On Enduring and Overcoming

Just the sound of this pair of words elicits a sigh. I know. It entails extraordinary courage, Spirit power if you will. Yet, whether we like it or not, we are called to patiently endure and overcome. Our Savior endured so much, even death on the cross. And we are called to follow Him and be like Him, the Shepherd of our souls. Don’t be surprised then if we go through a lot of enduring. Our faith will be tried and tested. And tried and tested. There’s a lot of enduring and overcoming to be done. We cannot escape it or go around it; we can only come through it, by the grace of God.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)

Enduring, though it carries with it a lot of serious responsibility, diligence, and sacrifice, is not entirely bad. Truth is, it comes with a blessing. Blessed is the man that endures. If you’re like me who had gone through a lot of enduring these many years, you know it’s NEVER EASY. You know it’s hard and tedious and painful. But if this is the way God works, blessing those who endure temptation, who are we to disannul it?

But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Mat. 24:13)

Enduring is painful, yes. But the Lord Jesus Christ enables us to overcome. Overcome temptations, trials, hardships. We can because He did it first. In His own words:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

We are called to overcome. Overcoming is an inherent part of our being true followers of Christ. Often we lament the dark valleys we need to traverse, the mountains we need to climb, and the raging rivers we need to ford. But it is through those enormous obstacles that we are presented with the opportunity to overcome. An obstacle is actually an opportunity to overcome. And only those who overcome shall receive the reward. I’ve been observing how people of the world, those outside of the household of the true faith of Jesus Christ and the will of God, are having it easy. It seems that they have not a lot to overcome and they cruise through life pleasurably.

But I’d rather be counted worthy by the Lord to be given tests and trials to overcome than have an easy life. It means He is with me to strengthen and empower me and He delights to reward me in the end.

Many times in The Book of Revelations, we read how the Lord will mete out great rewards to those who overcome. To him (or her) who overcomes, He promises:

  • He will eat from the tree of life.
  • He shall not be hurt by the second death.
  • He will be given hidden manna to eat and a white stone with his name on it.
  • He will be given power over the nations.
  • He will be clothed in white garments and his name will not be blotted out from the Book of Life.
  • He shall be made a pillar in the temple of God.
  • He will be granted to sit on the King’s throne.
  • He shall inherit all things and be a true child of God.

Amen. And how do we go about the business of overcoming?

And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Rev. 12:11, annotation mine).

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Comments

  1. Kay says:

    Crazy, but I posted on Holley’s link up about being Overcomers today, too! I love what you have to say about it though…things I didn’t even think about. You’re right. We overcome through Christ and His sacrifice. Amen! Thanks for encouraging us all today.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Kay! I went over to your place and had myself another dose of overcoming! “Overcome evil with good” – a short but powerful reminder!

  2. Heather says:

    James 1:12 was in my devotion this morning! Scads of people with hardships seem to be around me everyday but we have to just keep hanging on and pointing them to the one who overcomes. Thanks for sharing Rina : )

  3. Yes, when I endure and overcome temptation, I draw closer to Him and my faith and trust in Him grow stronger.

  4. Holley Gerth says:

    So grateful for you, friend! XO

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