained through walking with and trusting Him. Thanks Floyd.

  2. Just before reading this post, I wrote a note to myself to explore a post idea on “Going Beyond Average.” Then when I read your post, I realized that at least a section of that idea needs to include “Overcoming Average.” I feel like I’m surrounding by people who have accepted average. They aren’t necessarily average, but they have accepted it because it’s easier. I have done the same much of my life too. When I was a kid, someone told me, “You’re average and will always be average.” In the past few years, I’ve felt the growing motivation to defy that prediction placed on my life. I feel pulled down by the average mentality around and in me. But, if I’m not careful, I’ll write the whole post here. I’m ready for your & others ideas & thoughts on this!
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    • Wow, that’s a power-packed comment. Definitely lots to explore! I’ve had to face up to many things people spoke to me not understanding the judgment they placed on me. Have to listen to God and what He thinks--both for the speaker and the listener. It can be so difficult at times. Look forward to reading more when you post, Kari. Thank you.

  3. Time to face the giants.

    • Amen. Here we come! Thanks TC.

  4. “Overcome” is a tremendous word for 2014! This is such a great reminder to trust in God no matter what obstacles we are facing and to stand strong with Him. Beautiful!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Focus!My Profile

    • Leaning and relying on His strength and victory! Thank you, Martha.

  5. I definitely believe this is a word for all of us.

    There’s an old Southern Gospel song entitled “Like Never Before”. The lyrics state:

    Lord these mountains are higher than I’ve ever climbed, and these burdens I carry are greater this time; But I know I can make it, if only you’ll help me. Lord I need you like never before.:

    I tried a quick search to see if I could find a video but no luck.

    Anyway, we can overcome. We can be overcomers… in Him. As we start this year out, that’s exactly where I want to be: Overcoming in Him.

    Thanks Jason!
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    • Sounds like a great song. Love those lyrics and I feel the strength from them. Thanks so much, Dusty. Ready for overcoming in Him!

  6. Count me in…thank God Jesus has over come death for us and given us strength to over come what ever this old world brings our way. Any battle or struggle is easier to win if there is help and we have the best help there is, a Holy Righteous God who is on our side, will help us finish well. Great post brother.

    • He is not looking for us to fail. He is leading us to victory because His word (and His Word) has already accomplished it all. It’s a foregone conclusion and completed in Him. We just have to trust Him through the fight. Good encouragement, Betty. Thank you!

  7. Visiting from Faith Barista…

    Thank you for this post and the great reminders of the Lord’s faithfulness. Ironically, the word that He has led me to this year has been promise, and it is interesting how promises, faithfulness, and overcoming are so closely related. I love this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

    Blessings on you and yours this year, and may you truly overcome all that is before you to the glory of Jesus and His great name!

    • Love this verse and such a beautiful word! Thank you for the confirmation. Promise and overcome and faithful. What a hope we have! Thank you, Elizabeth.

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