Faith and Being an Overcomer

Are you feeling powerless, powerless to control your destiny, unsatisfied with the direction your life has or is going, powerless over your career, finances ,relationships studies, and daily life?

We are in a spiritual battle for our hearts and minds and our souls, sometimes with little strength to be victorious. You will face temptation, confusion, worry , lies, anxiety, falsehood, confusion sadness, loneliness, but it’s how you handle yourself in these times that matter.

Would you believe me if I told you there is one who can empower you ,to prevail over the emotional  , physical and spiritual chaos you have going on in your life , one who can give you the power to be a  more than a winner, but  to be joyful, have wisdom , confidence , calm in their life , to be an overcomer you may think that’s crazy but I promise you it’s true.

As an overcomer you are no longer defined by your trials  but by your  victories, as an overcomer you put on the God given armor to  protect you from the enemy  and it  empowers you to concur your greatest obstacles and fears and that armor willprepare for battle to win in your own life and keep you grounded when you face difficulties which we all will.

It will help you live with unstoppable strength unmovable faith , unbelievable power ….

It’s time to claim and live as an overcomer

Overcome fear with faith

The law of the pendulum is this: A pendulum can never return to a point higher than the point from which it was released. Because of friction and gravity, when the pendulum returns, it will fall short of its original release point. Each time it swings it makes less and less of an arc, until finally it is at rest. This point of rest is called the state of equilibrium, where all forces acting on the pendulum are equal.

Story By Ken Davis – The Law of the Pendulum

In college I was asked to prepare a lesson to teach my speech class. We were to be graded on our creativity and ability to drive home a point in a memorable way. The title of my talk was, “The Law of the Pendulum.” I spent 20 minutes carefully teaching the physical principle that governs a swinging pendulum. The law of the pendulum is: A pendulum can never return to a point higher than the point from which it was released. Because of friction and gravity, when the pendulum returns, it will fall short of its original release point. Each time it swings it makes less and less of an arc, until finally it is at rest. This point of rest is called the state of equilibrium, where all forces acting on the pendulum are equal.

I attached a 3-foot string to a child’s toy top and secured it to the top of the blackboard with a thumbtack. I pulled the top to one side and made a mark on the blackboard where I let it go. Each time it swung back I made a new mark. It took less than a minute for the top to complete its swinging and come to rest. When I finished the demonstration, the markings on the blackboard proved my thesis.

I then asked how many people in the room BELIEVED the law of the pendulum was true. All of my classmates raised their hands, so did the teacher. He started to walk to the front of the room thinking the class was over. In reality it had just begun. Hanging from the steel ceiling beams in the middle of the room was a large, crude but functional pendulum (250 pounds of metal weights tied to four strands of 500-pound test parachute cord.).

I invited the instructor to climb up on a table and sit in a chair with the back of his head against a cement wall. Then I brought the 250 pounds of metal up to his nose. Holding the huge pendulum just a fraction of an inch from his face, I once again explained the law of the pendulum he had applauded only moments before, “If the law of the pendulum is true, then when I release this mass of metal, it will swing across the room and return short of the release point. Your nose will be in no danger.”

After that final restatement of this law, I looked him in the eye and asked, “Sir, do you believe this law is true?”

There was a long pause. Huge beads of sweat formed on his upper lip and then weakly he nodded and whispered, “Yes.”

I released the pendulum. It made a swishing sound as it arced across the room. At the far end of its swing, it paused momentarily and started back. I never saw a man move so fast in my life. He literally dived from the table. Deftly stepping around the still-swinging pendulum, I asked the class, “Does he believe in the law of the pendulum?”

The students unanimously answered, “NO!”

Law Of The Pendulum

So what happened to his faith in the law of the pendulum  ?  He knew it was true yet he ran out of the way.  He didn’t put his faith in the test,you see faith can only be proven by our actions. You cannot say you believe and not put your faith to action.

For followers of Jesus a lack of faith is seldom related to disbelief but it’s usually a matter of fear

As Cs Lewis wrote “ Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods” our moods are  our emotions   things like fear and if we haven’t learned to master our emotions it can destroy our trust in what we know to be true.

We often think of faith as some sort of Biblical term

We live on faith every day even if you are not a Christian you live by faith daily.

When you travel, you are living by faith – getting into a plane that is flying through the air at 500 miles per hour not knowing the crew and yet believing they will get you there safely.

You have faith when in your car that the green light you just went through was red on the other direction.

Ephesians 6 :16  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

As a Christian you must know that you will get bombarded by thousands of flaming arrows  and they are called temptation, lies, evil, stealing, doubt, sadness, anxiety and the only way you will be able to stand up to all this and protect yourself is through your faith, read your bible, strive to be a better person. Know that all lies and I mean all lies come from evil.

How does faith work and how do we get it how do we develop it and how does it over come fear?

1 John 5:4  “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.”

Having faith means we move forward even when we do know what is ahead.

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

You can grow your faith

Here’s is what the Bible says we need

  1. To grow your faith we need preaching of facts Romans 10:17 When God tells us to do something and we do it we are strengthening our faith and so we are pleasing God.
  2. To grow your faith you need problems. I know this one is rough to grasp but we all have problems and so we all have a chance to grow our faith. We don’t wake up saying Lord give me some problems , we all want a smooth life, happy family, great health, amazing friends ,  enough money to pay the bills, great kids who listen to our every word. Problems hit us like storms and cause us waves of fear. I don’t like problems, and I am sure you don’t as well. But I have learned to deal with my problems and rely on God to see me through , my faith over the years have grown, and yours can too. Problems are God’s way to draw us near to him it teaches us to lean on him in any situation and grow our confidence in the amazing unseen reality of of our Lord.  When you have a chronic illness and say you are in a hospital bed the only place you can look is up , if you are in jail , or a rehab, you lost a loved one. Don’t wait to hit the bottom to reach out to God. We have a tendency to trust more in our self and lean on our own understandings than in God. God uses problems to strengthen our faith not to punish us . Don’t try everything then say prayer is your last resort. Make it the go to first and always in good and in not so good times.

Ask God what are you trying to teach me when you are faced with problem’s , not why God.

  1. We grow our faith, We need people – don’t be isolated put yourself in a group of believers not those who don’t listen to God. You will get closer to God by being around others who also worship God.  God gives us a purpose that will challenge us and teach us in many ways. He will strengthen our faith. You learn faith by stretching our faith muscles.
  2. To Grow our faith we need purpose and prospective- in Luke 17:5-6  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Jesus means not the size of your faith that counts it’s the size of your God that counts. They needed prospective to grow their faith. God is able to do anything and everything.  Suppose you went to Minnesota fishing in the winter would you have a little faith in 2 feet of ice or a lot of faith in 1 inch of ice? You see it’s not about how much faith we have its how secure the object of our faith is.  No matter how small your faith is keep praying and it will grow. Trust in God he will see you through anything.

Remember you are called to walk in victory , the most important step is putting your faith in God and trust whatever your dealing with or going through he will see you through.

The most important relationship for every one of us is our relationship with Jesus Christ.  Choosing to believe that he is who he claimed to be—the Son of God and the only way to salvation—and receiving him by faith as your Lord and Savior is the most vital act anyone will ever do.  We want life.  He is Life.  We need cleansing.  He is the Living Water.

Here is a simple prayer if you have not yet given your life to Jesus and invited him into yours:

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. Come reign in my heart, fill me with your love and your life, and help me to become a person who is truly a person like you.  Guide me so I do right as my choices are not always the best. Teach me to live in faith . Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. Thank you, God for loving me knowing I am not perfect. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

This is what I learned by watching David Jeremiah

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