Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Be Of Good Cheer

The result of His overcoming is peace for us and this should bring us good cheer! The Lord Jesus often used this phrase “Be of good cheer.” Let’s look at a few of them it briefly.

1. Good Cheer of His Pardon (Mt. 9:1-8)
2. Good Cheer of His Power (Mt.9:18-22)
3. Good Cheer of His Presence (Mt.14:22-27)
4. Good Cheer of His Prominent Victory over the World (Jn. 16:33)

Three Elements of Overcoming

In Revelation 12:11-12 we see three elements of overcoming that are helpful to see. This passage is speaking of those during the tribulation, but the principles of overcoming that are seen here applies to us as well. Notice they over came by three things:

1. They overcame by the blood of the Lamb. This reminds us that positional all believers are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb. We are seen in His victory!

2. They overcame by the word of their testimony. They will not have as much as we have now in one sense, but they had a testimony for Christ. Peter knew what this was like, he had denied his Lord, yet He gave testimony that he was “kept by the power of God through faith.” Read Peter's testimony there in 1 Peter 1:3-5. This thought of overcoming by our testimony applies to each of us potentially.

3. They overcame by the fact that they loved not their lives to death. What do we think of our own lives? The Lord Jesus said, “He who loves his own life will loose it and he who looses his life for my sake will shall.” This speaks of the very practical side of overcoming. We are told to lay down our lives for one another in 1 John 3:16.

Overcoming in the New Testament
So how is overcoming looked at throughout the New Testament? The Greek verb and noun occurs about 28 times, in 16 different forms, in 24 verses of the New Testament. We have seen that positional ever believer is an overcomer, but practically, many of us feel overcome rather than like overcomer!

We are instructed in Romans 12:21 “Not to overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good.” Evil is everywhere, but we are not to fight evil with evil. God Himself overcame evil with good when He gave His Son to be our Savior. How is it possible to overcome evil with good? It takes us back to Romans 12:1-2. Read those verses careful and let them challenge your heart.

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