The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

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I like stories of individuals who are being an overcomer. These stories are motivational and faith building. I met a pastor in Russia a few years ago who was jailed for a period of time because he passed out Christian tracts about Jesus. That experience did not stop him but helped build his resolve to build the Kingdom.

Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy were placed in a concentration camp during World War II because they hid Jews in their home. They led many Jewish women to Jesus during their interment. They never gave up hope that Jesus was with them through this terrible ordeal. Each day they were overcomers. Betsy would eventually die in the camp, but not before she gave everything she had to help others. What a celebration there must have been when she entered heaven and was given the crown of life.

Failure to Overcome

The story of Adam and Eve’s first son Cain gives us insight into the importance of being an overcomer.  Genesis 4:When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” [1]

Sin was ready to spring upon Cain like a lion ready to strike its prey, but he did not subdue it. As a result he later killed his brother Abel. Cain’s failure to be an overcomer would haunt him the rest of his life.

How to be an overcomer

What about you? How can I become an overcomer and not fall into the enemy’s trap?

To hear more about the story of Cain and Abel, listen here:

[1-7] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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