“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelation 3:21 KJV)

The word “overcome” is a invitation to “come over” and “cross over.” The troubles and mountains of life have a great blessing on the other side. I see God smiling and inviting us to a banquet, beautiful things and places. He’s beckoning us to come over and experience his goodness like a grandmother calling her family to a Thanksgiving feast. We have to cross over our “Jordan,” some obstacle, to experience many of the great things of God.

It is through the pressure of  bad situations that bad things are rubbed off of us or cleansed. We have a choice – we can either worship God or whine. We can ask God, “Why?” but this is not very productive.  Or we can ask “What does this mean, God?” or “What do you think or feel about the situation?”  Then when we hear what our Father is saying, our hearts can align with His.  This is overcoming. I have learned when I am going through something difficult, I need to look to God’s face and his smile. Then I feel at peace. It is written that Jesus “for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross.” Jesus saw the Father and multitudes of people smiling, full of joy because of salvation.

In John 16:33 as quoted above, the word “overcome” is originally derived from the greek word “nike,” which means “victory”. Overcoming is being victorious!  This is the character of Christ Jesus! So next time you see a Nike shoe, think about Jesus and how He gave us power to overcome anything. Yes, anything! Yeha!

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