Are you an Overcomer in the spiritual battle raging between evil and the kingdom of God or are you being overcome? Men, we need to be reminded that the lack of civility and the hateful rhetoric of our day is due to the father of lies – Satan. Jesus identifies him as, “a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). When truth and integrity are missing in our public discourse, brought about by the murderer, the result is character assassination on a broad scale.
When discerning the cause of the discord, hatred and anger in our nation, we need to see it as a battle between the forces of Satan and the reign of Jesus’ kingdom. Paul gives the right perspective, “For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil” (Eph 6:12 – Phillips). Are you ready to face hate, bigotry, and irrational reactions.
As a follower of Jesus, you can be expected to be hated, whether you like it or not. Jesus warned us that we would be hated. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as it own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates us” (John 15:18-9). “All men will hate you because of me,” Jesus tells us, ” but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Mk 13:13). The distain for the followers of Jesus is evident in the cultural wars. This hatred can be irrational. “They hated me without reason” ( John 15:25). “Do not be surprised,” John reminds us, “if the world hates you” (I John 3:13)
It is hard to be an Overcomer if we respond with hated in your heart. Remember the hatred will only intensify in the days to come. Don’t allow yourself to be over come with anger or resentment. In Jesus you can be an Overecomer. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Revelation gives us a glimpse into the intensity of the present day hatred. We read of a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down” (Rev. 12:10). Then we are warned, “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short” (Rev 12:12).
Men keep your heart open to the awareness of Jesus presence at the center, in your soul. John give us this wonderful promise. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you greater than the one who is in the world” (I John 4:4). We can learn to think like Jesus. “Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your suffering as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way” (I Pet. 4:1-2 – Message)